Military Contacts with ties to McCulloch

A continuing list of Service men and women with ties to McCulloch County. Airman 1st Class Wes W. Virdell United States Air Force Wes is an Electronic Missile Technician. He was trained at Vandenberg AFB, California and is currently stationed at F.E. Warren AFB, Cheyenne, Wyoming. He performs electronic maintenance on Peacekeeper and Minuteman III Missiles at Wyoming, Nebraska, & Colorado Missile silos. He is the son of Terry and Terri Virdell of Brady. His address is: Wes W. Virdell, P.O. Box 21094, Cheyenne, Wyo. 82003. Lt. Col. John V. (Vic) White, United States Air Force Vic is a native of El Paso and a graduate of Texas A&M University, class of 1980, with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He began his active duty service at Mather AFB in July 1980, when he reported for navigator training. Vic flew B-52s as a navigator and then a radar bombardier while stationed at Robins AFB, GA and Fairchild AFB, WA. While stationed at Fairchild, his crew won the international bombing competition and was named top radar in the Air Force. From there he was assigned to Dyess AFB as one of the first radar instructors on the B-1. In 1992, he reported to the 49th Test Squadron , Barksdale AFB, La. as bomber test director. His next assignment took him to ACC headquarters at Langley AFB, Va. to work with nuclear weapons issues. He is currently assigned to Kirtland AFB, New Mex. as Air Force Deputy Commander of the Joint GPS Test Unit. He is married to Connie Beaman, daughter of Douglas and Dorthy Beaman of Voca. They have one daughter and two sons, who are now residing at Albuquerque, New Mex. H H H Ssgt. Troy J. Colen United States Air Force Troy is a 13-year veteran in the United States Air Force. Since joining the Air Force, he has been stationed at Eglin A.F.B. in Florida, Bitburg, Germany and currently at Cannon A.F.B. in Clovis, New Mex. He is in the civil engineering division. During Operation Desert Storm he was sent to Turkey to help with the setup of bases there. In September 2001, he was sent to Bahrain to help set up the tent city for the troops that are there now. Troy will soon be sent to Shepherd A.F.B. in Wichita Falls, Tex. as an instructor in his field. Troy has a wife, Kathrin, and a one-year-old son, Jarod. Troy is the son of Tommy and Treva Colen of Brady. Navy Airman Jerry Estes United States Navy Jerry, an E-3, is the 19 year-old son of Bobby and Peggy Estes of Brady. He joined the Navy in September, 2001. He is stationed in Norfolk, Va. His ship is the USS Eisenhower. Jerry is still stateside, but is expecting to be deployed overseas at any minute. His address is: Jerry Estes, 100 Spanish Trail, 146 D. Cordoba, Hampton, Va., 23669. H H H Navy Seaman George Karnes, Jr. United States Navy George is an E-2 in the Navy. He is 19 years-old. His parents are Mack and Debra Karnes. George joined the military in May, 2002. He is stationed in Norfolk, Va. at the present time, but could be deployed soon. His ship is the USS Trinton. His mailing address: George Karnes, Jr., 100 Spanish Trail, 146 Cordoba, Hampton, Va. 23669. H H H Corporal Daniel W. Virdell United States Marines 81 MM Mortorman, 3rd Platoon, 3rd Marines, Infantry Division Daniel was trained at Camp Pendleton, California and is currently stationed at Marine Corps Base, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii He is a squad leader for 81 MM Mortorman. His travel includes Okinawa, Phillipines, South Korea, and Mount Fuji. He is the son of Terry and Terri Virdell of Brady. His address is Corporal Virdell, Daniel, 3/3 WPNS C o. MCBH, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 96863. H H H Navy Airman Nickalus D. Jones United States Navy Nick is a 1999 graduate of Jack Yates High School in Houston. He joined the Navy August 1, 2001 and is an Aircraft Mechanic Specialist and a member of the VFA 102 Unit 60126 at Naval Air Station in LeMoore, Calif., where he is currently stationed. Nick is the son of Nathaniel Puddin and Nellie Jones, Jr. and the grandson of Ida Mae Jones and the late Nathaniel Puddin Jones. H H H Lance Corporal Adrian L. Jones United States Marines Adrian is a 2000 graduate of Brady High School. He was trained at Camp Pendleton, Calif. and is currently