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August 26, 2004

The following men recently were deployed to Iraq, along with more than 2,200 Marines and sailors assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit:

· Marine Corps Cpl. Johnny L. McCalom, son of Glenda I. McCalom of Chambersburg, Pa. A 1988 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School, he joined the Marine Corps in March 1990.

· Marine Corps Cpl. Paul L. Hoopengardner Jr., son of Tina L. and Paul L. Hoopengardner of Brunswick, Md. A 2000 graduate of Brunswick High School, he joined the Marine Corps in July 2000.

· Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Charles P. Boyce, son of Nancy J. Boyce of Charles Town, W.Va., and Charles R. Boyce of Frederick, Md. A 2002 graduate of Frederick High School, he joined the Marine Corps in October 2002.


The unit was to stop at March Air Reserve Base in Southern California for specialized training in patrolling, operating vehicle checkpoints and responding to threats.

The unit is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment.

Stefan Ivanescu, son of Anisoara and Emil Ivanescu of Falling Waters, W.Va., has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force after completing the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown.

Ivanescu is a navigator trainee assigned to McGuire Air Force Base, Wrightstown, N.J.

He is a 1999 graduate of Hedgesville (W.Va.) High School.

Benjamin S. Sigler, son of James B. and Janet M. Sigler of Hagerstown, has been awarded an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps college scholarship.

Sigler is the grandson of Jim and Kathleen Sigler of Hagerstown, and the late O.C. and Ruth M. Mundy.

Sigler is a 2004 graduate of Clear Spring High School.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer M. Hueston, daughter of Debby A. and Jeffery D. Hueston of Brunswick, Md., recently graduated from the Navy's Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Goose Creek, S.C.

Hueston, a 2000 graduate of Boonsboro High School, joined the Navy in April 2003.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason S. Jacobs, son of Dawn M. and James R. Mathis of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., recently participated in the Navy's largest deployment evolution, Summer Pulse 2004, while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Jacobs, a 2000 graduate of Jefferson High School, Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., joined the Navy in December 2000.

Master-At-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class Douglas Garner was appointed to the rank of chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy's Reserve Force.

Prior to being promoted, Garner was selected as the Adelphi Maryland Naval Reserve Center's Sailor of the Year. Additionally, he was awarded two U.S. Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals for sustained superior performance of his duties.

During periods of active duty, Garner is assigned to the Commander of Submarine Group Ten in Kings Bay, Ga. Serving as the Weapons Department head, his physical security detachment provides security and security force augmentation for Trident submarines and for naval installations worldwide.

Garner's civilian occupation is as a police officer for the Hagerstown Police Department.

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