Service news

October 29, 2009

Army 2nd Lt. William Longwell, son of Robert M. Longwell of Hagerstown, recently graduated from the U.S. Army Elite Ranger School.

Longwell will be stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.

Longwell is a 2008 graduate of Shippensburg (Pa.) University.

Airman 1st Class J. Joseph Kaiktsian, of Boonsboro, received promotion to Senior Airman, E4, six months early. He finished basic training like all Air Force recruits, at Lackland Air Force Base, but was given rank of E3 and earned both the Green Rope and the Yellow Rope. After basic training, he completed tech school as a supply specialist and was transferred to his first duty station at Langley Air Force base in Virginia.

Preston R. Wallech, son of Esther Wallech of Hagerstown, has been promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force.

Wallech, a wing intelligence flight commander with 16 years of military service, is assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Jacksonville, Ark.


His wife, Pattama, is the daughter of Tanita Roman of Hunters Point St., Spring Hill, Fla.

Wallech graduated in 1991 from North Hagerstown High School, and received a master's degree in 2009 from Troy University, Ala.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremy S. Grove, son of Gary and Carol Grove of Clear Spring, has arrived for duty at the U.S. Army Recruiting Station, in Oxon Hill, Md.

Grove is an enlisted accessions recruiter assigned to the 317th Recruiting Station. He has served in the military for six years.

Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Taluto, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Aaron Samet from Frederick, Md., and serving with 1108th Ordnance Co. (Explosive Ordnance Disposal, EOD) is promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber citizen soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

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