Service news

July 25, 2006

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Joseph W. Kinzer, son of Betty Jo and Eric Rhinehart of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Kinzer is a 2005 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School.

Lt. Col. David N. Ramsey has returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, where he served as chief of staff at the multinational corps headquarters, Task Force Troy.

A 1974 graduate of South Hagerstown High School, Ramsey also is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a master's degree.

Ramsey also graduated from Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. His next duty assignment is at the Edgewood Arsenal.


The son of Master Sgt. (USA Ret.) and Mrs. William D. Ramsey of Hagerstown, he resides in Carroll County with his wife, Sharon.

Todd W. Winklbauer, son of Ernest and Jody Winklbauer of Chambersburg, Pa., has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army.

Winklbauer, a ground and logistics analysis chief with 17 years of military service, is assigned in Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea.

His wife, Suki, is the daughter of Sang Soo and Mai Yon Lee of Los Angeles.

Winklbauer graduated in 1984 from Chambersburg Area Senior High School and received a bachelor's degree in 1989 from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. Winklbauer earned his master's degree in 2000 from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.

Army Pvt. Natalie A. Crampton, daughter of John E. Crampton and Carla Ritenour, both of Frederick, Md., graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Crampton is a 2005 graduate of Thomas Johnson High School, Frederick.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew M. Harris, son of Edward E. Harris Jr. and Jill O. Witter, both of Chambersburg, Pa., has been decorated with the Air Force Commendation Medal.

The medal is awarded to those individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement or meritorious service in the performance of their duties on behalf of the Air Force.

Harris accomplished three quarterly combat munitions reliability inspections and performed the removal and actuation tests of 130 laser-guided bombs. His actions ensured reliable assets for immediate combat use. Additionally, he orchestrated the redesign of a new support section creating three centrally located, consolidated tool kits from equipment previously located at separate operating locations, reducing issue, turn-in and inventory time of tools by 60 percent. He was instrumental in the assembly of 1,083 guided munitions supporting 410 sorties during the April 2005 Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Operational Readiness Inspection, contributing to the wing's overall "excellent" rating.

Harris is a 1991 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School and received an associate degree in 1993 from Central Pennsylvania College, Summerdale. In 1996, he received a bachelor's degree from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pa.

Army Staff Sgt. Jessica A. Stocker, daughter of John J. and Patricia Veltri of Bethlehem, Pa., has been named Soldier of the Year 2006 for the Criminal Investigation Command.

Selection was based on the individual's exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, significant self-improvement, specific achievements, notable accomplishments, and community service and support.

Stocker joined the Army in July 2001 and was trained to be a military police specialist. In January 2005, she attended the U.S. Army Criminal Division Command Special Agent training at Fort Belvoir, Va. After completing the training, she was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Command Office in Wiesbaden, Germany. She is the Special Agent in Charge at the Wiesbaden office due to her outstanding work ethic, focused investigative skills and assistance to other agents with their caseloads. Stocker has proven to be an invaluable asset to the command, always doing what has to be done, doing it laboriously and with an intense tenacity when solving assigned cases.

She is the granddaughter of Joseph and Tesha Veltri of Bethlehem.

Her husband, Nathan, is the son of Jeffrey E. and Alice C. Stocker of Martinsburg, W.Va.

Stocker is a 2001 graduate of Liberty High School, Bethlehem.

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