Military news briefs

Francisco Babar

LATHAM – Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the adjutant general, announces the recent reenlistment of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Sergeant Francisco Babar of Fredonia has reenlisted to continue service with the Company A, 642nd Support Battalion.

“The New York Army National Guard has sustained our force at or above 100 percent strength for the better part of five years now,” Murphy said. “Keeping those ready forces in our ranks means that New York is ready to provide forces for state missions here at home, as we saw during Hurricane Sandy or for the federal missions supporting our nation around the country and around the world.”

“Each of our 16,000 men and women serving in the Army and Air National Guard has an important role and I’m pleased that so many continue to reenlist and remain part of our New York National Guard family.”

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov or www.1800goguard.com.

Michael R. George

Marine Corps Pvt. Michael R. George, son of Teresa D. and Dan A. George of Fredonia, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

For 13 weeks, George stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.

One week prior to graduation, George endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

George is a 2012 graduate of Fredonia Central School District.

Zachary L. Leamer

Air Force Airman Zachary L. Leamer graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Leamer is the son of Margo and Rex Leamer of Ripley. He is a 2012 graduate of Sherman Central School.

Travis Rammelt

Travis Rammelt of Westfield has enlisted in the United States Navy. He will graduate Westfield Academy and Central School in June, 2013 and begin basic training at Great Lakes, Ill.,in the fall; followed by training as an Aircrew Survival Equipmentman at U.S. naval Education and Training Command at Pensacola, Fla. Travis is the son of Lynn and Joel Rammelt.

Eric D. Stitz

Marine Corps Pvt. Eric D. Stitz, son of Amy I. Stitz of Hamburg and Jeffry A. Stitz of Irving, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

For 13 weeks, Stitz stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.

One week prior to graduation, Stitz endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

Stitz is a 2012 graduate of Lake Shore High School of Angola.