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Area service briefs      

 (Updated: 05Mar15 - listed alphabetically) 

 

Blake, Dakota
U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Dakota S. Blake graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Blake is the son of John H. and Jennifer L. Blake of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and grandson of Gary Boyer of Middletown, N.Y. He is a 2014 graduate of Peru Central High School, Peru, N.Y.

Brickell, Sam
Army Pvt. Sam Brickell III has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga. Brickell is the son of Dale D. Simmons of Peekskill, N.Y. He is a 2013 graduate of Peekskill High School, Peekskill, N.Y.

Cook, Matthew
Air Force Airman Matthew F. Cook graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Cook is the son of Patricia A. McClendon of Mount Juliet, N.Y., and Michael F. Cook of Milton, N.Y., and grandson of Francis R. Cook of Newburgh, N.Y.  The airman is a 2014 graduate of Marlboro High School, Marlboro, N.Y.

Cotton, Christopher
Air Force Airman Christopher L. Colton graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Colton is the son of Carolynn M. Grossman of Cochecton, N.Y., and Jeffery Colton of Springfield, Ga., and step-son of Richard S. Grossman of Cochecton, N.Y. and Mindy Colton of Springfield, Ga. He is also the grandson of Larry J. Houman Sr. of Bethel, N.Y., nephew of Larry J. Houman Jr. of Bethel, N.Y., and cousin of Michael J. Sheldon of Greece, N.Y.  The airman graduated in 2014 from Sullivan West High School, Lake Huntington, N.Y.

Daniels, Madeline
U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Madeline T. Daniels graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Daniels is the daughter of Loretta and Jonathan J. Daniels of Modena, N.Y.  She is a 2014 graduate of Wallkill Senior High School, Wallkill, N.Y.

Daniels, Samuel
Air Force Airman Samuel Q. Daniels graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Daniels is the son of Richard B. Daniels and Deborah A. Claudio, grandson of Elizabeth S. Benedict, and nephew of Elizabeth S. Greenough and George E. Benedict, all of Beacon, N.Y.  He is a 2013 graduate of Beacon High School, Beacon, N.Y.

Disorbo, Matthew
U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Matthew P. Disorbo graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Disorbo is the son of Deana M., Amanda M., and Paul M. Disorbo of Scotia, N.Y., and grandson of Judith Disorbo of Schenectady, N.Y., and Cindy and Phil Disorbo of Ghent, N.Y.  He is a 2014 graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Ballston Lake, N.Y.

Edwards, Brandon
Air Force Airman Brandon N. Edwards graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Edwards is the son of Indranie Sasenarine of Mount Vernon, N.Y., and Leonard Edwards of Baldwin, N.Y., and step-son of Maleta P. Edwards of Baldwin, N.Y.  He is a 2014 graduate of Baldwin Senior High School, Baldwin, N.Y.


Graham, John
Army Col. John M. Graham (right in photo) was awarded the Combat Action Badge and Joint Service Commendation Medal for actions on March 28, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan. John, grandson of Bob and Anne Mullin-former owners of the Greenwood Lake Diner, is currently serving in Afghanistan.   While serving as the Kabul City Police, Regional Command-Capital, United States Forces Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan, senior advisor Graham coordinated and led the effort to rescue civilians trapped in the the Roots of Peace and United States Agency for International Development compound who were trapped by Taliban insurgents.   Graham is the grandson of Anne and Bob Mullin of Middletown, N.Y.  He earned an bachelor's degree in 1987 from United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

Kellam, Kaitlyn
Air Force Reserve Airman Kaitlyn M. Kellam graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  Kellam is the daughter of Mark and Stefanie Kellam of Liberty, N.Y. She is also the granddaughter of Harold and Patrica Kellam of Liberty, N.Y., and Marilyn and Rudy Houghtling of White Sulfer Springs, N.Y.  The airman graduated in 2014 from Liberty High School, Liberty, N.Y.

Lawlor, Mark
Air Force Airman Mark R. Lawlor graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  Lawlor is the son of Barbara and Mark Lawlor of Salt Point, N.Y.

Lawrence, Ryan
U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Ryan E. Lawrence graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  Lawrence is the son of Belinda Robertson of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Robert J. Lawrence of Peru, N.Y. He is also the grandson of David Lawrence of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and nephew of David Lawrence of Middletown, N.Y.  The airman graduated in 2014 from Peru Central School, Peru, N.Y.

Mandes, Kevin
Army Pvt. Kevin J. Mandes has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Mandes is the son of Jeannette and Kevin Mandes of Woodbourne, N.Y.  He is a 2014 graduate of Tri-Valley Central School, Grahamsville, N.Y.

