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July 04, 2008

On Aug. 31, Lt. Gen. David F. Melcher is retiring from the U.S. Army after 32 years of distinguished service to the nation.

His career included numerous leadership and staff positions as an engineer officer including engineer brigade command in the 1st Cavalry Division and command of the Southwestern Engineer Division in Dallas.

Melcher also served as the Army's deputy chief of staff, G-8 and the Army's military deputy for budget. He will retire in the Washington, D.C., area and work as the vice president for Strategy and Business Development in the Defense Sector for the ITT Corporation.

Melcher is married to the former Marla Smith of Hagerstown.

Army Sgt. David J. Shores, son of Randy and Lori Shores of Knoxville, Md., has deployed overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Shores, an intelligence analyst with four years of military service, is normally assigned to Headquarters, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

His wife, Kim, is the daughter of Jeff and Elizabeth Walizer of Frederick, Md.

The sergeant is a 1998 graduate of Brunswick (Md.) High School.

Air Force Airman Michael S. Garrison, son of Paul Garrison of Thurmont, Md., and Kim Wolkins of Silver Spring, Md., graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Garrison earned distinction as an honor graduate.

Garrison is a 2007 Catoctin High School graduate.

Army Pvt. Aaron M. Schroyer, son of Laura Hennessey of Cascade, and grandson of Roy Schroyer of Hagerstown, graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Schroyer is a 2007 Smithsburg High School graduate.

Army Reserve Spec. Elliot J. Person, son of Sheryl Person of Hagerstown, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Person graduated in 1996 from Watkins Mill High School, Montgomery Village, Md., and received a bachelor's degree in 2003 from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Civilian Danial L. Westfall, son of Lisa R. Westfall of Chambersburg, Pa., and Larry L. Westfall of Greencastle, Pa., recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Westfall will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

Westfall is a 2006 Greencastle-Antrim High School graduate.

Civilian Rick N. Toms, son of Brenda S. Toms of Emmitsburg, Md., and Randolph Toms of Thurmont, Md., recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Pittsburgh.

Toms will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

Toms is a 2004 Catoctin High School graduate.

Army Staff Sgt. Joshua T. Spiess, brother of Crystal F. Love of Smithsburg, participated in the 33rd U.S. Army Annual Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va. This year's competition featured more than 160 military chefs from around the globe battling in more than 40 culinary categories. The competition is rated the largest culinary competition in America, which includes ice carving and showcase centerpieces.

Their culinary skills ultimately benefit military servicemembers eating in dining and mess hall facilities and battlefield kitchens serving soldiers in combat zones.

Competitors are awarded certificates, medallions, engraved plaques, and trophies for their mastery of culinary art in their particular category. The winners received recognition for their efforts in culinary aspects of ability, practicality, nutrition, workmanship, economy, presentation, creativity, concept, skills, style, and techniques in food preparation and management.

Spiess, an enlisted aide, is assigned to the Combined Arms and Support Command, Fort Lee.

His wife, Lindsey, is the daughter of Kim Hilton of Jacksonville, Fla., and Debra and Christopher Chaffin of Alexandria, Va.

In 1998, Spiess graduated from Lancaster High School, Va., and received an associate degree in 2001 from Johnson and Wales University, Norfolk, Va.

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