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Service news - June 22

June 21, 2011
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Air Force Airman Andrew O. Chilcoat recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Chilcoat is a 2008 graduate of Clear Spring High School. He is the son of Paul and Anita Chilcoat of Hagerstown.



Devin M. Griffin has been mobilized and activated at Joint Base Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst, N.J., in preparation for deployment to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Griffin is a member of the 811th Ordnance Division in Rainville, W.Va. She is an ammunition stock control/accounting specialist and has served in the military for one year.

Griffin is a 2009 graduate of South Hagerstown High School. She is the daughter of Rebecca A. Griffin and Michael A. Griffin Sr., both of Hagerstown.



Brandon S. Weaver, who has served in the U.S. Coast Guard since 1998, recently received his master's degree in physician's assistant studies and was commissioned to ensign.

Weaver will be stationed at the Coast Guard Shipyards in Baltimore as a physician's assistant.

Weaver is a 1998 graduate of Boonsboro High School. He is the son of Lori and Dave Hubbell of Hagerstown, and Mel and Denise Weaver of Maugansville. He is the grandson of Thelma Hockensmith and the late Jack Hockensmith, and Mel and Liz Weaver Sr. of Smithsburg.



Navy Seaman Apprentice Sierra V. Pirtle was promoted to her current rank upon graduation from recruit training with the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa, N.Y.

Pirtle 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 also was placed on physical fitness.

Pirtle is the sister of Ashley M. Pirtle of Waynesboro, Pa.



Army Pvt. Brandon L. Needy recently graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.  

Needy is a 2010 graduate of South Hagerstown High School. He is the son of Rhonda A. Needy of Funkstown and Karl L. Needy of Newport, Tenn.



Army Pfc. John T. South recently graduated from the Multiple Launch Rocket System Operations/Fire Direction Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.

South is a 1999 graduate of Williamsport High School. He is the son of Charles C. and Rebecca K. South of Williamsport.  



Army Spc. Kevin S. Lovelace recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.

Lovelace received a bachelor's degree in 2008 from Fullsail University in Orlando-Winter Park, Fla. He is the son of Traci and Keith Lovelace of Hagerstown.



Navy Seaman Kellie J. Kimble recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Kimble is a 2010 graduate of Shalom Christian Academy in Chambersburg, Pa. She is the daughter of Karla L. and Dan R. Kimble of Greencastle, Pa.



Navy Seaman Gary A. McCoy recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

McCoy is a 2005 graduate of Brunswick (Md.) High School.

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