Military
Air Force Airman Brandon M. Batka, son of Andrew and Jessica Batka of Nunica, Mich., and Wayne and Christina Livingston of Bentleyville, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Batka is a 2013 graduate of Bentworth Senior High School.
Private Colton Gray, son of Shawn and Angela Gray of Washington, recently completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. During 10 weeks of training, Gray studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness. He received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises. He will begin additional training at Fort Huachuca in Arizona and attend California University of Pennsylvania in the spring. Gray is a 2014 graduate of Trinity High School.
Dakota K. Snyder, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, graduated from the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox, Ky. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve. Snyder is a son of Bobbi K. and John M. Snyder of Canonsburg. He is a 2011 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Luke D. Thompson, son of Lisa and John Thompson of Canonsburg, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Thompson earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is a 2010 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School.
Scott Day of Cary, N.C., son of Bob and Charlotte Day of Washington, has been promoted to major in the North Carolina National Guard. Day is a 1995 graduate of Trinity High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University and a master’s degree in trust and wealth management from Campbell University in North Carolina. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 and Kuwait in 2012. Day is a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant, and is an accounting manager in the global services division of IBM in Raleigh.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Lance Oskey, a 1993 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, was promoted to colonel during a ceremony in the Kara Alumni House at Cal U. Oskey began his military career in 1993 when the former ROTC cadet was commissioned a second lieutenant.
James H. Todd of Washington graduated from basic training in Fort Benning, Ga. His mother is Kimberly DeMotte of Washington. Todd is a senior at Trinity High School.
Samuel A. Lombardo has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg University. Lombardo will be branched to a specific corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve. He is a 2009 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School, and his parents are John and Debbie Lombardo of Canonsburg.
Ryan E. Walters has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg University. Walters will be branched to a specific corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve. He is a 2009 graduate of Greater Latrobe High School.
Army Pfc. Mark Workman, son of Ann Bell of Wind Ridge, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Workman is a 2008 graduate of Brownsville High School.
Army Pvt. Nicholas Brown has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Brown is a 2012 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School, and his parents are Patricia and Robert Brown of Canonsburg.
Jordan T. Lyon, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet at Penn State University, The Behrend College, Erie, has graduated from the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox, Ky. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve. Lyon is a 2011 graduate of Trinity High School, and his parents are Tom and Renee L. Lyon of Washington.
Air Force Airman Kayla M. Metott graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Metott’s parents are Beverly K. Sterling-Affinati and Dennis C. Affinati of Canonsburg and Ricky H. and Heidi G. Metott of Sandy Creek, N.Y. She is a 2011 graduate of Sackets Harbor Central School, Sackets Harbor, N.Y.
Army Spc. Colleen Reynolds has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Reynolds is a 2013 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, and her father is Edward Sager of Lancaster.
Army Pvt. Ryan Woods has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Woods is a 2011 graduate of Trinity High School, and his father is Fred Woods of Washington.
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