Operation Desert Sheild

Many From Area Serve In Gulf Crisis

September 30, 1990

Many area servicemen have been and are still currently involved with Operation Desert Shield, the largest deployment of United States military forces since Vietnam. The operation is in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and threat to Saudi Arabia.

The following servicemen are currently deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Desert Shield:

* Navy Ensign Christopher M. Cook, son of Ramon J. and Doris M. Cook of Laurel, is serving aboard the destroyer USS Spruance. He is a 1988 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a 1989 graduate of George Washington University in Washington.

* Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew A. Woods, a 1986 graduate of Chesapeake High School of Pasadena, is serving aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea.

* Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Cecil G. Hairiston, whose wife, Latanya, is the daughter of Ronald and Patricia Ward of Severna Park, is serving aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea.

* Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Gerhard P. Fox, son of Gery Fox and Trudy Girton-Fox of Laurel, is serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence. He is a 1984 graduate of Laurel High School.

* Navy Lt. David S. Wilson, son of Donald S. and Polly H. Wilson of Crownsville, is serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence. He is a 1982 graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

* Navy Airman Henry Q. Zecher, son of Meredith M. and Robert J. Mancini Jr. of Laurel, is serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence. He is a 1988 graduate of Laurel High School.

The following area servicemen have recently returned from participation in Operation Desert Shield:

* Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin T. Reed, a 1988 graduate of Archbishop Spalding High School, served aboard the destroyer USS Peterson.

* Navy Seaman William J. Merrill, son of Jean B. Suesse of Crownsville, served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower. He is a 1988 graduate of Glen Burnie High School.

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