Schaeffer, Justin
Justin C. Schaeffer has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. Schaeffer is currently serving as a contracting officer at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. He has served in the military for 16 years.  He is a 1994 graduate of Lenape High School, Medford, N.J. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1998 from Unitied States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

Schmidt, Heather
Air Force Airman Heather A. Schmidt graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Schmidt is the daughter of Lynne and David Schmidt of Saugerties, N.Y.  She is a 2011 graduate of Saugerties High School, Saugerties, N.Y.

Teophilus, Mina
Air Force Airman 1st Class Minah L. Theophilus graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Theophilus graduated in 2011 from Washingtonville High School, Washingtonville, N.Y., and she earned an associate degree in 2014 from Orange County Community College, Middletown, N.Y.

 

 

 (Updated: 02Feb15 - listed alphabetically) 
 

Andrews, Owen
Air Force Airman Owen Andrews graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  Andrews is the grandson of Gale M. Shaffer of Narrowsburg, N.Y. He is a 2014 graduate of Sullivan West High School, Lake Huntington, N.Y.

Bocchino, Ryan
Army Pvt. Ryan Bocchino graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.  Bocchino is the brother of Anna M. Bocchino of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.  He is a 2013 graduate of Millbrook High School, Millbrook, N.Y.

Brennan, Anne
Air Force Airman Anne Brennan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  Brennan is the daughter of Matthew I. and Jacqueline M. Brennan of New City, N.Y.  She is a 2014 graduate of Clarkstown South High School, West Nyack, N.Y.

Camper, Jamar
Army Pvt. Jamar Camper graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga. Camper is the son of Ethel Holliday of Saugerties, N.Y., and Selwyn Camper of Highland Falls, N.Y., and step-son of Serena Johnson of Newburgh, N.Y.  He is a 2013 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy, Newburgh, N.Y.

Dejesus, Elias
Air Force Airman Elias  Dejesus graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Dejesus is the son of Marisol Cruz and step-son of Albert F. Dejesus of Yonkers, N.Y.  He is a 2013 graduate of Saunders Trade and Technical High School, Yonkers, N.Y.

Garrett, Ian
Air Force Airman Ian Garrett graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Garrett earned distinction as an honor graduate.  He is the son of Carol A. Slattery and step-son of Bart J. Slattery of Hoover, Ala. He is also the grandson of Michael and Sheila Dentico of Havestraw, N.Y., and Peggy Garrett of Ocean View, Del., and nephew of Leah and Michael Garrett of Dagsborro, Del. The airman graduated in 2011 from Hoover High School, Hoover, Ala.

Keaveny, Sean
Army Pvt. Sean   Keaveny has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Keaveny is the son of Kevin J. Keaveny of Shandaken, N.Y.  He is a 2014 graduate of Onteora High School, Boiceville, N.Y.

Kundra, Puneet
Air Force Reserve Airman Puneet . Khunda graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Khunda is the son of Gurmeet and Prabhjit Khunda of White Plains, N.Y.  He is a 2008 graduate of White Plains High School, White Plains, N.Y.

Mannion, Joseph
Air Force Airman Joseph Mannion graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Mannion is the son of Doris and John Mannion of Montague, N.J. He is also the grandson of Anna and Joseph Lepore of Sussex, N.J., and Nora O'Grady of Barnegat, N.J., and nephew of Bridie Molloy of San Antonio, Texas.  The airman graduated in 2012 from Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, N.Y.

Minott, Shanae
Army Pvt. Shanae Minott graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Minott is the granddaughter of Phinette Irvin and niece of Alayire Smith, both of Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Othman, Laura
Air Force Airman Laura Othman graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  Othman is the daughter of Jamila Othman of Queensbury, N.Y., and niece of Mary Carter of Highland Falls, N.Y., and Mohamed Othman of South Bronx, N.Y. She is a 2011 graduate of Queensbury High School, Queensbury, N.Y.

Rader, Tyler
Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Rader graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Rader is the daughter of Marianne C. Verrengia of Hamburg, N.J., and John D. Rader of Greenwood Lake, N.Y., and step-daughter of Michael Verrengia of Hamburg, N.J. She is a 2012 graduate of George F. Baker High School, Tuxedo, N.Y.

Rosas, Justin
Air Force Airman Justin Rosas graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Rosas is the son of Jeff and Sharon Rosas of Pine Bush, N.Y., and brother of Ethan J. Rosas of Chicopee, Mass.  He is a 2014 graduate of Pine Bush High School, Pine Bush, N.Y.

