-- Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Theodore R. Forte has graduated from Utilities Systems Apprentice Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas.
The course trains students in water processing, analysis, principles of water treatment plants, maintenance of water and waste water, fire suppression and backflow prevention systems and components; and maintenance and repair of water supply, waste, and natural gas systems.
Airman Forte, son of Billy N. and Ollie Forte, is assigned to the 118th Airlift Wing in Nashville.
-- Army Pvt. Ryan Johnson of Winchester, Tenn., has completed advanced individual training. He is serving as a light-wheel vehicle mechanic.
He is the son of Paul Johnson of Monteagle, Tenn., and Cheryl Brewer of Pelham, Tenn.
-- Army Private Matthew T. Miles of Evensville, Tenn., has competed advanced individual training. He is the son of Rosa Taguada and a graduate of Rhea County High School He is a cannoneer crew member.
-- Capt. Brian M. Harvey has been recommended for the Bronze Star Medal with the Combat Distinguishing Device for heroic achievement in the performance of his duties while serving as company commander, Company I, 3d Battalion, 8th Marines, 1-Brigade Combat Team, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward from March 8 to July 24.
-- Army Staff Sgt. Walter K. Bailey has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal for supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. The medal is awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguish themselves by acts of heroism or meritorious service.
In Iraq, Sgt. Bailey serves as a member of the Fires Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) headquartered at Camp Liberty. He is the son of William K. Bailey.
-- Fort Jackson: Army National Guard Pfc. Rebecca N. Smith, daughter of Joel and Connie Smith of Graysville, Ga., graduate of Ringgold High School; Army Pvt. Ricky E. Jones, son of Roger Jones of Chatsworth, Ga.; Pvt. Logan Larson, son of Glen Larson of Athens, Tenn., and Sarah Constant of Etowah, Tenn., graduate of McMinn Central High School.
Also, Pvt. Timothy Tate, son of Johnny Tate and Sharon Powell, both of Athens, Tenn., graduate of McMinn County High School; Pfc. Rebecca Smith, daughter of Connie and Joel Smith of Ringgold, Ga., 2004 graduate of Ringgold High School; Pvt. Ronald Shea, son of Rebecca Shea of Cleveland, Tenn., 1991 graduate of Bradley Central High School; Army National Guard Pvt. Bradley R. Thibodeaux, son of Larry Thibodeaux, graduate of Lookout Valley High School.
-- Parris Island: Pvt. Matthew Roenneburg, son of Karen and Gary Roenneburg of Cleveland, Tenn., graduate of Walker Valley High School, now attending Marine Combat Training at Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Pvt. Zachary Hicks, graduate of Rhea County High School, now attending Marine Combat Training at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
-- Fort Sill: Pfc. Jesse Shepherd, son of Lisa Fielder and Allen M. Shepherd II of Acworth, Ga., graduate of Central High School.
-- Fort Lee: Pvt. Kenneth Harrison, son of Tammie Brooks of South Pittsburg, Tenn., graduate of South Pittsburg High School.
-- Lackland Air Force Base: Air Force Airman Adam S. Leland, son of Scott Leland of Athens, Tenn., graduate of McMinn County High School; Air Force Airman Courtney L. Jackson, 2004 graduate of Red Bank High School; Air Force Airman John B. Dillard, son of Bill Dillard and Casie Wael, graduate of Red Bank High School.
-- Fort Knox: Pvt. Paul Andrew Ford, son of Russel and Kelly Ford of Athens, Tenn., graduate of McMinn County High School; Pvt. Jacob Dotson, son of Tammy Dotson of Lenoir City, Tenn., graduate of Sweetwater High School.
-- Fort Benning: Pvt. Michael W. Cannon, son of Betty Ford and Michael Cannon, graduate of East Ridge High School.
-- Fort Leonard Wood: Pfc. James Mueller, son of Michael and Jeanne Mueller, graduate of East Ridge High School; Pvt. Justin Stewart, son of Dawn Stewart and Tom Stewart of Athens, Tenn., graduate of McMinn County High School.
Elks Lodge No. 91 to dedicate veterans? monument May 28
Members of Chattanooga Elks Lodge No. 91 will dedicate a new monument in honor and memory of area veterans on May 28, according to Ron Smith, chairman of the Elks? veterans committee.
