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November 22, 2007

Airman James Adam Schlimgen, son of James and Denise Schlimgen of Smithsburg, and grandson of Dennis Monn of Hagerstown, Janet Monn of Smithsburg, and Mary Avila of Greenville, S.C., graduated from Air Force Basic Military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, in August 2007.

In October he graduated from Technical Training School at Kessler Air Force Base, Mississippi, and is now continuing his training in Aviation Electronics at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas.

Schlimgen is a 2007 graduate of Heritage Academy, Hagers-town.




Air Force Airman Patrick M. Wharton, son of Raymond Wharton and grandson of Raymond Wharton, both of Smithsburg, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Wharton is a 2007 graduate of Smithsburg High School.




Air National Guard Airman Daniel W. Lacy, son of John Lacy of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

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Lacy is a 2007 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School.




Air National Guard Airman Preston J. Creswell, son of Julie Hall of Martinsburg, W.Va., has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.




Air Force Staff Sgt. Geoffrey L. Andrews, grandson of George and Jean Weagly of Hagerstown, has arrived for duty at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, to serve as a member of Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B).

The task force is comprised of almost 600 U.S. military members and more than 650 U.S. and Honduran civilians who work in six different area units: the Joint Staff, the Army Forces, Air Force Forces, Joint Security Forces, the Medical Element and the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, a helicopter unit.

Andrews is an air traffic control craftsman with seven years of military service.

Andrews is a 1997 graduate of North Hagerstown High School.




Air Force Staff Sgt. Aimee S. Orndorff, daughter of Donald R. and Brenda K. Nagley of Gerrardstown, W.Va., has arrived for duty at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, to serve as a member of Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B).

The task force is comprised of almost 600 U.S. military members and more than 650 U.S. and Honduran civilians whom work in six different area units: the Joint Staff, the Army Forces, Air Force Forces, Joint Security Forces, the Medical Element and the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, a helicopter unit.

Orndorff is a pharmacy service supervisor with six years of military service.

Her husband, Eric, is the son of Frank D. Orndorff of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Carol Payamps of Sylvan Court, Frederick, Md.

In 1994, he graduated from Hedgesville High School, W.Va., and received a bachelor's degree in 1998 from Hood College, Frederick.




Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Samantha C. Kesecker, daughter of Rusty Kesecker of Kearneysville, W.Va., and Tracey Link of Gore, Va., has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Kesecker is a 2007 graduate of Mountain View Christian Academy, Winchester, Va.




Air Force Airman Ashley N. Conner, daughter of Michelle Sarvey of Hagerstown, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.




Air Force Airman Marisel Martinez, daughter of Gisell Martinez of Hagerstown, as graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Martinez is a 2007 graduate of South Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown.




Army Pvt. Jacob D. Pixler, grandson of Rose Minor of Martinsburg, W.Va., has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.




Army Reserve Pvt. Michael L. Landaker, son of Matti Tazwell of Devonshire Road, Hagerstown, has graduated from Basic Combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.




Navy Seaman Recruit Derrick H. Yazzie, son of Jillena R. and Steve Marshall of Chambersburg, Pa., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Yazzie is a 2006 graduate of James Buchanan High School of Mercersburg, Pa.




Air Force Airman Keith W. Gamber, son of Tim and Cindy Gamber of Chambersburg, Pa., has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Gamber is a 2007 graduate of Shalom Christian Academy, Chambersburg.




First Lieutenant Derek Robert Rankin, son of Robert and Sukey Rankin of Hagerstown, is deployed to Southwest Asia for Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

Rankin is a C-130 navigator and is stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Rankin is a 2001 graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School, Hagerstown, and a 2005 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.

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