Protecting Our Nation

©2003 Homer Index

by Mike Warner

We proudly recognize our local servicemen and women

CPO Ross Dodes

As per brother Scott, recently promoted to Chief Petty Officer.

CPO Ross Dodes, son of Sandy and the late Ron Dodes, has been in the Navy since August 1987. He had basic training at Great Lakes and schooling in Millington, Tennessee. He has been stationed in Diego Garcia (AIMD), Iceland (VP26), Maine (VP8 and VP23), Detroit (recruiting), Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Colombia, Ecua-dor, Panama, Philippines and Texas. He is trained to repair the skins and structure of airplanes.

Cpl. David Patrick
Cpl. David Patrick, a 2000 graduate of Homer High School, is currently serving with the United States Marine Corps as a combat engineer for the 7th ESB B-Company, stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. He was recently deployed to the Kuwaiti region. Patrick, 20, is the son of Dave and Abby Patrick of Homer and Mark and Dawn Popa of Florida. Anyone wishing to send cards or write letters of support may send them to: Corporal Patrick, David A./USMC, HQ 7th ESB B-Company, UIC 42335, FPO AP 96426-2335
Cpl. Kyle Wildt
Cpl. Kyle James Wildt, a 1998 graduate of Litchfield High School, is currently a senior at Spring Arbor University. Wildt is a U.S. Marine Corps reservist who was moved to active duty February 27. He has been in the Marine Corps for four-and-a-half years. He was set to be married to Karen Howell, a 1999 graduate of Springport High School (also a senior at Spring Arbor University) September 13. When he learned of his activation he and Howell were married February 25 and he reported for duty the 27. Wildt is with the 4th Division, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, Co. C., with current destination unknown. Wildt is the son of Darcy Wildt of Lansing and James and Linda Kay Wildt of Litchfield.

L.Cpl. James Williams
L.Cpl. James Williams, son of Dalice and Janet Williams of Litchfield, is currently serving in Kuwait as water superintendent for the United States Marine Corps. He is a 2002 graduate of Litchfield High School. Cards or letters may be sent to: LCpl. James Williams 378948081, Eng. Supt. Co. 6th ESB 4th F556 (Water), UIC 42403, FPO AP 96426-2403.


