* Navy Lt. Mark F. Keller, son of Ruth M. Keller of...

Serving our country

March 29, 1992

* Navy Lt. Mark F. Keller, son of Ruth M. Keller of Westminster, recently reported for duty with Naval Special Warfare Group-2, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Norfolk, Va.

A graduate of Texas Lutheran College, Sequin, Texas, and of Wittenberg University, Springfield,Ohio, he joined the Navy in July 1981.

* Marine Pfcs. Christopher L. Honeycutt and Anthony F. Wheeler recently completed recruit training.

During the training cycle at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., recruits are taught the basics of battlefield survival, introduced to typical military daily routine and personal and professional standards.

All recruits participate in an active physical conditioning program and gain proficiency in a variety of military skills, including first aid, rifle marksmanship and close-order drill. Teamwork and self-discipline are emphasized throughout the cycle.

Honeycutt, the son of Bonnie L. and stepson of Robert J. Maxson III of Eldersburg, is a 1991 graduate of Liberty High School.

Wheeler, the son of Gary F. and Joyce M. Wheeler of Hampstead, is a 1991 graduate of North Carroll High School.

* Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Lothar W. Proepper recently was selected as Maintainance man of the Quarter with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron-3, Jacksonville, Fla.

He was chosen from among all the sailors assigned to the command and was cited for outstanding performance of duty, proficiency, leadership, initiative and military bearing.

The former Carroll resident joined the Navy in April 1979.

* Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles E. Kline, whose wife, Veronica, is the daughter of George and Margret Hankewycz of Westminster, recently completed the Navy Security Guard Course.

During the course at the naval Technical Training Center Detachment, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, students study the laws, regulations and procedures governing law enforcement programs.

Students also are trained in apprehension, search and seizure, riot control, drug abuse detection, small arms, waterfront defense and anti-terrorism tactics.

Kline joined the Navy in July 1984.

* Navy Airman Apprentice Aaron S. Bennett is currently in the Persian Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier USS America (home port is Norfolk, Va.), and is in the middle of a six-month deployment.

Over the past couple of months, the carrier and its crew spent the holidays in Naples, Italy, where some of the crewmen helped rehabilitate a shelter for the homeless.

The ship then traveledto Souda Bay, Crete, becoming only the second U.S. carrier to visit the port in more than 20 years. Afterward, Bennett spent time in Athens, Greece, where the carrier played host to a parade that included aperformance by its 65-member Marine Corps detachment. More than 200 international dignitaries attended a reception and toured the carrierand its aircraft following the parade.

Most recently, he visited Antayla, Turkey, for a five-day visit before transiting the Suez Canal. The USS America is on its second major deployment in less than a year and was operating in the Mediterranean when reassigned to the gulf.

Bennett is the son of Steven J. and Dorothea L. Bennett of Mount Airy. A 1988 graduate of Linganore High School, Frederick County, he joined the Navy in August 1990.

* Richard W. Hartman, son of Mr.and Mrs. William C. Hartman of Taneytown, recently enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve's Delayed Training Program and will report for basictraining on July 30.

The Francis Scott Key High School senior will take basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., and advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, Va. He has chosen the position of watercraft operator as his military occupational specialty and will be assigned to the 949th Transportation Company, Baltimore.

Staff Sgt. Stephan F.Sloskey of the Westminster recruiting station assisted Hartman in his enlistment.

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