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 (Updated: 08Sep2014 - listed alphabetically) 
 

Bernard, Lyane
Army Pvt. Lyane Bernard has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. She is a 2012 graduate of Loxsackie-Athens High School, Loxsackie, N.Y.

Biazzi, Stephanie
U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Stephanie Blazzi graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Blazzi earned distinction as an honor graduate. She earned an associate degree in 2010 from Suny Orange Community College, Middletown, N.Y.

Biolsi, Dominick
Air Force Airman 1st Class Dominick Biolsi graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Biolsi is the son of Carla and Peter Biolsi of New Windsor, N.Y.  He is a 2013 graduate of Cornwall Central High School, New Windsor, N.Y.

Blake, Giovanni
Army Pvt. Giovanni Blake has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Blake is the son of Janice And Kevin Blake of Port Chester, N.Y.

Collazo, Sajirah
Air Force Airman Sajirah S. Collazo graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Collazo is the daughter of Tamika Plummer of Maybrook.  She is a 2013 graduate of Valley Central High School.

Griffith, Timothy
Air Force Maj. Timothy Griffith was selected to attend the National Intelligence University located at the Defense Intelligence Agency. He obtained a Masters degree in Science and Technology Intelligence, graduating July 25, 2014. He is a rated as a senior pilot with over 2000 hours in the B-1 and 900 combat hours over Afghanistan.
While on active duty, military members are encouraged to further their education through off-duty programs.  Many educational programs for servicemembers are subsidized through tuition assistance or veterans benefits, and G.I. Bill educational funded programs.
Griffith is currently serving as Joint Readiness Branch Chief with Operations Directorate, Joint Chiefs Of Staff, Pentagon, District of Columbia. He has served in the military for 12 years.
Griffith is the son of Dorothy Donahue of Mahopac, N.Y.  He is a 1998 graduate of Mahopac High School, Mahopac, N.Y. He earned an bachelor's degree in 2002 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.

Imperato, Laura
Air Force Airman 1st Class Laura A. Imperato graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Imperato is the daughter of Deborah and David Imperato of New Rochelle, N.Y.  She earned a diploma in 2009 from Maria Regina High School, Hartsdale, N.Y., and a bachelor's degree in 2013 from Baruch College, New York, N.Y.

Klock, Andrew
Andrew   Klock, an Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadet at University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn., has graduated from the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Knox, Ky. He is a 2011 graduate of Nanuet Senior High School, Nanuet, N.Y.

Leonard, Samantha
Air Force Airman Samantha L. Leonard graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  Leonard is the daughter of Regina Harris of Florida, N.Y., and sister of John Dayton Jr. of Hayes, Va.  She is a 2011 graduate of S.S. Seward Institute, Florida, N.Y.

McSween, Brian
Army Pfc. Brian McSween has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. McSween is the son of Carmella and Stephen McSween of Hudson, N.Y.  He is a 2011 graduate of Hudson Senior High School, Hudson, N.Y. He earned an associate degree in 2014 from Columbia Greene Community College, Hudson, N.Y.

Monge-Sansone, James
Air Force Airman James L. Monge-Sansone graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Monge-Sansone is the son of Edwin Rosa and Alba X. Monge-Rosa of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; the brother of Andrew J. Monge-Sansone of Valdosta, Ga., and Michael A. Monge-Sansone of Minot, N.D.; and the grandson of Julia Martinez of Yonkers, N.Y. He earned a diploma in 2014 from Roy C. Ketcham High School, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Olinger, Greg
Lt. Col. Greg S. Olinger has graduated from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pa., and earned a master's degree in strategic studies. The college is the Army's senior educational institution.     He is currently serving as civil engineer with the 1st Brigade, Southern Division, 75th Training Command, Joint Reserve Base Ellington, Texas. He has served in the military for 22 years. Olinger is the son of Billy C. and Carol M. Radford of Angleton, Texas.

