Service News

September 30, 2005

Several local Marines took part in a community relations project during a port visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, while on a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism while assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) homebased at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Volunteers worked at City of Hope, a women's shelter in Jumeirah. They painted hallways and performed general repair work, while some of the service members played with the children staying at the home.

They are:

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jerell R. Thompson, a 2003 graduate of Catoctin High School in Thurmont, Md. Thompson joined the Marine Corps in August 2003.

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandon A. Pilgrim, son of Carla R. and James V. Pilgrim of Chambersburg, Pa. Pilgrim, a 2004 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School, joined the Marine Corps in June 2004.

  • Marine Corps Capt. Benjamin B. Harrison, whose wife, Dana, is the daughter of Mary Crooks of Chambersburg, Pa.

    Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Michael A. Atkinson II, son of Pauline E. Blivin of Chambersburg, Pa., and Michael A. Atkinson of Woodbridge, Va., recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. and was promoted to his current rank.


Atkinson successfully completed 12 weeks of training designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Atkinson is a 2004 graduate of GarField High School in Woodbridge.

Civilian Christopher S. Naugle, son of Angela D. Smith of Chambersburg, Pa., and William V. Naugle of Fayetteville, Pa., recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Military Entry Processing Station Harrisburg in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Naugle will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill.

Naugle is a 2004 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

Master-At-Arms Petty Officer 3rd Class Jim Hurd of the U.S. Navy's Reserve Force was recently selected as the Adelphi, Md., Naval Reserve Center Blue Jacket Sailor of the Quarter for the first quarter of the calendar year 2005.

The Blue Jacket of the quarter competition is conducted to recognize sailors for outstanding service to the U.S. Navy.

Hurd will now represent the Adelphi Naval Reserve Center in competing for the U.S. Navy Reserve Readiness Command Mid-Atlantic Blue Jacket Sailor of the Quarter Award.

Hurd's civilian occupation is a police officer/shift supervisor for the Hagerstown Police Department. During periods of active duty, he is assigned to the Commander of Submarine Group Ten.

Two Frederick County, Md., high school students recently participated in the U.S. Naval Academy's weeklong summer seminar program in Annapolis.

They are:

  • Civilian Allison C. Aichele, daughter of Susan S. and Jeffrey S. Aichele of Middletown. Aichele attends Middletown High School.

  • Civilian Timothy P. Baker, son of Phyllis A. and John V. Baker of Frederick. Baker attends Linganore High School.

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