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April 19, 2010

Army National Guard Pvt. Michael L. Free, son of Belinda St. Clair and grandson of Lloyd St. Clair, both of Hagerstown, graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Free is a 2007 graduate of South Hagerstown High School.




Navy Seaman Joseph Pasquarello, son of Crystal D. and Thomas J. Pasquarello of Greencastle, Pa., was recently promoted upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Pasquarello received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. The training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.




Navy Seaman Apprentice Andrew V. Minella, son of Jill M. and Victor V. Minella of Williamsport, was recently promoted upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

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Minella received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. The training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Minella is a 2007 graduate of Willamsport High School.




Navy Seaman Apprentice Randy J. Saylor, son of Kelly D. Williams and Gerald Kunde, both of Myersville, Md., and nearly 1,000 sailors and Marines attached to USS Bataan (LHD 5) recently returned to Norfolk, Va., after 10 weeks supporting Operation Unified Response in Haiti.

The ship left Norfolk Jan. 14, just 48 hours after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake caused severe damage to Haiti's capital city of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas.

Arriving on Jan. 18, Bataans crew members immediately began providing disaster relief to the people of Haiti.

Bataan's medical team also provided services ashore for approximately 2,000 patients, and delivered the ship's first baby, an 8 pound, 3 ounce boy they named "Theo Joe."

As part of their preventive medicine campaign, Bataan also coordinated with the U.S. Public Health Service in immunizing nearly 10,000 Haitians.

Bataan operated primarily off the coast of Grand Goave, Haiti, and conducted "22 Sailors Ashore Missions," ultimately removing 150 tons of rubble, building 65 shelters for 130 families and distributing more than 500,000 meals.

Bataan is scheduled to begin a planned maintenance availability at Norfolk's British Defense, Security, and Aerospace Company Shipyard this month.

Saylor is a 2008 graduate of Laurel Highlands Senior High School of Uniontown, Pa., and joined the Navy in August 2008.




Navy Seaman Recruit Justin M. Bonnie, a 2009 graduate of Catoctin High School in Thurmont, Md., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

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