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October 25, 2005

Air Force Airman Bryan A. Obitts, son of Donald Obitts of Hagerstown, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Obitts is a 2004 graduate of Washington County Technical High School.




Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Ryan A. Smith, son of Barbara Smith of Martinsburg, W.Va., graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.




Navy Seaman Recruit Joseph P. Crist, son of Cheryl A. Whalen of Middletown, Md., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Crist is a 2005 graduate of Middletown High School.




Navy Airman Recruit Jeremy M. Vandyne,v son of Betsy J. Vandyne and Chris L. Vandyne, both of Hedgesville, W.Va., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

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Vandyne is a 2005 graduate of Hedgesville High School.




Army Pvt. Timothy S. Parker, son of Tanangela J. Anderson of Chambersburg, Pa., graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Parker is a 2005 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School.




Army Spc. Phillip A. Dudley, son of Henry N. and Peggy J. Dudley of Hagerstown, is deployed overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Dudley, a fire support specialist, is assigned to the 172nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Dudley, a 1996 graduate of South Hagerstown High School, received a bachelor's degree in 2000 from Salisbury State University.




Navy Airman Recruit Timothy R. Bailey, son of Jane A. Wenzel of Columbus, Ohio, and Timothy B. Bailey of Chambersburg, Pa., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Bailey is a 2001 graduate of Westland High School, Columbus.




Marine Corps Pvt. Brook J. Weller, son of Denise I. Skinner of Mercersburg, Pa., and Kevin L. Weller of Hancock, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.




Navy Fireman Ian T. Kirk, son of Karen J. Brady of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Dennis E. Kirk of Hedgesville, W.Va., has returned from a scheduled deployment while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Kirk is a 2003 graduate of Hedgesville High School.




Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jamie R. Greene, son of Tracey A. Simpson of Chambersburg, Pa., and Neil R. Greene of Haymarket, Va., and his fellow shipmates returned from a scheduled deployment while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Greene joined the Navy in August 2000.




Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Grason P. Burkett, son of Dolores and Gregory Burkett of Martinsburg, W.Va., graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Burkett is a 2005 graduate of Hedgesville (W.Va.) High School.




Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Daniel A. Hallex, son of Robert and Dorothy Hallex of Martinsburg, W.Va., graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Hallex is a 2005 graduate of Musselman High School, Inwood, W.Va.




Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Stephen C. Smith, son of Melissa and Kenneth Smith of Charles Town, W.Va., graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Smith is a 2005 graduate of Jefferson High School, Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.




Pfc. Ashley Jean Gray, daughter of Ernie and Donna Gray of Rohrersville, enlisted in the U.S. Army in July and recently completed the basic training portion of a 19-week intensive Military Police training course, training with Foxtrot Co., 795th Military Police Battalion, at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Gray is a 2001 graduate of Boonsboro High School and a 2004 graduate of Hagerstown Community College.




Army National Guard Pfc. Stephen A. Garver, son of Gregory A. Garver of Chambersburg, Pa., and Karen S. Thompson of Martinsburg, W.Va., graduated from basic combat military training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.




Ryan C. Holstay, grandson of Velva M. Bromley of Chambersburg, Pa., graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

Holstay, a graduate of Carlisle (Pa.) High School, attends Valley Forge Military College, Wayne, Pa.




Army National Guard Pvt. Timothy T. Poppen Jr., son of Timothy Poppen Sr. of Hagerstown, graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.




Amanda McGhee, daughter of Robert and Patricia McGhee of Hagerstown, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

McGhee will be stationed at Camp Geiger, N.C., for three weeks of advanced combat training and will begin her specialty training as a military policewoman at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

McGhee is a 2002 graduate of North Hagerstown High School and continued her education at Hagerstown Community College and University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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