The dedication ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at the lodge, 1067 Graysville Road.
A color guard representing American Legion Post 95 will present the colors. There will be a 21-gun salute and Taps.
For more information, call 894-8850.
Legion Post 95
Members of the Sons of the American Legion have been assisting Post 95 with collecting and mailing items to members of the 196th Field Artillery Brigade in Afghanistan.
The SALS collected more than $1,000 worth of goods for shipment to troops. The group includes Dale Gore, Scott Huddleston, John L. Jones and Bill McMahan.
The Navy Submarine League hosted a recent ceremony in San Diego, Calif., during which a plaque and book was dedicated in memory of the late Rear Adm. Walter Nicholas ?Buck? Dietzen Jr. at LaJolla High School Library.
Friends, colleagues and shipmates honored Adm. Dietzen?s work as a volunteer substitute teacher and tutor for 10 years in the San Diego Unified School District.
Adm. Dietzen, a former Chattanoogan, began his Naval career after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945. He commanded three submarines before retiring from active duty in 1975.
He taught in the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training program before beginning to substitute teach at LaJolla High and other San Diego schools in 1995.
-- Navy sailor Jerold W. ?J.W.? Sharber, E-3, has received four commendations this year.
The aviation structures and hydraulics technician is stationed at China Lake, Calif., Naval Weapons Test and Evaluation Center. He is the son of Tony and Vicki Legg of Soddy-Daisy and Steven Sharber of Murfreesboro, Tenn. He is the grandson of Della Yarrington of Hixson and Wallace and Ella Sharber of Murfreesboro.
Mr. Sharber was named Sailor of the Month in January, Sailor of the Quarter in April, and also received a commendation from the Admiral of the West Pacific Fleet in April. In March, he earned certification as a plane captain.
Mr. Sharber is waiting confirmation of promotion to Petty Officer, 3rd Class.
-- Army Spec. Billy G. Massingale has been awarded the Army Achievement Medal for participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The medal is awarded to soldiers who have served in any capacity in an area authorized by the Secretary of the Army. The recipients must have distinguished themselves by meritorious service or achievement while acting on behalf of the Army.
Spec. Massingale, a security team leader with 12 years of military service, is the son of Bill H. Massingale of Cleveland, Tenn., and Joanna Massingale of Ringgold, Ga.
He is a 1986 graduate of Lakeview High School.
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Joshua G. Turner has graduated from Signal Officer Basic Course at Fort Gordon, Ga.
The 18-week course consists of seven blocks of instruction to prepare Signal Corps lieutenants to be platoon leaders in signal units or signal staff officers in maneuver units.
Lt. Turner is the son of Ron and Cheryl Turner of Chattanooga.
Air Force Senior Airman Joel T. Moses has graduated from Airman Leadership School at Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal.
The five-week course trains senior airmen in skills and organizational structure needed to be effective noncommissioned officers.
The school is the first of three levels of professional military education programs to cultivate leadership and supervisory skills, and is a required for airmen to complete prior to being promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.
Airman Moses, an aircraft electro-environmental systems journeyman with four years of military service, is assigned to the 729th Air Mobility Squadron.
He is the son of Johnny Ray and Patsy Lynn Ellis, both of Cleveland, Tenn. He is a graduate of Bradley Central High School and of the Community College of the Air Force.
Army Pvt. Joshua G. Lynthlin has graduated from the Light-wheeled Vehicle Mechanic Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
The course trains soldiers to perform maintenance, troubleshoot and repair wheeled vehicles and related mechanical components.
He is the son of Shirley L. Lynthlin of Chatsworth, Ga., and a 1998 graduate of Murray County High School.
Army Pvt. Jason E. Cartee has graduated from the Metal Worker Advanced Individual Training course at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Md.
The student was trained in all phases of welding including ferrous and nonferrous metals using oxyacetylene, electric, arc, and inert gas welding equipment. The trainee also learned to repair hulls and accessories of Army watercraft.
Pvt. Cartee is the son of Mark and Marilyn Turner of Cleveland, Tenn.
Sailor Eduardo Palacios has completed ?A? School at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Miss. He has been transferred to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington state.
