A Carroll County man was among eight seniors from Western...

Serving our country

May 31, 1992

A Carroll County man was among eight seniors from Western Maryland College who was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army on May 23 in Alumni Hall.

Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet Peter A. May will enter the military with the rank of second lieutenant. He has participated in Ranger Challenge, Ranger Platoon and Airborne and will enter the Army as an aviator.

The communications major is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert May nTC of Marriottsville.

* Marine Pfc. Brett A. Garber recently completed the Basic Metal Worker Course.

During the course at the Marine Corps Engineer School, Camp Lejeune, N.C., students receive instruction on sheet metal working and electric arc, inert gas and oxyacetylene welding.

A 1991 graduate of Francis Scott Key High School, he is the son of Gary D. and Peggy L. Garber of New Windsor. He joined the Marine Corps Reserves in July 1991.

* Navy Airman Aaron R. Silverman, son of Harold N. and Ann L. Silverman of Mount Airy, recently completed the Aviation Electrician's Mate Course.

During the course, at the Naval Air Technical Training Center, Naval Air Station Memphis, Millington, Tenn., students receive introductory instruction required to perform scheduled maintenance on naval aircraft, including specialized training on electrical and electronic instrument systems.

The 1988 graduate of Linganore High School, Frederick County, joined the Navy in July 1991.

* Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick Bonacci of Sykesville recently returned from a deployment to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

He was deployed with the Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 209, based at Naval Air Facility, Washington, D.C., to participate in "Red Flag," the largest warfare exercise in seven years.

The squadron's EA-6B Prowler aircraft practiced electronically jamming and launching missiles against a hostile air-defense network. Bonacci's efforts helped the squadron achieve a 100 percent mission completion rate.

A 1981 South Carroll High School graduate, he joined the Navy Reserves in August 1981. His wife, Cheryl, is the daughter of Leander H. and Lois E. Anske of Sykesville.

* Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Robert T. Abel recently participated in a combined Australian and United States 50th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of the Coral Sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence, deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.

During a major World War II battle in the Coral Sea, May 4-9, 1942, two U.S. aircraft carriers supported by U.S. and Royal Australian task forces and U.S. Army Air Corps aircraft, repelled an invasion of the Australian continent. The Battle of the Coral Sea was the first Allied victory in the Pacific.

The anniversary events commemorate all military people who lost their lives in this significant battle.

Abel also made a port visit to Sydney, Australia.

His wife, Vicki, is the daughter of Raymond S. and Maryann Spangler of Westminster. The 1980 graduate of Upper Moreland High School, Willow Grove, Pa., joined the Navy in August 1980.

* Kenneth D. Livesay, son of Keith T. and Denise R. Livesay, recently enlisted in the U.S. Army's Delayed Entry Program and will report for active duty June 2.

He attended Westminster High School and Villa Julie College. He will take advanced individual training at Fort Sill, Okla.

Livesay has taken Fire Support Specialist as his military occupational specialty and has volunteered for a three-year tour of duty.

* Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeffery A. Hoeflich, son of Diane Coyne of Eldersburg, recently participated in a decommissioning ceremony aboard the frigate USS Pharris, home ported in Norfolk, Va.

USS Pharris was built at Avondale Shipyards, La.,and was commissioned at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va., in 1974. The ship made 10 major deployments and earned the Battle "E" three times for outstanding performance in battle efficiency readiness drills. USS Pharris was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation and Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

Hoeflich is a 1990 graduate of Liberty High School. He joined the Navy in October 1990.

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