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 (Updated:17Junl2018 - listed alphabetically) 

Downes, Patrick
Army Lt. Col. Patrick M. Downes  has retired from the U.S. Army after serving honorably for 25 years. Downes was last serving as Operations Research Systems Analysis Division Chief with United States Army Africa, Caserma Ederle, Italy. Downes is the son of Patrick J. and Joanne M. Downes of Wyckoff, N.J. He is a 1989 graduate of Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell, N.J. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1993 from United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

Estrella, Danelyz
U.S. Air Force Airman Danelyz Estrella graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Estrella is the daughter of Sandy A. Estrella of Pough Keepsie, N.Y., and Daly I. Ocinaldi of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. She is a 2015 graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.


Gaudette, Kathryn
Kathryn E. Gaudette has graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. The graduate received a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.    Gaudette is the daughter of Betty and Bill Gaudette of New Paltz, N.Y. She is a 2014 graduate of New Paltz High School, New Paltz, N.Y. 

Haines, Zakari
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Zakari A. Haines graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Haines is the nephew of Allison and Bruce Griffing of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He is a 2014 graduate of Spackenkill High School, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.


Hodges, Taylor
Air Force 2nd Lt. Taylor M. Hodges 2d Lt Taylor Hodges has completed her first semester of study at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University and is well on the way to becoming a Air Force physician. Last summer, Ms. Hodges took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and was commissioned as a 2d Lt in exchange for tuition free medical education at the Uniformed Services University. Upon completing her course of study, 2d Lt Hodges will go on for additional training in a graduate medical education program followed by seven years of service as an active duty Air Force physician. She is currently serving as Medical Student with Medical Student, Andrews, Md. 

Hodges is the daughter of Joann and Timothy Hodges of Nanuet, N.Y., and granddaughter of Marie and Michael Killeen of Pearl River, N.Y. She graduated in 2013 from Pearl River High School, Pearl River, N.Y., and earned a bachelor's degree in 2017 from SaintBonaventure University, Olean, N.Y.


Kirnan, Fiona
U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Fiona A. Kirnan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.Kirnan is the daughter of Veronica and William Kirnan of Walden, N.Y. She is a 2017 graduate of Valley Central High School, Montgomery, N.Y.


Lugo, Alexandra
U.S. Air Force Airman Alexandra Lugo graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Lugo is the daughter of Lourdes Gonzales and sister of Edward Lugo of Hudson, N.Y. She is a 2017 graduate of Hudon High School, Hudson, N.Y.


McEneaney, Ashley
Ashley R. McEneaney has graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. The graduate received a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.    McEneaney is the daughter of Carol L. and Brian J. McEneaney of Monticello, N.Y. She is a 2014 graduate of Monticello High School, Monticello, N.Y. 


Nivelo, Joselyn
U.S. Air Force Airman Joselyn V. Nivelo graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Nivelo is the daughter of Luis Nivelo and Sarita Concha of Spring Valley, N.Y. She is a 2014 graduate of Spring Valley High School, Spring Valley, N.Y.

Parchen, Michael
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael A. Parchen graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Parchen is the son of Denise Parchen of Bronx, N.Y., and Edward Parchen of Palmer Lake, Colo. He is a 2013 graduate of Walter Panas High School, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2017 from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Reed, Colin
U.S. Air Force Airman Colin G. Reed graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Reed is the son of Victoria and Brian Reed of Port Jervis, N.Y. He is a 2016 graduate of Minisink Valley High School, Slate Hill, N.Y.

Reimers, Eric
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Eric Reimers graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Reimers is the son of Doreen and Charles Reimers of Saugerties, N.Y., brother of Jason Reimers of Troy, N.Y., and husband of Megan Reimers of Danbury, Conn. He is a 2007 graduate of Saugerties Junior Senior High School, Saugerties, N.Y. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2010 from Suny College at Oneonta, Oneonta, N.Y.

Rutkoski, Michael
U.S. Air Force Airman Michael J. Rutkoske graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Rutkoske is the son of Michael and Melissa Rutkoske of Beacon, N.Y. He is a 2017 graduate of Beacon High School, Beacon, N.Y.


Syvertsen, Erik

A Cornwall, New York, native and 2008 Cornwall Central High School graduate is serving in Japan in the U.S. Navy aboard one of the forward-deployed mine countermeasures ship, USS Patriot.  Lt.j.g Erik Syvertsen is a surface warfare officer aboard the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship, operating out of Sasebo, Japan. The ship routinely deploys to protect alliances, enhance partnerships, and be ready to respond if a natural disaster occurs in the region.

A Navy surface warfare officer is involved in virtually every aspect of Navy missions. Antisubmarine warfare, anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, land attack, theatre air missile defense, support for Marine Corps and Navy Special Warfare (SEAL) missions, communications, damage control, and shipboard management all rely on the knowledge and expertise of Officers in the Surface Warfare community

Syvertsen is proud to serve in the Pacific and fondly recalls memories of Cornwall.

“The value of hard work and friendship is what I bring to the Navy from my hometown,” said Syvertsen. “The best part of being a surface warfare officer is the travel and getting to have new experiences.”

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Syvertsen and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.  “Serving in the Navy is a good way to pay it forward,” said Syvertsen.


Wyman, Jack
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jack B. Wyman graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Wyman is the son of Corrine and Daniel Wyman of Highlandmills, N.Y. He is a 2016 graduate of Monroe Woodbury High School, Central Valley, N.Y.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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