Spc Benjamin Tinkham - soldier in Afghanistan
is with the Ohio Army National Guard Reserves based out of St Marys.
Deployment is with the 37th IBCT as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom"
Ben lives in Willshire and graduated from Parkway in 2009.
His mom is Trisha Tinkham. 6-15-2012
Air Combat Command Systems Office help "CARE" for Abused Children
Army Reserve SGT Andrew Stahl Serving Our
Army Reserve Civil Affairs specialist, SGT Andrew Stahl, a member of the 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, Whitehall, Ohio, has been mobilized and activated for deployment to a forward operating base in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, until October of 2010.
Stahl is a 2005 graduate of Celina High School and has served in the military for five years.
BATTLE CO 2/205D ABN IN/A412 CA BN CATA4
APO AE 09354
Address for Christopher Thomas Lloyd
This is a new picture of Christopher Lloyd sent from this family.
below for his most recent address for sending mail and other items.
Former Rockford Resident Serving Our Country in the U. S. Army
His new address is:
Thomas Christopher Lloyd a 2008 Parkway graduate is in the Army
He would love to hear from everyone.
His new address is:
P F C Chris Lloyd
328 Castle Dr.
Ft. Bragg N. C. 28307
Chris will be home November 14th through November 28th for his block leave; then in DEC. 2009 he will deploy to Afghanistan . On March 13th 2009, he married Megan Cheek also a Parkway Graduate. He is stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and is in the 161st ESC 27th EN.BN.
Rockford Patrolman Now Studying in Europe as Army
Army Reserve Specialist Andrew Stahl, a member of the 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, Whitehall, Ohio, is currently attending The Partner Language Training Center, Europe (PLTCE), Garmisch, Germany. The Language Center is located at the George C Marshall Center for Security Studies.
The Marshall Center is a renowned international security and defense studies institute that promotes dialog and understanding among the nations of North America, Europe, Eurasia, and beyond.
The 412th Civil Affairs Battalion is one of the newest in the Army Reserves. Soldiers of the unit perform challenging missions such as humanitarian assistance, dislocated civilian operations, and routinely act as a liaison with the US Embassies, and other international organizations. The 412th's mission is to stop or curtail expansion of terrorism and all
that it implies throughout the world.
Specialist Stahl is attending a 10 week course and will return home for a week in September before deploying to Iraq.
Specialist Stahl is a 2005 graduate of Celina High School, a 2008 graduate of Vantage Police Academy, a current senior at THE Ohio State University majoring in Intelligence and Security, and a Patrolman for the Rockford Police Department.
Abbea Hoehamer Completes Basic Training for Coast Guard
Abbea Hoehamer graduated from the United States Coast Guard basic training on November 7th, 2008. She did her basic training at Cape May, New Jersey. She is a 2008 graduate of Parkway High School. Abbea is the daughter of Robert Hoehamer and Marilyn Long all of Rockford.
Abbea is stationed at Frankfort, Michigan. She would enjoy hearing from all her friends. Her address is: P.O. Box 99 Frankfort, Michigan 49635.
Hoehamer Sworn into U.S. Coast Guard, Accepting
Hoehamer was sworn into the U.S. Coast Guard on September 16th. Abbea
World War II Veteran, Local Man Darrell Ralston Takes Honor Flight
Each man received and wore a T-shirt that read: If you can read this, thank a teacher; If you can read this in English, thank a Veteran!
World War II Veteran Darrell Ralston, 87, recently took a memorable air flight on Saturday, July 11, 2009, as part of the Honor Flight program that flies veterans to Washington DC for a tour of the capitol of the USA and in particular to see the World War II monument erected 63 years after the war ended.
Darrell, a former resident of Rockford and now living in Celina, was born and raised in the Rockford area on a homestead farm.
COMPLETELY FREE to veterans, the flight is unique and popular. The motto is “Veterans have paid enough already!” Outside donations come in the form of fund-raisers by any groups who feel compelled to support the $10,000 price tag per group flight.
Honor Flight was founded as a non-profit organization in Springfield, Ohio in 2005, by Earl Morse. Morse, an air force veteran, flew his veteran father to DC to see his own Viet Nam Memorial. He soon learned that many other veterans were wanting to go see their memorials as well. A priority was set for the oldest living veterans, and now April through November sees a steady stream of groups of veterans and “guardian” volunteers who pay $250 for the privilege of accompanying their own personal veteran for the day, most in wheel chairs. Darrell is a spry 87 (he is still an avid golfer) and walked nearly the entire day, but at Arlington Cemetery he took a ride. “The gradual walkway uphill started to wear me out,” he said.
