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Scholarship awards


The Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Program awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased veterans or veterans receiving 60 percent to 100 percent Veterans Affairs service-connected disability compensation who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war.

Combat duties are not required.

Students must be Ohio residents under 25 and be enrolled for full-time, undergraduate study at an eligible Ohio college or university. The application deadline is July 1. For information, call the Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission at 330-740-2450.

Women’s symposium


Military women from the five service branches are encouraged to register for the Sea Service Leadership Association’s 26th annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium, the largest gathering of military women in the nation.

The two-day symposium, which offers opportunities for networking, mentoring, education and leadership development for women of all ranks, is June 6-7 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. Attendees may register at


Moving up


Air Force Staff Sgt. Ian Guthridge recently was promoted to his present rank while serving in South Korea. Guthridge, the son of Mark and Lori Guthridge of Boardman, is a 2008 graduate of Boardman High school.


Air Force: Airman Earl J. Riggs (Beaver Local High School, Lisbon,’12), son of Kim Riggs of East Liverpool; Reserve Airman Jason R. Kotheimer (Boardman High School, ’06), son of Eric and Wendy Kotheimer of Youngstown; Airman Randall W. Chambers (Commodore Perry High School, Hadley. Pa., ’08), son of Jill Chambers and Randall Chambers, both of Greenville, Pa.; Airman 1st Class Christian T. Milhoan (Crestview High School, Columbiana, ’07), son of Rochelle and Michael Milhoan of Leetonia; Airman David V. Knight (West Middlesex High School, West Middlesex, Pa., ’12), son of Thomas and Trisha Knight of West Middlesex; Airman 1st Class Quinton Hoover, honor graduate (Salem High School, ’08), son of Kimberly and Steve Hoover of Salem.

Army: National Guard Pvt. Cameron A. Coyne (Riverside High School, Painesville, ’11), son of Antoinette Noday-Krager of Thompson and Joseph Coyne of Sharpsville, Pa.; National Guard Pfc. Rob W. Reed (Canfield High School, ’11) son of Robert and Candace Reed of Canfield.

Marine Corps: Pvt. Koby B. Kushner (Pacific Grove High School, Pacific Grove, Calif., ’09) son of Lisa Love of Pacific Grove and Milo Kushner of Greenville, Pa.; Pvt. Dalton J. Gilson, son of Amy S. and Ward D. Reed of Hubbard; Pvt. Mark W. Noel (Springfield Local High School, New Middletown, ’12), son of Helen R. and Mark E. Noel of New Middletown; Pfc. Michael D. Bradley (Howland High School, ’05, and Central State University, Wilberforce, ’11), son of Irene M. Hargrave of Warren; Pvt. Treason A. James (Howland High School, ’12), son of April E. James of Warren; Pvt. Jacob D. Castner (Hubbard High School, ‘12), son of Maria T. and Donald B. Castner of Hubbard; Pfc. Mikayla L. Carr (Laurel High School, New Castle, Pa., ’11), daughter of Cindy Carr and Tom Carr, both of New Castle; Pvt. Jason D. Bowman (United Local High School, Hanoverton, ’04), son of Sherri A. Mamounis of Youngstown; Pvt. Justin J. Simpson (Newton Falls High School, ’08), son of Bruce J. Simpson of Newton Falls; Pfc. Dawson Z. Rentz (Hubbard High School, ’12), son of Lorri L. Olson of Masury and John E. Rentz of Hubbard; Pvt. Raymond J. Taylor (Champion High School, ’12), son of Robert P. Taylor of Warren; Pvt. Steven A. Stone Jr. (Minerva High School, ’10), son of Marcia Stone of Lisbon and Steven Stone of Minerva.

Navy: Seaman Recruit James A. Wisler (Garfield High School, Akron, ’10), grandson of Helen Wisler of Struthers.


Naval Academy

Ryan Austin Williams, a 2009 graduate of McDonald High School, where he was class valedictorian, is scheduled to graduate Friday from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., with a bachelor of science degree in systems engineering and be commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

Williams, the son of Susan Manna of McDonald and Jay Williams of Washington state, and the grandson of Bill and Judy McGuire of Liberty, will be assigned to Quantico, Va., for continued officer training. He will receive his post assignment this summer.

At the academy, Williams was a member of the Navy Varsity Rifle Team for four years, serving as team captain his senior season, and was 2013 All American in Air Rifle (Honorable Mention) and named All Conference for four years. He was a two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association qualifier and two-time Junior Olympian.

While in high school, he participated in track and cross county and the Vienna Cougar Rifle Team, and was named Student Athlete of the Week during his senior year.

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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