Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th Dist.) has announced his district’s appointments to the nation’s service academies, as well as those selected for academy prep schools. The 10th District includes all of Clarke, Frederick, Loudoun and Warren counties, the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Winchester, and portions of Fairfax, Fauquier and Prince William counties.
These students from Fairfax County have been selected to be part of the Class of 2018.
• U.S. Air Force Academy: James Lynch of Fairfax Station, Robinson Secondary School.
• U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: Dominic Adase of Springfield, West Springfield High School; and Erik Swayne of Great Falls, Langley High School.
• U.S. Military Academy: Sarah Beougher of McLean, McLean High School; Sara Emsley of Centreville, Virginia Tech; Daniel Hecht of Vienna, McLean; Eric Hsu of McLean, Langley; Megan McNulty of Centreville, Westfield High School; Gretchen Roesel of McLean, Langley; David Senft II of McLean, Bishop Ireton High; David Symmes of Fairfax Station, South County High School; and Melissa Ziegler of Centreville, U.S. Military Academy Prep School.
• U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School: David Jaquish of Fairfax Station, Trinity Christian School; and David Mitchell of Great Falls, Landon School.
• U.S. Naval Academy: Ingrid Boyum of Herndon, Madeira School; Lourania Oliver of Clifton, Flint Hill High School; Margaret Ruud of Fairfax Station, Lake Braddock High School; Matthew Skowronski of Oak Hill, Gonzaga College High School; Michelle Tran of Centreville, Chantilly High School; Taylor Yohe of Springfield, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; and Tyler Zimmerman of McLean, Langley.
The Oakton-based Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded a grant of $33,000 to the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County. The funds will help the Maryland nonprofit bring its successful Serving Together program to Northern Virginia, to make life easier for military families.
In its 2014 study, “Supporting Our Region’s Veterans,” the Community Foundation identified a need for greater coordination between government and nonprofit providers to better serve military families in North Virginia. “Serving Together” will directly address that need.
In Montgomery County, Serving Together works to transform a fragmented network of services for military veterans and their families to one that rallies the entire community in identifying those in need, connecting them in a coordinated way to economic, health, housing and education services. The program promotes collaboration among providers, and helps veterans find services through a Web resource and peer navigators.
“We believe those who have served our country have earned the right to easily accessible local services, and we look forward to digging into the resources in Northern Virginia and connecting with local community partners to get the work done,” said Jessica Fuchs, Serving Together project director.
For more, email Lesley MacDonald at Lesley.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year the Bull Run Civil War Round Table awards a scholarship to an accomplished student from Fairfax or Prince William counties. This year’s recipient of the $1,000 scholarship is Caroline Howard of Woodbridge. A graduate of Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Howard will attend the College of William and Mary this fall. She said she hopes to serve her country as a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue pilot after college.
The Bull Run Civil War Round Table meets and presents historical lectures, free to the public, at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive. For more, visit www.bullruncwrt.org.
• Lt. Col. Justin Swanson 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.
Swanson, an interagency planner on the Joint Staff in Suffolk, has served in the military for 25 years. He is the husband of Donna Swanson of Springfield.
• Army Sgt. 1st Class Desyouth Spence attended the Paralegal Warrior Training Course at Fort McCoy, Wis. This class trains paralegal soldiers from the ranks of private to master sergeant to support legal operations of the reserve components of the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve and the U.S. Army National Guard.
Spence is serving as chief paralegal noncommissioned officer with Mission Intelligence Readiness Command at Fort Belvoir.
• Remso Martinez has enrolled in the Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program, a two-year accelerated program for students who meet the criteria to receive associate degrees and be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard. They then must complete their bachelor’s degrees at a four-year college.
Martinez, son of Remso and Kimberly Martinez of Clifton, is a 2013 graduate of Centreville High School.
• Kelsey Riley and Connor Rowell have graduated from the Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as “Operation Warrior Forge,” at Fort Knox in Kentucky. Upon successful completion of the course and the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard or Reserve.
Riley, daughter of Thomas Riley of Fairfax Station, is a 2011 graduate of Woodson High School.
Rowell, a 2011 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, is a student at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.
• Air Force airmen 1st Class Stefanie Nakoneczny, Matthew Norwood and Jonathan Schnaubelt, U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Abigail Turner, and Air Force airmen Brian Allen, Ray Melinie, Christian Walker and Keva Walker have graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland 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.
Nakoneczny is the daughter of Nina Nakoneczny of Alexandria.
Norwood, a 2007 graduate of West Springfield High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Schnaubelt, son of Kurt Schnaubelt of Centreville and Denise Dill of Dawsonville, Ga., earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from the University of Georgia, Athens.
Turner is the daughter-in-law of Anneliese Turner of Fairfax.
Allen, son of Pamela Matthews of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Frank Allen of Sterling, is a 2009 graduate of South County Secondary School.
Melinie is the son of Ray Melinie of Fort Belvoir.
Christian Walker is a 2014 graduate of Centreville High School.
Keva Walker is the daughter of Kevin Walker of Lorton and Cynthia Walker of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
• Army Pfcs. Phillip Dunegan and Eric Simmons have graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.
Dunegan, son of Phillip Dunegan Sr. of Washington, D.C., and Sybill Terry of Manassas, is a 2008 graduate of Centreville High School.
Simmons, son of Patrick and Suzanne Simmons of Phenix City, Ala., is a 2011 graduate of Chantilly High School.
• Army Pfcs. Jack Melton and Gabrielle Moore and Army Pvt. Tamisha Crews have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
Melton, son of Andy Melton of Clifton, is a 2012 graduate of Centreville High School. Moore, daughter of Gregory Moore of Washington, D.C., is a 2010 graduate of West Potomac High School.
Crews, daughter of Christina Crews of Alexandria, is a 2010 graduate of West Potomac High School.