Marine Corporal Binning
Stationed in South Carolina
The Shrider family wishes to share the name and address of son-in-law, Adam Binning, a graduate of Parkway High School that left for Iraq 9/26/08. Adam has been in the marines for 5 years, is married to Kelly Shrider who also graduated from Parkway High School with the class of 2003. Adam & Kelly lived in Hawaii then he was re-stationed to Beaufort SC.
Please write to:
Cpl Binning Adam M
eng co he plt.
|Kyle Randall has returned from his 14-month deployment to Iraq. He will now be in Ft. Drum, New York, to continue his career in the U.S. Army. 10-31-2008|
|Robert Roehm Promoted to
Robert joined the U.S. Marines in 2006, and his parents are Roland and Teresa Roehm of Willshire. He is also the brother of Rebekah Roehm.
Robert has a new rank as of October 2007. He has earned a promotion to sergeant!
He is still located in North Carolina, and you may write to Robert at this address:
CPL Roehm, Robert L.
|PFC Bryttany Heitkamp Continues Training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii|
Kyle Randall ~ Enjoys hearing from people back home!
Kyle Randall is serving in the U. S. Army in the 10th Mountain Division. He is currently deployed to Iraq. He has been there since September of '07 and will finish his deployment in November of '08. He enjoys hearing from family and friends back home.
His address is:
Women of the Rockford Legion Post Sent Packages to Our Local Men and Women in the Military
Pictured at the left
are the women that helped do the care package project: Kris Black, Deb
Temple, Teresa Heiser and Beth Crider. According to Kris, the
Legion Women are done until September when they will start fund raising
to do Christmas boxes for our local military men and women. "We
had a good time raising the money and thanks to everyone in the
community that supported us and the project. Please continue to help us
by keeping us updated on the current addresses on the troops. A special
thanks go out to the ladies that brought up the coffee cans. We'll use
them at Christmas to pack cookies. Decided not to do that this time
around. Money for mailing the packages and items of use to our
troops will be accepted again in September," said Kris.
|Please drop an encouraging line to these brave
men. Send servicemen addresses to
The Rockford American Legion is preparing "care" packages to go to our local servicemen and servicewomen from the Rockford, Mendon and Willshire areas. Who do you know that could use a care surprise ~ a son, a daughter, a grandchild, a wife or husband, a neighbor or friend? Please email your names and addresses of those serving to the Parkway Independent by using this address email@example.com . Or contact the Rockford Legion members on Bridge Street in Rockford. And remember that they are taking up collections of items to send.
Former Rockford Resident Flies with the JSTARS
Soldiers team with combat aircrews to engage enemy
|Rockford Resident, Jeff Pontsler, Shares Military Packaging Information for Mailing|
Rockford Resident, Jeff Pontsler, shares his experience with USPS
packaging Information for mailing items to someone in the military.
"We've tried this service ourselves: it was easy to use; the USPS
customer service agent we dealt with was courteous and efficient, and we
were supplied with a customer ID number to expedite the process of
ordering additional supplies. (This offer includes only packing
materials - senders who use these materials still have to pay the
requisite postage themselves.)"
Jeff said, "The USPS (United States Postal Service) has a program for military family members and friends to supply them with packaging materials to send packages to troops overseas. If you call 1-800-610-8734 and select option # 1, Ask them for the "Military pack" they will send you boxes, tape, packaging materials and labels. They will also give you an I.D. number so if your supply runs low, you just call them up and they'll send you more supplies. The materials take about
four to ten days to receive. I don't know if any of you have mailed any packages lately, but if you go to UPS Store etc., they will charge you.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) will supply for free, to anyone who asks, specially packaged Priority Mail supplies for shipping "care kits" to members of the U.S. military stationed overseas. Each supply kit includes
4 Priority Mail Flat-Rate "shoe box"-type shipping boxes
6 Priority Mail Flat-Rate "garment box"-type shipping boxes
10 Priority Mail labels
1 roll of Priority Mail tape
10 customs forms with envelopes
(The contents of the supply kits changes from time to time and sometimes includes other items, such as water-resistant Tyvek Priority Mail envelopes and Priority Mail address labels. Most of these items are ordinarily furnished for free to customers by the USPS.)
To obtain a free kit of shipping supplies, simply call the USPS' packing supplies order line at 1-800-610-8734, select option #1 ("Express Mail, Priority Mail or Global Express Guaranteed products"), and ask a customer
service agent for CAREKIT04 (or a "military kit"). You need supply only your name, address, and phone number, and they'll get a kit off to you that should arrive within 7-10 days.
The USPS also offers a http://www.usps.com/supportingourtroops/ page on their web site with links to guidelines for packing, addressing, and shipping items to U.S. troops.
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