Military news

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

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CAP cadet to attend Air Force Academy

St Mary's Civil Air Patrol Cadet Lt. Stephen Gast is headed to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Class of 2012. He previously received a letter of acceptance and only needed a nomination, which he recently received.

He joins two other cadets from St Mary's CAP already at the academy — Andrew Miller and Daniel Brand.

There are approximately 1,300 members of CAP in Maryland. Last fiscal year wing members flew 34 search and rescue missions and were credited with 23 finds.

For information about the Maryland Wing of CAP, visit

The St. Mary's Composite Squadron meets Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. Mary's County Regional Airport, in the Capt. Walter Francis Duke terminal building, 44200 Airport Road in California. For information visit

Mattingly attends Penn State

Former St Mary's Civil Air Patrol cadet, Ensign Michelle Mattingly, is attending Penn State University, where she is working on a master's degree in acoustics.

She graduated sixth in her class from the U.S. Naval Academy.

She was the cadet commander of the St Mary's Composite Squadron and nominated to the academy by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th.) Hoyer also attended her graduation.

As a cadet, she attended Blue Beret and AF Space Command Familiarization Course at Colorado Springs. She also served on the Tri-Wing Encampment staff. She was the 2005 National Brewer Award Winner in the cadet category. She was a Trident Scholar at the Naval Academy. She is also an assistant coach for soccer at State College High.

Jackson completes basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Louis B. Jackson has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, core values, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

Jackson is the son of Beverley Jackson of Newport News, Va., and nephew of Debbie Bullock of Great Mills. In 2004, the airman graduated from Heritage High School in Newport News.

Boidock returns to academy

Midshipman Michael Robert Boidock of Valley Lee returned recently to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., where he is a student, after spending some months at sea aboard U.S. merchant vessels.

All students at the academy spend part of their sophomore and junior years at sea, gaining practical knowledge about the performance and operating characteristics of various types of merchant vessels. They become familiar with ocean trade and routes of the world.

The son of Col. and Mrs. Robert D. Boidock, he is a graduate of Leonardtown High School.

Among the countries that he visited were India, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Oman and Pakistan.

He was nominated to attend the academy by Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md., 5th).

Shonk graduates

Army Pvt. Jeffrey M. Shonk has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Shonk is the son of Tammy Karcher of Great Mills and the grandson of George Glenn of Lancaster, Ohio. He is a 2008 graduate of Great Mills High School.

ROTC assists in Veterans Day events

Army, Marine, Naval and Air Force ROTC units at the University of Kansas have announced the names of about 120 student members who took part in the traditional 24-hour Veterans Day vigils from 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 through 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Korean and Vietnam war memorials and World War II Memorial Campanile, all located along KU's Memorial Drive. Three area students who participated include Cody Tyler Smith of Great Mills who is a sophomore majoring in English, participating in Naval/Marine ROTC. He is the son of Kathleen Cecil and J. Edward Smith; Zachary Joseph Stansfield of Lexington Park who is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering, participating in Army ROTC, also participated in the event. Stansfield is the son of Curtis and Deborah Stansfield. Joshua Edmund Thomas of Lexington Park, a senior studying communications and participating in Naval/Marine ROTC also participated. He is the son of Steven Thomas.

All three students are graduates of Great Mills High School.

Heern graduates

Army Pvt. Jeffery M. Heern has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, tradition and core values and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills.

He is the son of Susan Heern of California.

Heern is a 2008 graduate of Leonardtown High School.