ARMED FORCES DIGEST
North Coast WAVES Unit 21 and AMVETS Post 44 will have a special screening of “Honor Flight the Movie” at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at Cinemark Tinseltown Theater next to Southern Park Mall.
People who want to attend should reserve their tickets by using the website at www.tugg.com/events/2895. Tickets are $10.
This event will take place only if 80 tickets are reserved in advance of the showing by Tuesday. Groups are encouraged to order for any World War II or senior veterans who may not use the Internet.
For information, contact Jennifer Baun, North Coast WAVES Unit 21 event coordinator at 330-788-8488; or Jan Brown, AMVETS Post 44 events coordinator, at 330-518-5532.
Vietnam vets day
Preparations are under way for the commemoration of Vietnam Veterans Day in Ohio from March 26 to 29. This year is the first state-level commemoration of the day.
The state commemoration also marks the 40th anniversary of the end of America’s role in the Vietnam War. The theme of the commemoration is to honor all those who served there and to remember those who didn’t make it back. Events will be at the Ohio History Center at I-71 and 17th Avenue and at the Statehouse.
The highlight of the four-day commemoration is the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, known as the The Wall That Heals, at the center. The wall, escorted by motorcyclists from the Patriot Guard Riders and Rolling Thunder, will arrive about 2 p.m. March 24.
Panel discussions will take place at the center March 26-28. They will focus on experiences of veterans, the suffering and endurance of prisoners of war, the roles played by female veterans and a historical perspective on the war and its aftermath. After the discussions, Vietnam veterans will be able to record their experiences in living history interviews to be permanently on file at the center.
A formal dinner will be at the Statehouse, along with an opening ceremony at the center and a closing ceremony at the Statehouse. There also will be a final memorial ceremony at the wall to close the commemoration.
All events are open to veterans and the public. Volunteers are needed to help reach out to veterans and veterans’ organizations, staff the events, greet veterans, provide services to veterans and their families who are in attendance and several other functions. The Ohio Department of Veterans Services website contains a special section with a schedule of events, volunteer information and other details of the commemoration at dvs.ohio.gov/home/vietnam_veterans_commemoration.aspx.
Air Force Capt. Craig Neuman, Special Operations Command, has been selected for the chief of staff’s prestigious doctoral program and will study at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., for a doctorate degree in political science/international relations beginning in September.
Selections were based on academic experience and job performance. The program identifies promising officers early in their careers and begins the development that will help them become Air Force and joint leaders capable of broad strategic and critical thinking and decision-making, according to the Air Force.
Neuman, the son of Sheryl and Craig Neuman of Liberty, was valedictorian of the 2001 graduating class at Liberty High School. A distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy in 2005, the Air Force then selected Neuman to attend Harvard University where he earned a master’s degree at the university’s Kennedy School of Government.
He and his wife, Trisha, a registered nurse, have two daughters, Elyse and Eden.
Neuman is a command pilot of a Spectre Gunship and stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. He has had two combat tours in Afghanistan, where his aircraft provides close-air support to ground troops under attack.
Excellent rating earned
The 179th Airlift Wing received an overall Consolidated Unit Inspection rating of “excellent” after undergoing six days of compliance inspection by the Air Mobility Command Inspector General.
The inspection is a periodic review of the wing’s compliance with processes, procedures and regulations in daily operations. The 70-member team of inspectors from units throughout the Air Mobility Command reviewed checklists of several thousand items involving every major office and shop within the wing, primarily evaluating 10 major graded areas, including manpower, personnel and services, intelligence, public affairs and financial management.
Additionally, there were three team awards and nine individual performers recognized.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class William M. Ferenczy, son of Linda L. and William J. Ferenczy of North Jackson, and Navy Constructionman Anna L. Parcher, daughter of Deborah A. Foltz of Jamestown, Pa., and Mark E. Parcher of North Lawrence, Ohio, along with other sailors attached to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 recently received the Rear Admiral Eugene J. Peltier Award for fiscal year 2012.
Units selected for this award are recognized leaders in the naval construction force in safety, overall performance, readiness, construction accomplishment, equipment management, logistics programs, retention and training.
The battalion completed an eight-month deployment in Afghanistan in 2012 during which it set the stage for the surge draw down of U.S. and coalition forces and eventual transfer of mission to the Afghan forces.
Ferenczy is a 2005 graduate of Northshore High School of Slidell, La., and joined the Navy in March 2009. Parcher is a 2010 graduate of Jamestown Area High School of Jamestown, Pa., and joined the Navy in August 2010.
BASIC TRAINING GRADS
Air Force: Airman Ethan P. Shacklock (West Middlesex, Pa., High School, ’12), son of Dawn and David Shacklock of West Middlesex.
Army: Reserve Pvt. Justin J. Beck (Austintown Fitch High School, ’12), son of Wendy Beck of Youngstown.
Marine Corps: Pvt. Chelsea L. McKarns (Caddo Mills High School, Caddo Mills, Texas, ’12), granddaughter of Pallin McKarns of Hanoverton.
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