* Marine Pfc. Michael A. Van Vleck, son of Richard L. Van Vleck of Taneytown, has been meritoriously promoted to his present rank upon graduation from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.
He received the early promotion for his superior performance during all phases of the 13-week training cycle, which emphasized physical conditioning, self-discipline and teamwork.
A 1989 graduate of Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School, he joined the Marine Corps in May 1990.
* Navy Seaman Scott A. Loveless is deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Desert Shield while serving aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea, home-ported in Mayport, Fla.
Operation Desert Shield is the largest deployment of U.S. military forces since Vietnam. The operation is in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and threat to Saudi Arabia.
The son of Jackie Hyder of Westminster, Loveless joined the Navy in February 1989.
* Navy Fireman Apprentice Bert M. Miller recently returned from deployment to the Mediterranean Sea while serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower, homeported in Norfolk, Va.
During the six-month deployment he participated in various exercises and operations, including Operation Desert Shield. At the start of Operation Desert Shield, USS Eisenhower and its battle group was directed to the Red Sea where they conducted maritime interception operations and coordinated with air, ground and Naval components of the multinational force in the region.
In the Mediterranean, the USS Eisenhower and its battle group continued with their support of Operation Desert Shield. The return of the battle group demonstrates the flexibility of our Navy and its ability to provide and sustain the naval presence required by operational commanders.
A 1987 graduate of Lansdowne High School, Baltimore, Miller joined the Navy in September 1989. His wife, Wendy, is the daughter of Rodger and Linda Tansill of Mount Airy.
* Army Pfc. Eric Tegeler Bitzer recently left for Saudi Arabia under Operation Desert Shield.
He joined the Army in 1988 and served in Korea 1988-1989. His home base is Fort Campbell, Ky. Bitzer has received many commendations for his knowledge of firearms and self defense expertise.
A 1988 graduate of Franklin Senior High School, Baltimore County, he is the son of Katherine Howard and brother of Amy Bitzer, both of Westminster.
His fiancee is Alisha Whitehead of Clarksville, Tenn.
* Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott W. Kroft is deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Desert Shield while serving with Naval Mobile Construction
Battalion-Four, Port Hueneme, Calif.
Kroft is the son of David L. and Sarah L. Kroft of Westminster. A 1982 graduate of Westminster High School, he joined the Navy in June 1982.
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