stationed in Kuwait. Adrian is serving in the 9th Comm. Batallion Service Company (transportation). Adrian spoke with his mother on the phone Wednesday night (March 19) at 12:30 a.m., our time, 9:30 a.m. Kuwait time. Special phone lines were set up for the military persons to be able to phone their families just in case communication lines were shut down or destroyed. Adrian was very upbeat and he wanted his family to know he was safe and was doing fine. He also stated for everyone here at home to keep the emails and letters flowing, and especially the prayers. Adrian relayed that it was very uplifting and also it seemed to pump up the company he is in to receive any type of mail or correspondence in support of what they are doing and just basically hearing from someone at home. Adrian is the son of Curtis and Christine Patterson and grandson of Mrs. Ida Mae Jones and the late Nathaniel Puddin Jones. Adrian’s address is: LCPL Jones, Adrian L. 1 MHG 9th Comm. Bn. Svc. Co. UIC 43616 FPO AP 96613-3613 Email is: ssjones_4@yahoo.com H H H Third Class Petty Officer Christopher Lee Gonzales United States Navy Christopher is the son of Martha C. and Alphonse Dotson and brother to Michael B. and Alyosha D., from Voca. Christopher lived in Voca for two years. His desire was to become an air craft serviceman. This moved him to join the U.S. Navy in 1999. He graduated from boot camp in Great Lakes, IL. and went straight to the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Fla. as an honor graduate. As a proud Navy officer, he simply said this about his job, “I am going to protect my country and its people, this is what I have been trained for and it’s the job I love.” In March, 2003, he was honored with the Best Conduct Medal. At that time he took the evaluation test to become a Second Class Petty Officer. He has decided to pursue a military career. Christopher was recently married to his beautiful wife, Samantha Ferrer, from Norfolk, Va. Christopher is stationed on the USS Air Craft Carrier Theodore Roosevelt. His address is Air V2 Division USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71 FPO-RE. 09599-2871 Ssgt. Paula Bedgood Blickenderfer United States Air Force Paula is currently stationed in Germany and is soon to be deployed. Lcpl Brian E. Criger United States Marine Corps. Brian is a Radio Tech in the U.S. M.C. He has been in the Marines for two years and three months. His last location was Hawaii. He is now in Kuwait. At his boot camp graduation ceremony he was presented with the Leatherneck Award by the Board of Governors for outstanding performance. This award made him honorman of his platoon. His parents are Carl Criger of Mass., and Gilda Criger of Brady. His address is: LCpl Criger B.E. USMC 1st RAD BN CSS Section UIC 43633 FPO AP 96426-3633 Daniel (Max) Davidson United States Navy Max is a Petty Office serving on the USS Enterprise in Norfolk, Va. He has trained as a fireman. The ship he is on, the USS Enterprise, is the largest nuclear power carrier in the United States fleet. Max was onboard the USS Enterprise, coming back from a training mission, when it was turned around and sent to Afghanistan. It was the first ship to be deployed during the current state of national crisis. They remained overseas for an additional three months before they returned stateside. He is the son of Cheryl Davidson of Brady. Commander Mark J. Deardurff USS Kitty Hawk United States Navy Mark is a graduate of Texas A&M University, class of ’83 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He has served on active duty since. He received his flight training at Milton Field, Florida. His duty assignments have included four different aircraft carriers, a stint at the Pentagon, flight instructor at Milton Field, navigator aboard the USS Inchon, assignment to the joint military command at Kelly Field San Antonio. His present assignment is commanding officer of helicopter Squadron 14 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. Mark is married to Terry Beaman, daughter of Douglas & Dorthy Beaman of Voca. They have two daughters and a son who are now residing at the United States Naval Base Atsugi, Japan. Sgt. Catrina Hernandez United States Military Reserves Catrina, 21-years-old, is currently