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September 07, 2008

MSgt. Christopher L. Nave is retiring from the U.S.Air Force after 23 years of service.

Nave lives in Williamsport, with his wife and daughter. Nave has been stationed at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for the past 19 years and is a supply flight chief for Air Force One.

Nave began his inventory management career with the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing, 1st Supply Squadron, Langley AFB, Va., where he worked in the Mission Support section, supporting four squadrons of F-15's. In December 1988, he received orders to the 89 Military Airlift Wing, 89th Headquarters Squadron, Andrews AFB. He initially worked in the Special Air Missions supply unit that supported all C-137/C-135 DV aircraft.

In December 1993, he was given temporary duty orders to Saudi Arabia to support Operation Southern Watch for six months. He was hand-picked and reassigned to the 89th Logistics Support Squadron in January 1995 as the supply quality assurance and maintenance liaison for all 89th AW aircraft. In November 1995, he was tasked to work the acquisition source selection for the new C-32 aircraft at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. This source selection won him the Vice President's "Hammer Award" for success in the new acquisition reform plan set forth by the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994. In April 2001, after filling in as a supply augmentee for the Presidential Pilots Office, Nave was given the opportunity to take a full-time supply position. In accepting this position, Nave was reassigned to the newly formed Presidential Airlift Group as a supply technician to support Air Force One.

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After retirement, Nave will be joining the private sector working for L-3 Communications.

Melisa Gonzalez, daughter of Miriam Gonzalez of Frederick, Md., has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Army.

In addition, Gonzalez is currently deployed overseas at a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Gonzalez, a shift leader and fire control repairer, is normally assigned to the 86th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky. She has served in the military for two years.

Gonzalez received a degree in 2005 from Southern Illinois University, Bethesda, Md.

James Domenico, son of Larry and Carol Domenico of Martinsburg, W.Va., completed training and received his commission as a 2nd Lt. in the 167th AW Martinsburg, West Virginia Air Guard on June 27 at McGhee Tyson Air Guard Base in Knoxville, Tenn.

Army Capt. Shirley M. Thacker, daughter of Deborah Fleming and stepdaughter of Thomas Fleming of Mount Airy, Md., has arrived for duty with the 189th Aviation, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Thacker is a battalion areomedical physician assistant with 14 years of military service.

Thacker graduated in 1994 from Linganore High School, Frederick, Md. She received a bachelor's degree in 2005, and a master's degree in 2006, both from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Ian R. Hamilton Jr., son of Sgt. Major Ian V. Hamilton and 1st Sgt. Starlene R. Hamilton (Retired USMC), of Williamsport, graduated July 25 from Great Lakes, Ill., Naval Recruit Training and is currently attending Military Police School in San Antonio.

Hamilton is a 2006 graduate of Williamsport High School.

Kylie-Anne E. Noreiga, daughter of Sgt. Major Ian V. Hamilton and 1st Sgt. Starlene R. Hamilton (Retired USMC), of Williamsport, was promoted to Sergeant, E-5 in the U.S. Marine Corps on July 1.

Noreiga is stationed at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Va., and is working for the Separations and Retirement Branch as an administrative clerk.

Noreiga is a 2001 graduate of Yucca Valley High School. She currently holds an associate degree in interdisciplinary studies through National University, San Diego, Calif., and is continuing her education online to become a teacher through National University.

Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Ryan J. Powers, son of Marilyn Powers of Frederick, Md., deployed with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan.

MWSS-172, which joined forces with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) in Al Asad, Iraq, is the first wing support squadron from III Marine Expeditionary Force to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Powers is a 2001 graduate of Frederick High School of and joined the Marine Corps in May 2006. He is a 2006 graduate of University of Maryland, College Park, Md., with a BA degree.

Navy Seaman Recruit Leonard C. Carter, a 2003 graduate of Boonsboro High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin M. Nicholson, son of Kim Davidson of Waynesboro, Pa., and fellow Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Camp Lejeune, N. C., recently reached the halfway point in their deployment to Al Anbar province, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror.

Nicholson is a 2003 graduate of Waynesboro (Pa.) Area Senior High School and joined the Marine Corps in August 2006.

Army Pvt. Brandon A. Blakeney, son of Tammy Hobbs of Spotsylvania, Va., and brother of John Blakeney of Mount Airy, Md., graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Blakeney is a 2005 graduate of Spotsylvania High School.

Marine Sgt. Patrick M. McNew, son of Craig and Ann Kastle of Charles Town, W.Va., and Michael McNew of Washington Crossing, Pa., is deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His home station is Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, Havelock, N.C.

McNew is a graduate of Williamsport High School. He and his wife, Stacy, and their two children live in Havelock.

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