He is the son of Joyce Palacios.
Sailor Shaun G. Phillips graduated from Naval Recruit Training Center on April 14 with the rank of Airman 3rd Class. He has been stationed in Pensacola, Fla.
He is the son of Greg and Bonnie Phillips of Maryland and the grandson of Ray and Pat Phillips of Hixson.
Air Force Airman Justin E. Cain has arrived for duty at Ramstein Air Base, Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Airman Cain is a security forces apprentice assigned to the 435th Security Forces Squadron. He is the son of James A. and Laurie J. Cain and a 1998 graduate of Ooltewah High School.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Aaron J. Hickey has arrived for duty at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.
Airman Hickey, an aerospace maintenance apprentice, is the son of Martin W. and Christina L. Hickey of Trenton, Ga., and a 2005 graduate of Dade County High School.
Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Craig A. Brumlow has arrived for duty at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga.
Airman Brumlow, a pavements and construction equipment journeyman with five years of military service, is assigned to the 94th Civil Engineering Squadron.
He is the son of Nikki L. Gentry and a 1999 graduate of Soddy-Daisy High School.
Four recruits have completed Army National Guard training.
They are Pvt. David J. Slatton, son of Mike and Janet Slatton; Pfc. Nichole L. Sallee, daughter of Phyllis Hoppes; Pfc. Coulbourne Rader, son of Kim Green and Coulbourne F. Rader; and Pvt. Stephen Anderson, son of Walter and Lorrie Anderson.
Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.: Army National Guard Pvt. Joshua L. Stanley, son of Janie Stanley of Chatsworth, Ga., 1998 graduate of Murray County High School.
Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla: Army National Guard Pfc. Morgan N. Lewis, son of Albert Lewis, and Leslie Whittenburg, both of Soddy Daisy, 2005 graduate of Soddy-Daisy High School.
Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas: Air Force Airman Jason M. Woody, son of Richie and Carol Woody of Dayton, Tenn., 1998 graduate of Rhea County High School; Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Charles E. Ridenour, 1994 graduate of McMinn County High School; Air National Guard Airman 1st Class John D. Nash, son of Dennis and Patricia Nash, 2000 graduate of Red Bank High School.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Donald W. Baker, son of Don Baker of Chatsworth, Ga., 2002 graduate of Murray County High School and a 2005 graduate of Dalton State College; Air Force Airman 1st Class Anthony R. Cook, son of Steven Cook of Ringgold, Ga., 2006 graduate of Ringgold High School; and Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Wiersma, son of David and Karen Wiersma of Chatsworth, Ga., 2003 graduate of Christian Heritage School.
Sgt. Jeff Mullins, U.S. Marine Corps, has been deployed to Iraq on assignment with Lt. Gen. John Sattler, Commanding General of the I Marine Expeditionary Force.
This is Sgt. Mullins? third tour of duty in Iraq. His two previous tours were spent as a combat engineer with the 3rd Marine Air Wing. His home base is Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Calif.
Sgt. Mullins is a 2000 graduate of Hixson High School. He is the son of Paul and Susan Johnson of Hixson and Harry and Nancy Mullins of Birmingham, Ala.
Army National Guard Pfc. Timothy S. Hollingsworth has been mobilized and activated for future deployment to an undisclosed overseas location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Hollingsworth, a gunner with six years of military service, is normally assigned in Elberton, Ga. He is the son of Ann Hollingsworth of Dunlap, Tenn.
The USS Maddox Destroyer Association is holding a reunion June 21-25 in Portland, Ore. For more information, contact Ken Chestnut, 6844 Clara Lee Ave., San Diego, CA 92120; phone (619) 582-1238; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The USS Orleck DD 886 reunion will be held June 22-25 in Wilmington, N.C. For more information, contact Robert Orleck, P.O. Box 213, Randolph, VT 05060, phone (802) 728-9806 or e-mail email@example.com.
A reunion of all ships? companies, embarked Navy and Marine Corps personnel of the USS Iwo Jima, USS Okinawa and USS New Orleans will be held Oct. 18-22 at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel in Jacksonville, Fla. For more information, contact Robert G. McAnally, 152 Frissell St., Hampton, VA 23663; phone (866) 237-3137; or fax (757) 723-4660.