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September 11, 2010
  • Alexander M. Ongay
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Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Alexander M. Ongay, son of Vivian Schleeter of Hagerstown, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Ongay is a 2009 graduate of Middletown (Md.) High School.




Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jason E. Brown, son of Roxanne Brown of Boonsboro, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Brown is a 2006 graduate of Williamsport High School.




Navy Seaman Apprentice Erik J. Sealor, son of Julee K. and Donald W. Sealor of Ranson, W.Va., was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Sealor 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.

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Sealor is a 2009 graduate of Jefferson High School in Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.




Navy Seaman Garret L. Hall, a 2003 graduate of Brunswick (Md.) High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.




Army National Guard Pfc. Amanda Y. Berry, daughter of Kenneth D. and Mary E. Berry of Hagerstown, graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training.

Berry is a 2007 graduate of Williamsport High School.




Air National Guard Airman James A. Semler, son of Mark Semler of Greencastle, Pa., and Natalie Perini Hagerstown, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Semler is a 2007 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School.




Army Col. John Thomas Smith, son of Robert T. and Dorothy C. Smith of Hagerstown, has been selected to attend the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pa. The college is the Army's senior educational institution.

The 10-month curriculum is designed to prepare officers of all U.S. military branches of service, foreign military officers, and senior civilian managers officials of federal agencies to serve in top-level command and staff positions with the U.S. Armed Forces worldwide. International officers also attend the school and receive training to prepare them to serve in comparable high-level positions. Students are selected by a competitive selection board process.

Smith, a brigade commander, is assigned to the 120th Infantry Brigade, Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas. He has served in the military for 26 years.

His wife, Michelle, is the daughter of Jim D. and Kay F. Johnson of Lawton, Okla.

He graduated in 1979 from North Hagerstown High School, and received a bachelor's degree in 1984 from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. Smith earned a master's degree in 1998 from the University of Central Michigan through the military extension program at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

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