Plumlee, James
Army Reserve Maj. James M. Plumlee has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  He is a Theater Field Confinement Facility Executive Officer based out of 450th Military Police Company, Area Support Group - Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.  Plumlee is the son of Patricia D. Plumlee of Franklin, Tenn., husband of Amy C. Plumlee of Franklin, Tenn. and son-in-law of Andrew Mazzara of Dearborn, Mich. and Diane M. Mazzara of Mount Juliet, Tenn. He is a 1990 graduate of Hillwood Comprehensive High School, Nashville, Tenn. He earned an bachelor's degree in 1994 from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

Psathas, Evan
Air Force Airman Evan N. Psathas graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is a 2013 graduate of Monroe Woodbury, Central Valley, N.Y.

Snow, Justin
Justin Snow, an Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadet at Bryant University, Stony Brook, N.Y., has graduated from the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Knox, Ky. Snow is the son of Sheri and Michael Snow of Valhalla, N.Y.  He is a 2011 graduate of Valhalla High School, Valhalla, N.Y.

Torres, Marco
Army Pvt. Marco Torres has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Torres is the son of AnnaElise and Antonio Torres of Napanoch, N.Y.

Truglio, Nicholas
Air Force Airman Nicholas J. Truglio graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  Truglio is the son of Joseph P. and Melinda Truglio of Witte Drive, N.Y. He is a 2013 graduate of Minisink Valley High School, Slate Hill, N.Y.

Whalen, Peter
Lt. Col. Peter J. Whalen graduated from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pa., and earned a master's degree in strategic studies. The college is the Army's senior educational institution. He is currently serving as an interoperability officer with the Army Reserve Element, Headquarters Joint Forces Command, Suffolk, Va. He has served in the military for 25 years.  Whalen is the son of George F. Whalen of Newtown, Conn. He is a 1983 graduate of Carmel High School, Carmel, N.Y. He earned an bachelor's degree in 1987 from Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.  In the photo,  Whalen, right, is congratulated by War College Commandant Major General Anthony Cucolo, III

 

 

 (Updated: 04Aug2014 - listed alphabetically) 
 

Abbatiello, Daniel
Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel S. Abbatiello graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  Abbatiello is the son of James P. Abbatiello and Denise D. Rozenburgh-Balliram, step-son of Robin Balliram.of Yonkers, N.Y., and grandson of Arlene Bartel of Bronx, N.Y.  He is a 2005 graduate of Beacon High School, Beacon, N.Y. He earned an bachelor's degree in 2014 from Ashford University, San Diego, Calif.

Bastion, Stephen
United States marine LCPL Stephen Bastion  graduated from bootcamp at parris island S.C nov. 15 2013 . He is stationed at Camp Lejeune N.C with 2/2 Easy company . Stephen is the son of Janet Schofield of Montgomery ny and Steve Bastion of Cornwall ny . Stephen is a 2013 graduate of Valley Central High School

Brown, Benjamin
Army Pvt. Benjamin J. Brown has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Brown is the son of Patricia Lewis of Poughkeepsie, and Benjamin Brown of Mount Vernon. He is a 2011 graduate of Poughkeepsie High School, N.Y.

Calcedo-Acuna, Heylin
Navy Seaman Recruit Heylin S. Caicedo-Acuna, daughter of Dilson J. Caicedo and Rosmeri Acuna of Newburgh, N.Y., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Caicedo-Acuna is a 2013 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy North Campus,   Newburgh, N.Y.               

Cartelli, Kathryn
Air Force Airman 1st Class Kathryn A. Cartelli graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Cartelli is the daughter of Pam and Chuck Cartelli of Yorktown. She is a 2011 graduate of Yorktown High School.

Ferencz, Julius
Julius R. Ferencz has joined the United States Air Force under the Delayed Entry Program. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to enlist and delay going into basic military training for up to one year. He will report to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Texas for basic training in July.  Ferencz is the son of Dianna Low and step-son of Anthony V. Picardi of Catskill.  He is a 2014 graduate of Coxsackie Athens Junior Senior High School, Coxsackie.

Granton, Matthew
Navy Seaman Matthew J. Granton, son of Francis J. and Ann M. Granton of Monroe, N.Y., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.   Granton is a 2011 graduate of Monroe Woodbury High School, Central Valley, N.Y.

Guerreo-Suarez_David
Air Force Airman David A. Guerrero-Suarez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Guerrero-Suarez earned distinction as an honor graduate.  He is the son of Gina Gerrero of Yorktown Heights. The airmen is a 2013 graduate of Yorktown Heights High School, Yorktown Heights.

