From the Armed Forces
- Army National Guard Pvt. Scott D. Ariel has graduated from basic military training and advanced individual training at the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During basic training, students received instruction in drill and ceremonies, map reading, tactics, military customs and courtesies and first aid. Trainees develop combat skills and handle various weapons available to the infantry soldier.
During AIT, soldiers received instruction to become qualified light-weapons infantrymen and indirect-fire crewmen in a rifle or mortar squad. Instruction included weapons qualifications, tactics, patrolling, field communications, combat operations, and survival during a nuclear, chemical or biological attack.
Ariel is the son of Merrilee Wise of Cary and Glen Ariel of Wilmington.
He is a 1993 graduate of Marian Central Catholic High School.
- Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Burke recently participated in Exercise Iron Magic '97 and Operation Southern Watch while assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, on deployment with the USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group to the Western Pacific Ocean and Persian Gulf.
Burke is the son of John Burke of Lake in the Hills.
He is a 1994 graduate of Wallenpaupack Area High School of Hawley, Pa.
- Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Tor I. Christensen recently completed a six-day port visit to Corfu, Greece, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy, on a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf.
Christensen is the son of Corey Christensen of St. Charles.
He is a 1992 graduate of Roman Catholic High School of Philadelphia.
- Navy Lt. Frank J. Czosek recently participated in Exercise Cobra Gold, a multinational exercise with Thailand, while serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence.
Czosek is the son of James and JoAnn Gruper of Crystal Lake.
He is a 1982 graduate of Crystal Lake Central High School.
- Angela S. Davis has joined the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program at the U.S. Army Recruiting Station, West Lebanon, N.H.
The Delayed Enlistment Program gives young men or women the opportunity to delay enlistment into the Army for up to one year before reporting to basic military training.
The enlistment gives the new soldier the option to learn a new skill, travel and become eligible to receive as much as $30,000 toward a college education. After completion of basic training, soldiers receive advanced individual training in their career specialty.
Davis is the daughter of Christine Siler of Cary, and Glen Davis of Janesville, Wis.
She reported for military training on Aug. 19.
- Navy Seaman Colin R. Dawson has recently departed on a five-month South American deployment aboard the dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island.
Circumnavigating the South American continent, Dawson's ship and the multinational forces will operate together to conduct intense amphibious operations, riverine operations, surface-to-air and surface-to-surface gunnery operations, anti-submarine operations and electronic warfare command and control exercises. The five-month exercise supports the U.S. policy of engagement in South America, while promoting friendship, professionalism and understanding among its participants.
Dawson is a 1995 graduate of Dundee-Crown High School.
- Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Todd A. Doherty recently reported for duty with Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Doherty is the son of Laura Doherty of Crystal Lake.
He is a 1989 graduate of McHenry High School.
- Marine Cpl. Michael J. Hagans is halfway through a six-month deployment with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard the ships of the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group.
Hagans is the son of Anthony and Melissa Pizzuto of West Dundee. …