Smith, Benjamin
Army Spc. Benjamin Smith graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Smith is the son of Jennifer and Roland Smith of Proctor, Vt.  He is a 2010 graduate of Mount St. Joseph's Academy, Rutland, Vt. He earned an bachelor's degree in 2014 from Manhattanville College, Purchase, N.Y.

Soto, Marcos
U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Marcos Soto graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Soto is the son of Lisbette and Marcos Soto of Lagrangeville, N.Y. He is a 2014 graduate of Arlington High School, LaGrange, N.Y.

Wilburn, Malacchai
Army Pvt. Malacchai Wilburn graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Wilburn is the son of Tanya Wilburn of Hudson, N.Y.  He is a 2014 graduate of Hudson High School, Hudson, N.Y.

 

 

 (Updated: 04Jan15 - listed alphabetically) 
 

Alfred, Brandon
Army Pvt. Brandon Alfred has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. Alfred is the son of Barbara Ingram-Alfred of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.  He is a 2014 graduate of Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School, Hyde Park, N.Y.

Boatwright, Kahlil
Army Spc. Kahlil E. Boatwright has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga. Boatwright is the son of Angela Boatwright-Spencer of Camden, N.J.

Branch, Marcus
Army Pvt. Marcus   Branch has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia,  Branch is the son of Dorothy Branch of Middletown, N.Y.

Calderon, Paul
Army Pvt. Paul A. Calderon has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga.  Calderon is the son of Jeanette and Paul Calderon of Montgomery, N.Y.  He is a 2014 graduate of Valley Central High School, Montgomery.

Cappadora, James
U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class James Cappadora graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  Cappadora is a 2013 graduate of Pine Bush High School, Pine Bush, N.Y.

Dawson, Janielle
Army Pfc. Janielle L. Dawson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson,  Dawson is the daughter of Laurel I. Leslie of Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Ferencz, Julius
Air Force Airman Julius R. Ferencz graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Ferencz is the son of Dianna and step-son of Anthony Picardi of Catskill, N.Y.

Heroux, Thomas
Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas C. Heroux has retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving honorably for 20 years. Heroux was last serving as noncomissioned officer in charge of the Instructional Technology Flight with the 37th Training Group, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He is the son of Ernest Heroux of Smithfield, R.I. and Jeanne Daley of Newburgh, N.Y., step-son of Margaret Heroux of Smithfield, R.I. and brother of John Heroux of Cranston, R.I. He is also the grandson of Alice Heroux of Smithfield, R.I., husband of Michele Heroux of Cibolo, Texas, father of Samantha Heroux of Cibolo, Texas and Thomas Jr. Heroux of Lincoln, Neb., and son-in-law of Ozzie and Annie Naveira of Lake City, Fla. He is a 1990 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy, Newburgh, N.Y. He earned an associate degree in 2014 from Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, Ala.

Krentz, Robert
Army Pvt. Robert J. Krentz has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. Krentz is the son of Robert J. Krentz of Port Jervis, N.Y.  He is a 2011 graduate of Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, N.Y.

Pomeroy, Jesse
The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) in Virginia Beach, VA. announced its Instructors of the Year for 2014, and one hails from Kerhonkson, N.Y.   Lt. Cmdr. Jesse Pomeroy serves at CPPD Learning Site Dam Neck as regional operations department head in addition to his instructor duties for several courses, including Division Officer Leadership Course (DIVOLC).
"Lt. Cmdr. Pomeroy is an invaluable asset to CPPD," said Cmdr. Phil Urso, CPPD Learning Site Dam Neck regional director.  "He consistently displayed enormous personal and professional drive by quickly qualifying in the DIVOLC course, cross-qualifying in three additional courses and obtaining his Master Training Specialist qualification. As operations department head, he flawlessly manages the ever changing and fluid course schedules for six globally dispersed CPPD learning sites."
Pomeroy said what he most likes about teaching is giving back, and he also enjoys what he is learning from an instructor assignment. "I enjoy the fact that we're supporting the fleet," he said. "The toughest part about teaching is the initial need to draw out information from students who are introverted and quiet. I've learned to respect different opinions as well as the reasons and motivations for others joining the Navy."

Quindre, Kevin
Army Pvt. Kevin P. Quindre has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga.  Quindre is the son of Maria and Pablo Quindre of Peekskill, N.Y.  He is a 2014 graduate of Peekskill High School, Peekskill, N.Y.

Rumph, Alexandrier
Army Pvt. Alexandrier E. Rumph has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga.  Rumph is the son of Imogene Simmons of West Hurley, N.Y.  He is a 2015 graduate of Onteora High School, Boiceville, N.Y.

 

 

 

 

 
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