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Chamber gets more photos of military members

May 16, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The number of families who placed photos of servicemen and servicewomen in the front window of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce has grown to five.

The two newest photos are of Army Capt. Jeremy Hirneisen, 33, who is stationed in Kuwait, and 2nd Lt. Rachael M. Ott, 22, who is on temporary duty in Texas awaiting her permanent assignment.

Hirneisen's wife, Susan, said her husband has been in Kuwait since April 2. He is in command of a transportation unit that delivers gasoline and fuel to U.S. forces.

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A reservist, he was called to active duty in January, she said.

Originally Hirneisen's outfit was supposed to go to Turkey during the War in Iraq, but those plans changed when the Turkish government would not allow U.S. troops in its territory.

"I was grateful that he went over when he did because he missed the dangerous stuff," his wife said.

She said she doesn't know when her husband will come home.

When not on military duty, Hirneisen is an engineer at a local manufacturing plant. The couple has two daughters, Meghan, 5, and Lauren, 4.

Ott graduated from Greencastle-Antrim High School in 1998 and from Indiana University in 2002, said her mother, Pam Ott.

She was in an ROTC program in college and was commissioned May 10, 2002.

She was assigned to McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey on temporary duty until she was reassigned to Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, in January, her mother said.

"She's in training until the end of June, when she will be assigned to permanent duty," Pam Ott said. "We don't know what or where it will be."

Rachael has a twin sister, Kristen, a school teacher, and a younger sister, Mandy, 17, who will enter Penn State in the fall, her mother said.

The Chamber office at 217 E. Baltimore St. will accept photos from families with loved ones serving in the military until July 4. The chamber's phone number is 717-597-4601.

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