Reunion planned


The Youngstown State University Veterans and ROTC Alumni Reunion is Nov. 16 and 17.

On Nov. 16, there will be a 6 p.m. reception followed by dinner at 6:30 at the Williamson College of Business Administration Atrium. Cost $40 per person.

The Nov. 16 program includes a welcome by YSU President Dr. Cynthia Anderson; ROTC program and YSU Veterans Center updates; presentation of the Cincinnatus Award for exemplary military and community service; and remarks by Noreen Moderalli, president-elect of the YSU Alumni Society. The master of ceremonies is retired Army Lt. Col. Rod Hosler.

Activities on Nov. 17 include a Terrace Dinner (indoor tailgate buffet) at Stambaugh Stadium at 12:30 p.m., $10 per person; and at 2 p.m., the YSU vs. Indiana State game, for which a $10 ticket is available in a block reserved for reunion attendees.

The reservation deadline is Nov. 12. Call Heather Belgin at 330-941-1591 or visit

Job counseling


Gary Zarilla, veteran employment representative of Lawrence County CareerLink, and the Erie Veterans Center, invites veterans to tour the Mobile Vet Center Van at CareerLink, 102 Margaret St., New Castle, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Counselors will be available to answer questions.

WAVES meeting


North Coast WAVES Unit 21 invites all female veterans who served in conflicts from World War II to the present to its 11:30 a.m. meetings the second Saturday of every other month in March, May, July, September, and November 2013 at the 356th Fighter Group in Canton.

Though North Coast WAVES is a northeastern Ohio unit of WAVES National for Women of the Sea Services, all women veterans are encouraged to meet with the unit and enjoy the social events.

The next meeting, a Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday, will feature a tribute to a symbol of military units and entertainment by local singing group Ocho-Synch-O. For reservations, call 330-788-5005. The cost is $15.


Home again

Three members of the Ohio Army National Guard’s 148th Transportation Co. in North Canton have returned to the United States after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. They are:

Sgt. Robert J. Mcguire, a motor vehicle operator. He is the son of Sandy and Mark Tucker of East Rochester and a 2009 graduate of Carrollton High School.

Spc. Trevor D. Mathey, an operations specialist. He is the son of Dean and Sharon Mathey of Stow and a 2007 graduate of West Branch High School, Beloit.

Spc. Jessica B. Myers, an assistant supply sergeant. She is the daughter of Lynn Myers and stepdaughter of Bo Chester of North Benton and a 1997 graduate of Salem High School.


Air Force: Reserve Airman 1st Class Rebekah L. Haught (Oak Glen High School, New Cumberland, W.Va., ’00), daughter of Michael Laslovich of Wellsville; Airman Alec J. Thomas (David Anderson Junior/Senior High School, Lisbon, ’09), son of Richard Thomas of Lisbon.

Army: Pvt. Rachel E. Johnson (North Brunswick High School, Leland, N.C., ’12), great-granddaughter of Gladys and the late William “Bill on the Hill” Johnson of Boardman, assigned to the 58th Transportation Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Marine Corps: Pfc. William D. Sartor (Southeast Local High School, Ravenna, ’12), son of Patritia and Carl Sartor of Deerfield; Pfc. Zachary E. Whitcher (Salem Senior High School, ’12), son of Mary A. and Bruce A. Whitcher of Salem; Pfc. Vincent M. Stanton (Riverside High School, Ellwood City, Pa., ’12), son of Rebecca J. and Michael D. Stanton of Ellwood City, Pa.; Pvt. Samuel A. Getz III (Austintown Fitch High School, ’12), son of Susan M. and Samuel A. Getz of Austintown; Pvt. Kyle C. Gerlach (Boardman High School, ’12), son of Gary G. Gerlach of Youngstown; Pfc. Tyler P. Wilson (Warren G. Harding High School, Warren, ’12), son of Rose and Scott Wilson of Warren.

Navy: Seaman Justin K. Mixon (Richland Northeast High School, Columbia, S.C., ’05), son of Wendy J. and stepson of Larry J. Davis of Salem.


Newly commissioned

Army 2nd Lt. Isaac James Melnick, son of Atty. Robert and Diana Melnick of Green Township, was commissioned upon graduation from the Military Academy at West Point and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He is stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., where he is training as an infantry officer.

During his four years at the Academy, Melnick’s four-man team placed first in Rapid Equipping Force Grand Challenge for the team’s waste heat cogeneration system, for which the academy is pursing a patent.

Melnick was in the Cadet Exchange Program studying for a semester at the Naval Academy, and walked across the football field before the start of the Army-Navy game in what is known as the “prisoner exchange.”

He also participated in Christian Navigators for four years and was president his senior year. He received the Navigator Award for Leadership as cadet-in-charge and was awarded a five-pointed gold star signifying his status as a Distinguished Cadet. He graduated from Air Assault and Airborne School.

A 2008 graduate of South Range High School, where he played varsity baseball and football, he is the grandson of Gladys Melnick of Boardman and the late Atty. Arseny Melnick; and Frank Annaheim of Kinnelon, N.J., and the late Isabelle Annaheim. He attended Old North Church in Canfield and Salem Bible Church.

Items of note for the Armed Forces Digest can be sent to The Vindicator, Regional Desk, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown 44501-0780, or emailed to

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