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 (Updated: 09August15 - listed alphabetically) 

 

Baker, Andrew
Andrew Baker has been selected for promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Army. Baker is currently serving as Engineer And Deputy Team Chief with Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va. He has served in the military for 16 years. Baker is the son of Jeb Baker and Lynn S. Baker of Castine, Maine. He is the grandson of Jean G. Baker and retired Col. John Baker (West Point, 1942), and Jean Saunders and retired Brig. Gen Edward Saunders (West Point, 1946), and the great-grandson of Robin Gillette and retired Brig. Gen. Edward C. Gillette (West Point, 1920). He is a 1995 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Va. He earned an master's degree in 1999 from United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

Buccio, Caleb
Air Force Airman Caleb A. Buccio graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Buccio is the son of Darlene M. and Richard P. Buccio of Merritt Island, Fla., and brother of Rebekah A. Ecker of Hyde Park, N.Y., and Josiah S. Buccio of Yardley, Pa. He is a 2013 graduate of a home school program in Hyde Park, N.Y.

Dailey, Shawn
Air Force Guard Airman 1st Class Shawn E. Dailey graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Dailey is the son of Catherine S. and Wayne A. Dailey of Wallkill, N.Y., and grandson of Emily and Edward Murray of Middletown, N.Y. He is a 2013 graduate of Wallkill Senior High, Wallkill, N.Y.

Drosdowich, Ryan
Air Force Airman Ryan R. Drosdowich graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Drosdowich is the son of Michelle and Richard Drosdowich of New Paltz, N.Y. He is also the brother of Richard R. Drosdowich. The airman graduated in 2014 from New Paltz High School, New Paltz, N.Y.

Feffer, Andrew
Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Feffer graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Feffer is the son of Douglas R. and Dorothea E. Feffer of Montgomery, N.Y. He is a 2015 graduate of Valley Central High School, Montgomery, N.Y.

Garnett, Gregory
Air Force Airman Gregory Garnett graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Garnett is the son of Cynthia D. Garnett of New Windsor, N.Y. He is a 2013 graduate of Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Miami, Fla.

Glakesley, Robert
Army National Guard Pvt. Robert J. Blakesley has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Blakesley is the son of Christine and Craig Blakesley of Summitville, N.Y. He is a 2012 graduate of Fallsburg Junior-Senior High School, Fallsburg, N.Y.

Gonzalez, Jonathan
Air Force Airman Jonathan E. Gonzalez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Frances Santiago of Livingston Manor, N.Y., and Roberto Gonzalez of Laguna Niguel, Calif. The airman is a 2008 graduate of Green Valley High School, Henderson, Nev.

Henderson, Jean
Army Col. Jean E. Henderson 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.     She is currently serving as the assistant chief of staff for human resources with the 79th Sustainment Support Command, Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, Calif. She has served in the military for 25 years. Henderson is the daughter of Frank J. Kobes of Western Springs, Ill., niece of Pat Ivansheck of Salem, Conn., and wife of Eric P. Henderson. She is a 1986 graduate of Wheaton North High School, Wheaton, Ill. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1990 from United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

Hogan, Daniel
Air Force Airman Daniel W. Hogan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Hogan is the son of Laura M. and Timothy P. Hogan of Brewster, N.Y. He is  the brother of Timothy B. Hogan. The airman graduated in 2014 from Brewster High School, Brewster, N.Y.

