Hometown News

Army Cpl. Cody A. Garrison is one of more than 300 Army soldiers who participated in the “Spirit of America 2010 “, the Army’s 235th birthday celebration. The show was one of the Army’s largest community outreach events presented by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, D.C. The event celebrated the spirit, strength, and history of the nation with Spirit of America. Performers paid tribute to the selfless service, resilience, sacrifices and triumphs of the American Soldier.

This year’s event took place in Pittsburgh, Pa., the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area, and Grand Rapids, Mich. During the event, soldiers bring history to life with the Spirit of America performance by capturing true stories of those who have answered the call to duty for our nation. The soldiers dress in historical uniforms to re-enact key moments in the U.S. Army and American history. The re-enactments include battle scenes with short periods of simulated gunfire, and performances by the Army’s elite ceremonial units.

The show featured the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” and soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)–the Army’s oldest active-duty infantry unit. Elements of the Old Guard include the Fife and Drum Corps, the Caisson Platoon, the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard, the Continental Color Guard and the U.S. Army Drill Team.

Garrison, an infantryman, is assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, Fort Myer, Arlington, Va. He has served in the military for more than three years.

He is the son of Sandi J. Garrison of Mulberry Hill Road, Mansfield, Pa.

The corporal is a 2006 graduate of Mansfield Junior-Senior High School.

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Army National Guard Pvt. Bradford O. Yskamp has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Yskamp is a 2009 graduate of Mansfield Junior-Senior High School, Pa.

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Army Pfc. Steven M. Wilson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and 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.

He is the son of Dorothy Wilson of Blair Creek Road, Westfield, Pa., and brother of Diana Kirschman of Hillcrest St., Harrisburg, Pa.

Wilson graduated in 2000 from Cowanesque Valley High School, Westfield, and received an associate degree in 2004 from Alfred State College, Wellsville, N.Y.

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Air Force Staff Sgt. Thomas S. Baker graduated from the Introduction to Culture Course delivered by the Air University’s Air Force Culture and Language Center based at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

The 15-week distance learning web-based course is available to enlisted Air Force members to aid them in understanding world cultures. The course takes a culture-general approach to developing cross-cultural competence, focusing on the universal domains of culture, such as religion, sport, and family. Instructors provide weekly feedback to the students to reinforce their grasp of cultural concepts, and mentors students in developing an attitude of cultural relativism, a recognition that cultures should be understood within the context which they were created and not based on the students’ own, American or military, cultural structured mental aspects or pre-conceived ideas.

Baker is a noncommissioned officer in charge and has served in the military for seven years.

He is the son of Sharon Kociolek of Knoxville, Pa.

Baker is a 2001 graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, Westfield, Pa.

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