Harvey, Torrance
Air Force Airman Torrance R. Harvey II graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  Harvey is the son of Tina and Torrance Harvey Sr. of Newburgh.  He is a 2011 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy.

Jones, Williams
Air Force Airman 1st Class William A. Jones graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Jones is the son of Basiyr and Nonna Jones of Bloomingburg. He is a 2010 graduate of John S. Burke Catholic High School, Goshen.

Litzner, Kelley
Kelley Litzner has been selected for promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Army. Litzner is currently serving as Chief, Physics Branch, Nuclear Weapons Effects Office with Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va. He has served in the military for 16 years.  He is the son of Karl Litzner of Frankenmuth, Mich.  Litzner is a 1994 graduate of Frankenmuth High School, Frankenmuth, Mich. He earned an bachelor's degree in 1998 from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

Mabra, Malik
Air Force Airman Malik I. Mabra graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Mabra is the son of Leon W. Mabra of Slate Hill, N.Y. and LaShan Johnson of Richmond, Va. He is a 2013 graduate of Armstrong High School, Richmond, Va.

Mackay, Frank
Air Force Airman Frank MacKay graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  MacKay is the son of Jennifer and Christopher MacKay of Sunnyside, N.Y., and grandson of Dorothy Quinn of Greenwood Lake, N.Y.  He is a 2008 graduate of George F. Baker High School, Tuxedo, N.Y.

McMorris, Patrick
Air Force Airman 1st Class Patrick W. McMorris graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. McMorris is the son of Sean P. and Phyllis T. McMorris of Walden, N.Y.  He is a 2008 graduate of Valley Central High School, Montgomery, N.Y. He earned an associate degree in 2012 from Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Montague, Kareem
NORMANDY, France -- Army Lt. Col. Kareem P. Montague stands on hallowed ground, as he and hundreds of other American service members are here commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day invasion in 1944, that changed the course of World War II and history. “Honoring our history, securing our future” is the reason the American service members are here today.
Montague, a member of 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., spent approximately one week in the Normandy region, participating in ceremonies and representing Americans who fought here 70 years ago. 
"(I'm) honored and humbled to have participated in the 70th commemoration of D-Day invasion events," said Montague.
Montague is the son of Leota Montague of Fishkill.  He is a 1991 graduate of John Jay High School, East Fishkill. He earned an bachelor's degree in 1995 from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Parrett, Richard
Air Force Airman 1st Class Richard E. Parrett graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Parrett is the son of Douglas E. and Kim M. Parrett of Connelly.  He is a 2009 graduate of Kingston High School. He earned an associate degree in 2012 from Hudson Valley Community College, Troy.

Phipps, Robert
Air Force Reserve Airman Robert Phipps graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Phipps is the son of David Phipps of Monroe and Mary Wernersbach of Brooklyn.

Prisco, Thomas
Air Force Airman 1st Class Thomas A. Prisco graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Prisco earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Valerie A. Murphy of Mahopac, N.Y.  The airman is a 2010 graduate of Mahopac High School, Mahopac, N.Y.

Reinitz, Matthew
Air Force Airman Matthew G. Reinitz graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  Reinitz is the son of Joanne Reinitz of Walden.  He is a 204 graduate of Valley Central High School, Montgomery.

Rodriguez, Tricia
Air Force Airman Tricia A. Rodriguez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.   Rodriguez is the daughter of Aileen Santiago of East Meadow and Ramon Rodriguez of Carmel.  She is a 2013 graduate of East Meadow High School.

Rosa, Omar
Air Force Airman Omar Rosa graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Rosa is the son of Migdalia Rosa of Larchmont.  He is a 2012 graduate of Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck.

Smith, Aiden
Air Force Airman Aiden J. Smith graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Smith is the son of Ive Smith of Monroe and Joseph Smith of Newburgh. He is a 2010 graduate of Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley.

St. Clair, Jacob
Air Force Airman Jacob P. St. Clair graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. St. Clair is the son of Judith and Jeffrey St. Clair of Valatie. He is a 2013 graduate of Ichabod Crane High School, Valatie.

 

 

 

 
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