Basic Training Is Over

Service notes

April 07, 1991

The following area servicemen recently completed basic military training:

* Pvt. James M. Conway, son of James C. Conway Jr. of Gambrills, completed training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

* Navy Seaman Recruit Daryl L. Moore, son of Timothy P. Moore of Baltimore, completed training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

* Navy Seaman Recruit Andrew C. Washington, a 1987 graduate of Andover High School of Glen Burnie, completed training at Recruit Training, Orlando, Fla.


Army Specialist Bradley P. Miklasz has participated in Arctic Warrior 91, a training exercise for the defense of Alaska.

It provided an arctic environmentfor a major land battle between two large conventional forces in thestate's interior, air-to-ground operations in support of the land battle and air-intercept operations.

The exercise is conducted everyother year to train Alaska-based forces to employ and sustain combatunits.

Miklasz is a ground surveillance systems operator at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

He is the son of Betty and Bernard Miklasz of Odenton. The specialist is a 1987 graduate of Arundel Senior High School.


Army Specialist Robert C. Bodnar has been named Berlin Brigade soldier of the quarter. The selection was based on the individual's exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, significant self-improvement and other accomplishments.

He is an armor crew member in Berlin.

Bodnar is the son of Andrew R. and Angela R. Bodnar of Millersville. He is a 1985 graduate of Old Mill Senior High School. He received an associate degree in 1987 from Catonsville Community College.


NavyEnsign Dean C. Vantol, whose wife, Charee, is the daughter of Clarence E. and Janice Cook of Severna Park, was designated a naval aviator. Presentation of the "Wings of Gold" marked culmination of 18 monthsof flight training.

Vantol's curriculum included basic studies inengineering and navigation, training flights in simulators, aircraftfamiliarizations, basic and advanced instrument training, extended navigation flights and landings aboard an aircraft carrier.

He is a1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.


Lt.j.g. Michael B. Van Rooy was designated a naval aviator on March 22 at Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss. He received his wings after completing the Navy's tactical jet pilot training program.

The two-year syllabus included flight training in the T-34 turboprop, the T-2C twin-engine jet and tactical strike and air combat maneuvering in the A-4 Skyhawk. He carrier-qualified with landings on the USS Lexington.

During advanced strike training, Von Rooy earned two Navy E awards for accuracy. He is a 1988 graduate of North Carolina State University, where he majored in civil engineering, and a 1984 graduate of Andover High School.


To celebrate the victory in Desert Storm and the return of our troops from the Middle East, the Fort Meade Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars will sponsor the sixth annual massing of the colors at the Argonne HillsChapel Center at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14.

Over 50 color guardsfrom many different organizations, including the United States FirstArmy Band with guest soloist Master Sgt. John Montgomery from the Soldier's Chorus, will perform.

Col. Thomas R. Mann, garrison commander of Fort Meade, will be the grand marshal. The invocation will beby the garrison chaplain, Col. Albert Hansen, and the blessing of the colors will be by the First Army chaplain, Col. Adams.

The guestspeaker will be the national commander of the Military Order of World Wars, Air Force Reserve Capt. Dwight Copley, retired.

Everyone is invited, particularly children, to come and spend a patriotic hour.

Information: 997-4308.

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