Mueller-Walker, Sandra
U.S. Air Force Capt. Sandra Mueller-Walker, Task 214, was born and raised in Germany, but she knew from age eight that she wanted to serve in the U.S. Air Force. She is living out her dream today as chief of combat assessments and readiness with the 20th Air Force, Task Force 214, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming.
"While in Germany, I yearned to join the U.S. AirForce," she said. "The respect and admiration the U.S. has for those in uniform is unlike any other country. The pride and honor Airmen have in the Air Force drove my dreams of joining." 
Mueller was born in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany, and spent most of her childhood in Langenfeld, Germany. She moved with her family to the United States in 1998 for her father's work. After earning citizenship in 2006, she enrolled in Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., and joined the Air Force ROTC program there.  In May 2008, she enlisted.
Her first assignment was at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., where she served as a missileer, providing nuclear deterrence for the United States and its allies. She has been with the 20thAir Force since October 2014. In this assignment, she monitors logistics assessments to determine combat readiness for Task Force 214, and also oversees, collects, and reviews data and lessons learned to identify any gaps in readiness.
Mueller-Walker is the daughter of Hans Juergen Mueller of Palm Coast, Fla., and daughter-in-law of Steven Walker of O'Fallon, Ill. She graduated in 2004 from Washingtonville High School, Washingtonville, N.Y., and she earned a bachelor's degree in 2008 from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.  
To view the whole story, go to www.20af.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123451704

Puff, Brianna
Air Force Guard Airman 1st Class Brianna N. Puff graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Puff is the daughter of Frances Sherman, Walter Puff, and Lori Puff of Craryville, N.Y., and granddaughter of Joyce and Walter Puff of White Plains, N.Y. She graduated in 2012 from Taconic Hills High School, Craryville, N.Y.

Rivera, Andre
Air Force Guard Airman 1st Class Andre J. Rivera graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Rivera is the son of Melissa Colon of Chester, N.Y. and Ramses Rivera of Mesa, Ariz., and grandson of Vilma Abraham of Fair Lawn, N.J., and Alfredo and Sandra Rivera of New Windsor, N.Y. He is a 2011 graduate of Chester Academy, Chester, N.Y.

Steinberg, Daniel
Army National Guard Pfc. Daniel D. Steinberg has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Steinberg is the son of David Steinberg of New Windsor, N.Y., and son-in-law of Sue Whitfield of Kalamazoo, Mich. He is a 2000 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy, Newburgh, N.Y.

Sullivan, Daniel
Air Force Airman Daniel J. Sullivan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Sullivan is the son of Robert and Susana Sullivan of Highland Mills, N.Y. He is also the brother of Sean Sullivan. The airman graduated in 2014 from Monroe Woodbury High School, Central Valley, N.Y.

Thomas, Kerri
Air Force Guard Airman 1st Class Kerri L. Thomas graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Thomas is the daughter of William D. Thomas of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and Robin H. Thomas of Montrose, N.Y. She is a 2011 graduate of Hendrick Hudson High School, Montrose, N.Y.

 

 

 (Updated: 03July15 - listed alphabetically) 
 

 

Alicea, Cynthia
Air Force Airman 1st Class Cynthia I. Alicea graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Alicea is the daughter of Martha T. Colon of West Haverstraw, N.Y., and sister of Diana I. Dejean of Hammond, La. She is also the sister of Stephanie M. Alicea. The airman graduated in 2010 from North Rockland High School, Thiells, N.Y., and she earned an associate degree in 2012 from Rockland Community College, Suffern, N.Y.

Bantug, Anthony
Army Active Pvt. Anthony J. Bantug has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is a 2005 graduate of Rhinebeck High School, Rhinebeck, N.Y.

Cesternino, Jonathan
Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan A. Cesternino graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Cesternino is the son of Gail and Jim Cesternino Cesternino is the grandson of Salvatore and Ida Cesternino of Ghent, N.Y. He is also the brother of Sarah Cesternino and James Cesternino. The airman graduated in 2013 from Hudson High School, Hudson, N.Y.

Ciabotti, Paul
Army Active Spc. Paul Ciabotti has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Ciabotti is the son of John and Ruth Ciabotti of New Windsor, N.Y., and brother of Ciabotti Claire. He is a 2009 graduate of Cornwall Central High School, Cornwall, N.Y. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2014 from Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Pa.

Dubetsky, Kati
U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Kati R. Dubetsky graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Dubetsky earned distinction as an honor graduate. Dubetsky is the daughter of Susan L. Pagones and Matthew D. Dubetsky of Beacon, N.Y.

Dwyer, Daniel
Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel J. Dwyer graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Dwyer is the son of Catherine E. Dwyer of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., step-son of Sean M. Bogart of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and grandson of Patricia A. Dwyer of Stony Point, N.Y. He is a 2014 graduate of Arlington High School, Lagrangeville, N.Y.

