armed forces digest

armed forces digest



Navy Seaman Rebekah R. Ray, daughter of Janet A. and Thomas R. Turner of James-town, Pa., graduated with honors from Basic Electronics Technician School. Ray is a 2003 graduate of Greenville Area High School in Greenville, Pa. She is a 2007 graduate of Clarion University, Clarion, Pa. with a bachelor’s degree.


Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher A. Swecker graduated from the Cryptologic Linguist Specialist Course at the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, Monterey, Calif.

The course is designed to provide knowledge and skills necessary to perform at the apprentice level in speaking and translating a foreign language.

Swecker, who has served in the military for two years, is the son of Robert L. and Carol R. Swecker of Austintown. He is a 2010 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School.


Air Force: Airman Aaron M. Zirkle (Grove City, Pa., High School, ’11), son of Deanna Zirkle of Mercer, Pa.; Reserve Airman Melinda S. Didlott (Lakeview High School, Stoneboro, Pa., ’08), daughter of Patty Johnson of Sandy Lake, Pa.; Airman Matthew T. Lesky (Salem High School, ’05, and Pittsburgh Technical Institute, ’07), son of Leslie Lesky of Salem; Reserve Airman Matthew D. Uyselt (West Branch High School, Beloit, ’09), son of Brenda and Art Uyselt of Beloit.

Marine Corps: Pfc. Elliot A. Citino (West Branch High School, Beloit, ’07); Pvt. Zachariah K. Logston, son of April L. and Clyde K. Logston of Warren; Pfc. Patrick G. Williams (Steubenville High School, ’09).

Navy: Seaman Abbie L. Blagovich (Steubenville Catholic Central High School, ’96; Seaman Tiffany L. Scott (Woodrow Wilson High School, ’00, and Cleveland State University, ’10), daughter of Maxine J. and Jerry J. Scott of Mineral Ridge; Seaman Recruit Aaron T. Ayersman (Shenango High School, New Castle, Pa., ’12), son of Suzette and Ric A. Ayersman of New Castle, Pa.; Seaman Apprentice Adam D. Cain (Sharon High School, Sharon, Pa., ’12), son of Paula and Dominic Cain, Sharon; Seaman Chris L. Rexrode (Pymatuning Valley High School, Andover, ’11), son of Esther E. and Henry K. Rexrode, Andover; Seaman Nicholas Goelz, (Sharpsville High School, Sharpsville, Pa., ’12), nephew of Elizabeth A. Knauff, Sharpsville.

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

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