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Airman, wife at base in Italy

February 06, 2007|by MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO - Among the airmen in the 712th Munitions Squadron in Italy who are saving the U.S. Air Force time and money through several Smart Operations 21 initiatives is Brett Wertman of Boonsboro.

According to an article in The Vigileer, an Air Force publication, Wertman and his fellow airmen have come up with three ideas that greatly lessen wear and tear on their unit's earth-covered buildings, speed up shipment processing, and eliminate excess waste while improving Italian-American relations in the area.

"Brett joined the Air Force in 2002 and started basic training at Lackland AFB (Air Force Base) in Texas," said his wife, Angela, via e-mail from Italy where she, too, is now living.

After several school and base assignments in the United States, Brett was deployed to Balad Air Base in Iraq in 2005, just 24 days after he and Angela were married.

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"While in Iraq, Brett got orders to Italy where we are currently stationed at Camp Darby," Angela Wertman said.

Currently, according to his wife and his mother, Candace Byrd, Brett is on a temporary assignment in Qatar and most likely will remain there until May.

Brett, 23, graduated from Highland View Academy in 2001. He and his wife Angela - a Boonsboro High graduate - have been married for 2 1/2 years.

The couple was home for about a week in November, according to Angela's parents, Carole and Matthew Crisci.

"He's a wonderful kid," said his mother, Candace Byrd, who noted that her son wants to go into landscaping with his brother, Tyler Wertman, when he gets out of the service.

In the Air Force, Brett Wertman's job title is a munitions systems journeyman and he is one of two people stationed at Camp Darby in charge of a missile account that tracks U.S. missiles, according to his wife.

"My husband is currently an E-4 (senior airman) and is studying to make the rank of E-5 (staff sergeant) while deployed," Angela Wertman said in her e-mail.

Mike Wertman, Brett's father, said he, too, is proud of his son. "He has matured into a fine, young man," he said.

Angela Wertman is making good use of her time in Italy, where she is studying for her associate degree in pre-dental at the University of Maryland branch there, according to her mother, Carole Crisci.

And she said her son-in-law "is a wonderful and hardworking person who cares as much about the service as he does for our country."

Brett's mother, Candace Byrd, said she knows her son is often in dangerous locations but she said she tries not to think about that.

"I pray every night," she said.

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