a member of the 341st Military Police Company in San Jose, Calif. She joined the reserves the day before her 18th birthday. She has just completed training for deployment to the Persian Gulf. Her company will head to Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash. where they will undergo “theater specific training” and find out their assignment. Catrina said, “It’s really not about whether you agree on don’t with what you’re fighting for. It’s who told you to fight. It’s that you are fighting for people next to you, fighting for your comrades, who are your family.” Catrina is the granddaughter of Mac and Sylvia Moreno of Brady. AE 2 Charles W. Hodges United States Navy Charles is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Newlin and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Hodges all of Brady. He has been stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan since the first of August, 2002. His email adddress is: Hodges Charles AME2 (VFA-25)2 (Chodges at vZA25, Navy,mil) Sgt. Chris Holloway United States Marine Corp Chris is a 1998 graduate of Brady High School. He is a member of the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29 (MALS-29). He is married to Melissa of Sneads Ferry, N. C. His parents are James Holloway, of Brady and Deborah Holloway, of Belton. He is the Grandson of Otha and Norma Holloway and Rex and Martha Brafford, all of Brady. Chris was deployed from New River, North Carolina to the Persian Gulf on January 13. His address is: Sgt Holloway C.J. 2nd MEB MALS-29 (GSE) USS SAIPAN DET C 77176 FPO AE 09511-7176 SFC Ronald McGowan United States Army Ronald is a Sergeant First Class – E-7 with Delta Btry 1/121 FA (MLRS). He has been deployed to Southeast Asia on Operation Enduring Freedom. Ronald graduated from Brady High in 1985. He then went to McMurray College in Abilene, where he was a business major. He is a LP at Lowes in Austin. He is the son of Clarence and Mary McGowan of Brady. Cpl. Trenton R. Merren United States Marine Corp Trenton is currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan. His parents are Carolyn and Trennon Merren of Brady. His address is: Cpl Merren, Trenton R. 3rd Mar. Div. HqBn G-6 Unit 35880 FPO AP 96602 His e-mail address is: MerrenT@3 DIV.USMC.MIL Corporal Daniel W. Virdell United States Marines 81 MM Mortorman, 3rd Platoon, 3rd Marines, Infantry Division Daniel was trained at Camp Pendleton, California and is currently stationed at Marine Corps Base, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii He is a Forward Observer for 81 MM Mortorman. His travel includes Okinawa, Phillipines, South Korea, and Fuji. He is the son of Terry and Terri Virdell of Brady. Airman 1st Class Wes W. Virdell United States Air Force Wes is an Electronic Missile Technician. He was trained at Vandenberg AFB, California and is currently stationed at F.E. Warren AFB, Cheyenne, Wyoming. He performs electronic maintance on Peacekeeper and Minuteman III Missiles at Wyoming, Nebraska, & Colorado Missile silos. He is the son of Terry and Terri Virdell of Brady. SSgt Leslie J. (Sandoval) Warbis United States Air Force Leslie is currently assigned to the 39th Communications Squadron at Incirlik AB, Turkey, Personnel Specialist. She is married to: SSgt Joseph R. Warbis United States Air Force Joseph is a native of Regent, North Dakota. He is currently assigned to the 39th Maintenance Squadron at Incirlik AB, Turkey as a munitions systems specialist. Both are members of the 39th Wing at Incirlik AB and are in direct support of Operation Northern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom. They have been stationed in Turkey for approximately 8 months. Msgt. Shari (Bloys) Wicks CMSgt. Robert Wicks United States Air Force Shari is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tex Bloys of Brady. She has 22 years of service. She trains new recruits fresh out of basic training and prepares them for military service. Robert has 24 years of service and is with the security police. He will be leaving soon to a destination unknown. Both Shari and her husband, Robert, are stationed in Japan at Yokota Air Base. They plan to retire in two years upon returning to the states.

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