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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | February 3, 2003
A former Calvert County man whose lifelong ambition was to become a helicopter pilot was one of four men killed when a U.S. military helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on Thursday. Chief Warrant Officer Thomas J. Gibbons, 31, who grew up in Prince Frederick, was part of an elite Army aviation team - the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - based at Fort Campbell, Ky. The helicopter was on a training mission. Chief Warrant Officer Mark S. O'Steen, 43, of Alabama; Sgt. Gregory M. Frampton, 37, of California; and Staff Sgt. Daniel L. Kisling Jr., 31, of Missouri were also killed in the crash.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 9, 1997
IRVINE, Calif. -- A number of medical professionals, who say they have become ill while treating Persian Gulf war veterans, claim the mysterious disease afflicting tens of thousands of soldiers is contagious and could pose a public health threat.Doctors, nurses and laboratory researchers, as well as others who come in casual contact with gulf war veterans, say they have contracted the same symptoms -- fatigue, fever, aches, rashes and respiratory problems -- that are generally associated with "gulf war syndrome."
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,Sun reporter | August 5, 2008
When Sgt. Ryan P. Baumann told his family five years ago that he wanted to join the Army, relatives say they knew it was coming. Sergeant Baumann spent eight years of his childhood in Germany, where he picked up a foreign language and learned the ins and outs of Army life. "Ryan grew up around the miliary," said his mother, Cindy Lohman, who worked as a civilian nurse on a base in Germany. "It didn't surprise me. His heroes were guys in the 82nd [Airborne Division]. And he was a post 9-11 child, so he felt very committed to doing something to protect this country."
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 20, 2003
CAMP PENNSYLVANIA, Kuwait - Word of the airstrikes on Iraq came as a surprise to some officers with the Army's 101st Airborne Division this morning. Here at Camp Pennsylvania, 30 miles from Iraq, commanders got the news from a reporter as they awoke at 6:30 a.m: The U.S. military struck Baghdad with Tomahawk cruise missiles and precision bombs from F-117 fighter-bombers in the opening salvo of military action to oust Saddam Hussein. But at Camp Pennsylvania, the humdrum rhythms of the camp made it seem like any other day. A line of soldiers out for a run resembled a centipede in the hazy distance.
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March 29, 2003
The battlefield In the push north to Baghdad, American-led forces bomb a Republican Guard fuel depot and a missile facility, and Royal Air Force pilots strike areas near Baghdad. Marines and Iraqi troops continue a fierce battle for control of the strategic city of Nasiriyah. Four Marines with the 1st Expeditionary Force are reported missing. A missile, apparently fired from southern Iraq, explodes near a shopping mall in Kuwait City but causes no injuries and little damage, U.S. and Kuwaiti officials say. U.S. planes deliver tanks, off-road vehicles and equipment to an airfield in northern Iraq, helping the effort to open a second front.
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By LOUISE ROUG and LOUISE ROUG,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 10, 2005
BAGHDAD, IRAQ -- A leading Sunni cleric in Baghdad called for the release of four Western hostages yesterday, a day before the deadline imposed by their kidnappers. With his appeal during his sermon at the Abu Hanifa mosque in the predominantly Sunni Arab neighborhood of Adhamiya, Moayad Adami joined a growing chorus calling for the release of the humanitarian workers, an American, a British citizen and two Canadians, who were abducted Nov. 26. He encouraged his congregation "to inform whoever has any influence, or to lend a helping hand [for]
BUSINESS
March 25, 1996
New positionsChristopher J. Kurtzman is McCormick vice presidentMcCormick & Co. announced that Christopher J. Kurtzman has been selected as vice president and treasurer. A certified public accountant, the Ellicott City resident and graduate of the University of Notre Dame joined the Hunt Valley-based spice and flavorings company in 1976.John P. Shobert joins Maryland Consulting GroupMaryland Consulting Group announced that John P. Shobert, a human resources executive, joined the firm as a senior associate.
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October 13, 1994
John T. JohnsonRetired steel workerJohn T. Johnson, a retired steel worker, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Irvington. He was 64.He retired as a coke oven operator in 1992 after 39 years at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant.The native of Roxboro, N.C., came to Baltimore in 1953.Services were set for 7 p.m. today at New Shiloh Baptist Church, Clifton Avenue and Monroe Street, Baltimore.He is survived by his wife, the former Arie Williams; two sons, James L. and Gary L. Johnson, both of Baltimore; eight daughters, Esther B. Grate of Fort Eustis, Va., and Ellen E. Burton, Wanda L. Johnson, Lillian D. Spriggs, Robin A. Moore, Letitia Y. Johnson, Jill R. Johnson and Jackie Hector, all of Baltimore; four brothers, Isaac, McKinley, Andrew and Joe Johnson, all of Roxboro; five sisters, Elizabeth Eddie of Philadelphia and Lucy Jane Springfield, Cadelia Green, Emily Thornton and Minnie Neal, all of Roxboro; 22 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2012
A Special Forces soldier from Baltimore County was killed Saturday in Afghanistan, officials said. Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Robert Pepper, a 1999 graduate of Kenwood High School in Essex, was on patrol in Ghazni province in Eastern Afghanistan when his unit was attacked by insurgents, according to Army Special Forces Command. He was 31. In a statement, his family called him "A good brother, a caring brother, a loving brother. " "Brandon was a good friend to all of us, and was always willing to help.
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November 5, 2004
James Gorman Keeney, a former Sweetheart Cup Co. worker and World War II paratrooper, died from complications of heart disease and diabetes Sunday at his Finksburg home. He was 81. Mr. Keeney was born and raised on a farm in Savage. He attended Howard County public schools until leaving to help support himself. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army, and after completing paratrooper training, he joined the 17th Airborne Division. He later served with the 101st Airborne Division, better known as the Screaming Eagles.
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