Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
E-mail this article
Leave a Comment
Print this Article

by Lorin Buck

Staff Writer

During National Fire Prevention Week, Greenspring retirement community donated $10,000 to Station 22 of the Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department. The gift, presented Oct. 12, is Greenspring’s thank you to the station for its service to the community.

“We are so grateful to have the support of Station 22,” said Robin Gliboff, Greenspring’s executive director. “The station provides first-rate service to our community, and we are delighted to be able to support some of their needs with this contribution.”

The money will fund new equipment, office supplies and station improvements, including repainting the station’s facade and adding garage signage indicating the positions of response vehicles.

Most of the money will go to purchase new exercise and fitness equipment for the station — lockers, locker room benches, upright fans, kettle balls, a rowing machine, stretching bands, weights and multiple-use machines for strength building.

“This is not the first time Greenspring has helped our department,” said Blake Payne, Station 22 Fire Chief. “Our firefighters are able to relax on some nice couches … that were given to us by Greenspring approximately five years ago.”

“We are there to support the residents of Greenspring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,” Payne said. “It’s comforting to know that Greenspring is there for us as well.”

The Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department is a member of the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department. GSVFD volunteers provide staffing to engines, trucks and medic units.

Military salutes

Army Col. Shelley Balderson has graduated from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks in Carlisle, Pa., and earned a master's degree in strategic studies. The college is the Army's senior educational institution.

Balderson is the deputy chief of staff assigned to the Initial Military Training Center of Excellence at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. She has served in the military for 25 years.

A 1981 graduate of Oakton High School, Balderson received a bachelor's degree in 1985 from Ferrum College. She also earned a master's degree in 1999 from Webster University, St Louis, Mo. She is the daughter of Fred Phillips and stepdaughter of Sami Phillips of Sarasota, Fla.

ź Francis Rechner, a 2012 graduate of Chantilly High School, has been awarded an Air Force ROTC scholarship to attend a host college or university. High school seniors from across the United States are selected after a competitive application process based on test scores, scholastic achievement, school officials' evaluations, extra-curricular activities and community involvement.

Upon graduating from college and completing the ROTC program, the cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force.

Rechner is the son of Frank and Daphne Rechner of Chantilly.

ź Air Force Airmen Jeffrey Merrill, Joel Weems, Mackenzie Cowper and Laura Liming; Air Force Airmen 1st Class Heather Sullivan, David Duston, Robert Valentine, Princess Harvey and David Choi; and Air National Guard Airman Shane Criqui have graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in 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.

Merrill, a 2009 graduate of Robinson Secondary School, is the son of Brian and Brenda Merrill of Hannawa Falls, N.Y.

Weems, a 2011 graduate of Westfield High School, is the son of Towana Vance of Fairfax.

Cowper, a 2010 graduate of Schenectady Christian School, Scotia, N.Y., is the daughter of Terry Cowper of Herndon.

Liming, a 2008 graduate of Randolph Macon Academy, Front Royal, is the daughter of Amy Liming and Bruce Liming, both of Springfield.

Sullivan, a 2008 graduate of Orange County High School, is the daughter of Mark Sullivan of Falls Church and Bethany Sullivan of Orange.

Duston, a 2008 graduate of Fairfax High School, is the son of Tim Duston of Fairfax.

Valentine, a 2003 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, is the son of Robert Valentine of Alexandria. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2009 from Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania.

Harvey, a 2011 graduate of West Potomac High School, is the daughter of Regina High of Alexandria.

Choi earned distinction as an honor graduate. A 2008 graduate of James Madison High School, he is the son of Yang Choi of Houston, Texas.

Criqui, a 2011 graduate of Harker Heights High School, Texas, is the son of Anita Criqui of Fort Belvoir.

ź Army Pfc. Taneia Paul, Army Pfc. Jay Lee, Army Pvt. Katrice Valentine, Army National Guard Spec. Doubacoro Ballo and Army National Guard Pvt. Nicholas Rocha have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

Paul, a 2010 graduate of Baker High School, Mobile, Ala., is the daughter of Latonya Rountree of Annandale and James Paul of Marion, Ark.

Lee, a 2002 graduate of Westfield High School, is the son of Steven Lee of Centreville

Valentine, a 2011 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, is the daughter of Antwoine Valentine of Fort Belvoir.

Ballo, who earned a bachelor's degree in 2005 from Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Ark., is the son of Karamoku Ballo of Reston.

Rocha, a 2009 graduate of Westfield High School, is the son of Mike Rocha of Centreville.

ź Army Pvt. Benjamin Seger has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. Seger, a 2007 graduate of Oakton High School, is the son of Pamela and Marc Seger of Vienna.

University honors McLean man

Jim Fabiani of McLean was recently honored by Trine University during the Angola, Ind., school’s homecoming festivities, for his outstanding leadership as vice chair in directing the board the past four years.

Fabiani, founder of Fabiani & Co. of Washington, D.C., the country’s largest government relations firm, completed his term earlier this month.

Under Fabiani’s leadership, Trine has been recognized as the fastest-growing private institution in Indiana, the number of resident students has nearly tripled and the number of adults working toward degrees in the School of Professional Students continues to rise.

Volunteers needed to sponsor families for the holidays

Our Daily Bread, a Fairfax-based nonprofit, seeks volunteers from the community to sponsor needy Fairfax County-area residents for Thanksgiving meals, December holiday meals and gifts for children in December. This is a project that can be taken on by families, co-workers and other groups.

Donations are also welcome to purchase gift cards for families who are not sponsored.

Thousands of individuals and families are referred for assistance through Our Daily Bread’s Holiday Program each year. To register to be a sponsor, visit For more, call 703-273-8829 or email