Gunter, Darien
Air Force Airman Darien S. Gunter graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Gunter is a 2015 graduate of Roy C. Ketcham High School, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Herring, Christopher
Air Force Airman Christopher C. Herring II graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Herring is the son of Christopher C. Herring of San Antonio, Texas, and Denina Serrette of Newburgh, N.Y He is a 2012 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy, Newburgh, N.Y.

Kavanah, Nicholas
Air Force Airman Nicholas T. Kavanah graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Kavanah is the son of Laura C. Kavanah of New Windsor, N.Y., and Thomas J. Kavanah of Monroe, N.Y.

Kelly, Jason
Army Col. Jason E. Kelly 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.   The 10-month curriculum of the Army's senior officer school is designed to prepare and train officers of all the U.S. military branches of service, foreign military officers, as well as senior civilian officials of federal agencies, to serve in top-level command and staff positions with the U.S. Armed Forces worldwide. Following the Army War College, he will command the United States Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District in Norfolk, Va. He has served in the military for 21 years. He is a 1990 graduate of Flint Northwestern High School, Flint, Mich. He earned a master's degree in 1994 from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

Lopez, Kassandra
Air Force Reserve Airman Kassandra Lopez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Lopez is the daughter of Elizabeth and Thomas Lopez of Newburgh, N.Y. She is a 2013 graduate of Newburgh Free Acdemy, Newburgh, N.Y.

Mgvdliashvili, Otari
Air Force Airman Otari Mgvdliashvili graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Mgvdliashvili is the son of Malkhaz Mgvdliashvili and Nani Chelidze, and grandson of Naili Vatsadze, all of Monroe, N.Y.

Morena, Justin
Army Pvt. Justin M. Morena has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Morena is the son of John R. Morena of Goshen, N.Y., and Helene A. Glatt of Phillipsport, N.Y. He is the brother of Jonathan R. Morena. He is a 2009 graduate of S.S. Seward Institute, Florida, N.Y.

Murphy, Luke
Air Force Airman Luke P. Murphy   graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Murphy is the son of Karen and Theodore Murphy of Mount Airy, Md. He is a 2014 graduate of Glenelg High School, Glenelg, Md.

Newell, Nicholas
Army Pvt. Nicholas A. Newell has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Newell is the son of Susan B. and Donald G. Newell Jr. of High Falls, N.Y. He is a 2012 graduate of Rondout Valley High School, Accord, N.Y.

O'Brien, Andrew
Air Force Airman 1st Class Andrew J. O'Brien graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. O'Brien earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Cynthia L. O'Brien of Fairfax Station, Va., nephew of Suzanne Fulton of Pawling, N.Y., and Vicki Vaughn of Las Vegas, Nev., and brother of Amanda E. O'Brien. The airman is a 2007 graduate of South County Secondary School, Lorton, Va. He earned an associate degree in 2012 from Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Va.

Piturro, Daniel
Army Active Spc. Daniel Piturro has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Piturro is the son of Frank Piturro of Yonkers, N.Y., and Kristin Slider of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. He is a 2007 graduate of Saunders High School, Yonkers, N.Y. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2013 from Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla.

Sweeney, Sean
Air Force Airman Sean P. Sweeney graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Sweeney is the son of Charles C. Sweeney Jr. and Patricia D. Sweeney of Cornwall On Hudson, N.Y. He is also the brother of Kayla M. Sweeney, Emma M. Sweeney, and Charles C. Sweeney III. The airman graduated in 2013 from Cornwall Central High School, Cornwall, N.Y.

Tator, Brock
U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Brock R. Tator graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Tator graduated in 2010 from Chatham High School, Ghent, N.Y., and he earned an associate degree in 2010 from Columbia Greene Community College, Hudson, N.Y.

Zollo, Dara
U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Dara M. Zollo graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Zollo is the daughter of Barri and Bryan Zollo of Westtown, N.Y. She is a 2014 graduate of Minisink Valley High School, Slate Hill, N.Y.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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