Families were a focus for Col. Dale Hall, chief of staff for the South Carolina National Guard, at the 2012 Veterans Day Observance held Friday at American Legion James Leroy Belk Post No. 17.
The 42nd annual Revolutionary War Field Days took place, Nov. 3-4, at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. Cannons announced each day's 1:30 p.m. "battle." Guests were treated to various activities including Colonial women demonstrating 18th century skills and blacksmiths working the forge. Scheduled events included a period fashion show, fife & drum concerts, artillery demonstrations and a discussion on cavalry during the Revolution.
Col. Dale Hall, chief of staff of the S.C. National Guard (SCNG) and a Camden native, will be the guest speaker for Camden's annual Veteran's Day event Friday at James Leroy Belk American Legion Post No. 17.
A resident of Lake Wateree since 1983 and a former member of the Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission, Donald Lang knows the local landscape well. He was involved in the placement of the original signage on the lake to help orientate boaters, and was also instrumental in the development of the Wateree Recreational Area installed by Shaw Air Force Base.
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Most of the young men and women serving in today's armed forces were children or teenagers on 9/11, watching the attacks on the World Trade Center on the news. The majority of their adult lives have since been forged by the nation's need for great men and women in uniform.
Capt. Dwight DeLoach, a Camden native, recently took command of Company C of the S.C. National Guard's (SCNG) 151st Expeditionary Signal Battalion headquartered in Camden. Capt. Octavious K. Baldwin transferred command to DeLoach during an Aug. 5 ceremony held at the Camden National Guard Armory on Ehrenclou Drive.
Joshua Croft, grandson of Mrs. Margie Hunter of Lugoff, recently completed officer field training at Maxwell Air Base in Montgomery, Ala.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Matthew S. Dylewski, son of Jeanne M. Chambers of Elgin, was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. He received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle.
Master Sgt. Ricky L. Whitehouse retired from the U.S. Air Force on July 20 after serving his country for 22 years.
Civilian Mark A. Provencher, son of Sherry and Richard Provencher of Lugoff, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Raleigh, N.C.
Great things are accomplished one task at a time by one American Legion Auxiliary member at a time: one offer of help to the wife of a deployed serviceman; one volunteer assisting with a community blood drive; one friendly invitation to another woman to join the Auxiliary. The efforts of our members add up to millions of hours and millions of dollars annually in service of the Auxiliary's mission. Those members whose extraordinary dedication energizes their units -- and thereby the organization as a whole -- are honored with the Unit Member of the Year Award.
Maj. (P) Jimmy W. Boan, son of Wayne and Ann Boan of Bethune, was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel within the Georgia Army National Guard. A promotion ceremony took place May 24 at Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Ga.
Billy Bell is a Korean War veteran who came home and began supporting his fellow veterans by joining the American Legion. For 19 of the many years since, he served as Kershaw County's Veterans Affair officer. He retired Jan. 1 and was honored by American Legion Post No. 17 -- of which he is a member -- in early April.
During nine weeks of training, Army Pvt. Devin W. Bracey studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness. He also received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, 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.
Lugoff native, 2nd Lt. Adam Truesdale was honored as a newly commissioned officer in the U.S. Army during a ceremony on Dec. 12 as part of Francis Marion University's Army ROTC program.
Each Nov. 11, a ceremony is held at the gravesite of U.S. Gen. John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing, commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War I. For the first time in Arlington National Cemetery's history, officials chose a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit to lay a wreath at Pershing's gravesite.
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