* Mark E. McKinney, son of Dorothy and Ray McKinney of...

Serving our country

May 05, 1991

* Mark E. McKinney, son of Dorothy and Ray McKinney of Manchester, has joined the U.S. Army under the Army's Delayed Entry Program.

Pvt. McKinney will attend basic training and advanced individual training at Fort McClellan, Ala., beginning in April 1991.

In AIT, he will attend school to become a chemical operations specialist.

He graduated from North Carroll High School in June 1988.

* Sgt. Brian K. Wright, of the 20th Engineering Battalion, has returned to his post at Fort Campbell, Ky., after serving six months inthe Desert Storm operations.

He is the husband of the former Denyse Backhaus. Both are 1983 graduates of South Carroll High School. They are the parents of two sons.

* Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Alan S. Stone, son of John C. and Vera E. Stone of Westminster, graduated from Basic Hull Maintenance Technician School.

During the 11-week course at Damage Control Training Center, Naval Base, Philadelphia,Stone received instruction on the basics of welding, pipe-fitting and metal-smithing.

He also studied the procedures used to fabricate, install and repair shipboard structures, plumbing and piping systems.

Stone joined the Navy in September 1990.

* Two countians serving aboard the destroyer USS Sprucance -- based in Mayport, Fla. -- have recently returned from deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Desert Storm.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ralph E. Wilson, a 1983 graduate of Westminster High, joined the Navy in June 1983.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Barry L. Six is the son of Marlin C. and Barbara A. Six of Taneytown.

The 1974 graduate of FrancisScott Key High joined the Navy in June 1974.

* Marine Sgt. William J. Craig, son of William J. and Irene Craig of Sykesville, recentlyreturned from a seven-month deployment to the Mediterranean and westcoast of Africa while serving with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Lejeune and New River, N.C.

The 2,500 Marines and sailors of the 26th MEU participated in exercises in Spain, Turkey and Gibraltar, and also participated in Operation Sharp Edge in Liberia.

Operation Sharp Edge was the longest running non-combatant evacuation operation in recent naval history. Sailors and Marines continuously supported the U.S. Embassy logistically, evacuating U.S. citizens and other nationalities several times a week.

They also provided humanitarian assistance by airlifting food, water, fuel and medical supplies.

Craig joined the Marine Corps in October 1985.

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