S.Sgt. Lonny Koons
S.Sgt. Lonny Koons is currently serving with A Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment (MECHANIZED), Fort Hood, Texas, as a dismount squad leader. He is the son of William and Marlene Koons of Homer and is married to the former Kris Gottschalk of North Branch. The couple has three children: Emily, Autumn and William. Koons is currently preparing to attend Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
S.Sgt. Jerry Reynolds
S.Sgt. Jerry L. Reynolds, son of Jerry Reynolds and Ruth McMullen, both of Litchfield, is stationed in Germany with his wife Chasity and their children, Kayla and Kyle. Reynolds, 31, has been in the Army for 14 years. He may be contacted at HHD 709th Military Police, Hanau Legal Center (JAG) CANR 470 Box 2139 APO-AE 09165.
S.Sgt. James E. Russell
S.Sgt. James E. Russell, Jr., a member of the United States Air Force, is the son of Jim and April Russell and Ron and Helen Miller, all of Homer. He has two sisters, Jennifer Russell of Homer and Jessica Russell of Hillsdale. He and his wife Rebecca have a daughter, Elizabeth Jade, and they reside at Pope A.F.B. in North Carolina. Russell's unit is the 380 ELRS/ATOC (Air Terminal Operations Center). He is currently in the Middle East region in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch. This is his second deployment to the region. His job is load planning, loading and offloading of military cargo planes. He has been in the service for six years. He graduated from Homer High School in 1992. Russell's grandparents are Don and Nora Russell of Tekonsha and Hilaria Luna and the late Rudy Luna of Marshall. He may be contacted by e-mail at or by mail at: Ssgt. James E. Russell, Jr., 380 ELRS/ATOC, APO AE 09316.
Cadet Kathryn Pinter
Cadet Kathryn Pinter, a 1998 graduate of Litchfield High School, is set to graduate from Western Michigan University in April with a BS degree in education, with a secondary math major and a science minor. She has been a member of the ROTC since 1999 and with the Army National Guard in Grand Ledge from 2000-03. Pinter is presently a Cadet and is to be commissioned as  a 2nd Lieutenant April 26. She has been accepted to Rotor Wing flight school at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, to become a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. She is the daughter of John and Ruth Pinter of Litchfield.
L.Cpl. Boston Blair
L.Cpl. Boston Lee Blair, 19, of Jonesville (formerly of Litch-field), is currently stationed in Kuwait City, Kuwait. He has been in service for 18 months. He is the son of Billy and Amber (Beattie) Blair and the brother of Amanda Blair, all of Jonesville. Grandparents are Bill and Sue Blair of Albion and Steve and Opal Morgan of Litchfield. Aunts and uncles are Tim and Lisa Howell of Homer, Scott and Kim Shiery of  Albion, Dane and Teresa Fogg of Homer and Shane Morgan of Litchfield.
Ens. Paul Salvette
Ens. Paul Albert Salvette, 22,  of Ann Arbor, joined the United States Navy after graduation from UCLA in the spring of 2002.
Now at Nuclear Engineering Training in South Carolina, he will be assigned as a nuclear engineering officer on a nuclear powered aircraft carrier or submarine after completion of his training. His parents are John and Emily Salvette of Ann Arbor. Grandparents are Clayton and Monica Hopp of Homer. Great-grandmother is Louise Williams of Homer.
Pfc. Franklin Hubbard
Pfc. Franklin Hubbard is a 1999 Litchfield High School graduate who is serving in the 101st Airborne presently stationed in Kuwait. He is the son of Steve and Arlean Hubbard. Cards and letters may be sent to PFC Hubbard, ACO 3-327 INS, Unit 96028, APO AE 09325-6028.
1st Lt. John Pinter II
1st Lt. John Michael Pinter, II, a 1997 graduate of Litchfield High School, was a student at the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in June 2001 with a BS in civil engineering. He is a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and serves as Fire Directional Officer with B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas, and is currently being deployed to the Middle East. He has had multiple deployments, including National Training Center in the Mojave Desert, Fort Irwin, California and Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He is the son of John and Ruth Pinter of Litchfield.
A1C Brock Beebe
Airman 1st Class Brock T. Beebe graduated from Homer High School in 2001 and joined the Air Force in June of the same year. Beebe is an Avionics Technician for F-16 Aircraft and is now stationed at Kuwait Air  Force Base, where he received Airman of the Month for his squad. His wife, Sarah, is awaiting his return at Clovis Air Force Base in New Mexico. Beebe is the son of Scott and Diane Beebe, son-in-law of Ray and Brenda Wirebaugh, grandson of Keith and Geraldine Scholttman, all of Homer, and grandson of Lee and Rose Beebe of Marshall.
L.Cpl. James Hyde
L.Cpl. James Hyde, son of Larry and Portia Hyde of Homer, is currently stationed at Camp LeJeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, awaiting deployment. He is a 1998 graduate of Homer High School and earned an associate degree in automotive technology through the Chrysler Apprenticeship Pro-gram from Ferris State University. He joined the United States Marine Corps in April 2001. He is a member of the 3rd Battalion, Sixth Marines, H&S Co., Motor Transport, 2nd Marine Division. His primary duties are to maintain and repair military vehicles. Cards or letters may be sent to: LCpl. James D. Hyde, 3rd BN 6th Marines H&S Co. MT, 2nd MARDIV, Camp LeJeune, NC 28542.
Sgt. E-5 Early Jones
Sgt. E-5. Early P. Jones, son of Jack and Pat Jones of Litchfield, has been with the National Guard Unit out of Jackson for the past eight years and is currently deployed with the 1460th Transportation Co. out of Midland. He is stationed at Ft. McCoy in Wisconsin. Early has a 14-month-old son, Shane Michael Patrick, whose mother is Mia. Other relatives include two brothers, Rob (Sarah) Jones and family, and Adam Jones, a 16-year veteran, who is stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the naval base; a grandmother, Marjorie Harris of Litchfield; and aunts and uncles from the Litchfield, Concord and Hillsdale area. Early is a 1995 graduate of Litchfield High School. Cards and letters may be sent to: Sgt. E-5 Early P. Jones, 1460th Trans. Co., 1654 South 11th Ave., Ft. McCoy, WI 54656-5125.


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