From the Armed Services
- Marine Corps Pfc. Paul Abraham, son of Orham Abraham of Elgin, recently reported for duty with Anti-Terrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Abraham is a 2003 graduate of Elgin High School and joined the Marine Corps in July 2004.
- Navy Airman Apprentice Erik A. Badeau, son of Phillip Badeau of South Elgin, is currently in the middle of a routine scheduled deployment, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, homeported in Norfolk, Va.
Badeau and more than 7,600 of his fellow shipmates of the Truman Carrier Strike Group, deployed in support of the global war on terrorism.
Carriers like the Harry S. Truman are deployed through out the world to maintain U.S. presence and provide rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors, and are equipped with the most versatile and powerful weapons and aircraft available.
Badeau is a 1996 graduate of Bourgade Catholic High School of Phoenix, Ariz. and joined the Navy in April 2004.
- Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael V. Cox, whose wife, Jenny, is the daughter of Penny and Denny Lee of Elgin, recently returned home after a routine, scheduled deployment to the Persian Gulf while assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, homeported in Norfolk, Va.
Cox's ship returns home after providing vital support to ground troops in the effort to stabilize the newly liberated Iraq.
USS George Washington also participated is Summer Pulse '04, the Navy's first exercise of its new operational construct, the Fleet Readiness Response Plan. Summer Pulse '04 demonstrated the Navy's ability to provide credible combat power across the globe, in five theaters, with other U.S., allied and coalition military forces. It included scheduled deployments, surge operations, joint and international exercises, and other advanced training and port visits.
Carriers like USS George Washington are deployed throughout the world to maintain U.S. presence and provide rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors, and are equipped with the most versatile and powerful weapons and aircraft available.
- Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Deanna M. Crowder, daughter of Roni and stepdaughter of Ron Erickson of McHenry, recently reported for duty with Naval Security Force Detachment, Guam.
Crowder is a 1987 graduate of McHenry High School East Campus and joined the Navy in November 2000.
She is a 1996 graduate of Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Md. with a associate's degree.
- Marine Corps Cpl. Gregory T. Haben, grandson of Thomas and Jory Haben of Elgin, recently was promoted to his current rank while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan.
Haben was promoted based on sustained superior job performance and proficiency in his designated specialty.
Haben is a 2002 graduate of Bartlett High School.
- Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Keelyn A. Henning, daughter of Steven and Patricia Henning of Huntley, and the Marines of 2nd Force Service Support Group (Forward) recently assumed operational control of Marine Corps Logistics forces, while stationed at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq.
Henning's unit deployed from Camp Lejeune, N. C. in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and provides logistical support including supplies, maintenance, transportation, landing support and health services for II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward. )
The primary mission of the 4,000 Marines and Sailors is to assist in the reconstruction of Iraq, and develop a safe and representative Iraq that will contribute to the defeat of the global threat of terrorism.
Henning is a 1999 graduate of Dundee-Crown High School, Carpentersville, and joined the Marine Corps in March 2002. …