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Reservists honored during Family Day event

July 15, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Five U.S. Army reservists received medals Sunday at an annual event for former and active reservists and their families.

The event, Former Active Army Reservists/Family Day, was held at the U.S. Army Reserves 1007th Maintenance Co. building on Willard Street in Hagerstown

About 40 people attended.

The soldiers who received the Army Achievement Medals were Staff Sgt. Kathleen Fitzgerald, Sgt. Edmund Lee, Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Mason, and Specialists Vivian Wilson and Starsha Shankle.

Fitzgerald, who served 15 years on active duty and 10 years in the Reserves, said they were awarded the medals for the work they performed at a maintenance shop during last year's annual training in Germany.

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And she said Sunday's event provided a nice opportunity to stay in touch with those she used to serve with.

"Most of these people we all know," said Fitzgerald, of Fredericksburg, Va. "This lets us find a way to keep contact with them."

Many of the children who attended played basketball, pool or table tennis, while adults chatted over lunch.

Sgt. Joseph Edwards received recognition for retiring after 32 years on active and reserve Army duty and Joshua Bosley was promoted from a private (PVT) to a PV2.

Staff Sgt. Todd Robinson re-enlisted for six more years and Master Sgt. Warren Lyddon re-enlisted for three additional years.

Members of the Civil Air Patrol were also on hand to explain the jobs they do and to perform a drill.

Capt. Chris Ready told members of the 1007th Maintenance Co.'s drill team that the Civil Air Patrol is a civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and is charged with bringing awareness to the Air Force's mission, running a cadet program and participating in search and rescue and disaster relief missions.

He said the Civil Air Patrol's searches include those involving civilian and military aircraft and missing persons.

"Every now and then we actually get to save a life," he said.

Capt. Willie Fields, of the 1007th Maintenance Co., said the annual program allows soldiers to relax, gives their families an idea of the work they do and helps establish a good relationship with the community.

"It gives you a chance to let your hair down and relax a little bit and have fun," Fields said. "It gives the family an opportunity to see what goes on with us."

Fields said businesses donate items for the events and that the Reserves give back by taking part in community service programs.

He said the event also gives recognition to those who are no longer serving in the reserves.

"People forget," Fields said. "These are the ones who paved the way for us - for the freedom that we have today."

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