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Greencastle service news

March 10, 2006

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Michael G. Lazich of Greencastle, son of Pete and Connie Lazich of Greencastle, was recently promoted to the grade of major.

Lazich is serving as Military Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Affairs) at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) is responsible for oversight of policies on the rescue of Americans who are isolated, captured, detained or otherwise missing in a hostile environment and the recovery and identification of the remains of those who never returned from foreign battlefields.

While in the Army, Maj. Lazich has completed a variety of training courses, including special forces at John F. Kennedy Warfare Center and School; ranger and airborne schools at Fort Benning, Ga.; sapper school at Fort Leonardwood, Mo.; air assault school at Fort Wainwright, Alaska; and jumpmaster school at Kedna Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan.

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His previous operational assignments were with 172nd Infantry Brigade, Fort Wainwright, as a combat engineer, and with 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Okinawa, as a SFODA-detachment commander.

During his tour with 1st Special Forces Group, Lazich deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom to provide combat advisory assistance to Philippine military forces. In January, Lazich deployed as a member of 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colo., to support the global war on terrorism, with duty in Iraq.

Lazich is a 1991 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School and earned his bachelor's degree from Millersville University in 1995, when he was commissioned in the U.S. Army.

Lazich is married to Elizabeth Lutz of Lancaster, Pa., and has two sons, 7-year-old Jake and 4-year-old Dalton.

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