Area residents serve in military branches

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2003

The following is a list of names and other information on area soldiers sent to the Clarion by their family and friends. Due to security concerns, a spokesperson for the U.S. Army has asked that addresses not be published. The Army also encourages only immediate family to send packages as each one must be screened prior to delivery.

Stewart Blakeslee is in the Navy, stationed on the USS Constellation in the Persian Gulf. He is a 2000 graduate of Soldotna High School, where he played football and sang in the choir. His parents, Dick and Jane Blakeslee of Soldotna, are retired Navy personnel.

Sgt. Richard L. Boone is a 1997 graduate of Soldotna High School. He and his wife, Lisa Cockroft, have three children: Lilah, 5, Nathan, 2, and Timothy, 1. The Boones are stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas.

Peter Boraas, the son of Kenai Peninsula College professor Alan Boraas, is a 1999 Skyview High School graduate serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Army's 75th Ranger Regiment.

Spc. Kristen Braud, 23, is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve Civil Affairs Unit currently serving in Iraq. She joined the reserves to "serve her country and further her education," wrote her mother.

She is the daughter of Darlene Ross of Soldotna, sister of Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School students Sara and Hunter Williams and aunt of Joshua Braud Jr. of Soldotna. Though Kristen graduated from high school in Pennsylva-nia, her mom wrote that she has visited family on the Kenai Peninsula frequently.

Spc. Eric Brenegan, a graduate of Nikiski High School, is serving with the 82nd Airborne Division Rangers.

n Jacinda Broussard of Nikiski is a Marine serving in Kuwait. She is the daughter of Ernest Broussard of Nikiski and niece of John Broussard.

Pfc. Kyle Caffroy of Anchor Point is serving on the front lines in Iraq. He is 19.

Garth Corner, the son of Greg and Alicia Corner of Kasilof, is serving in the Army and stationed in Camp Virginia in Kuwait.

Spc. Jerrard M. Dalton of Soldotna is serving with the Army special forces. He is the son of Raymond and Jackie Wise of Soldotna.

Lance Cpl. Dustin Dreifuerst, an 18-year-old Skyview High School graduate, is serving with the 3rd Marine Division in Kuwait. He is the son of Richard and Mary Dreifuerst of Cooper Landing and has a sister and many friends attending Skyview. He also is an Eagle Scout.

Sgt. Patrick Espy is serving with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan. He is the son of Roy and Janine Espy of Kenai. Janine is the executive director of Love INC of the Kenai Peninsula, and Roy works for Halliburton Services in Norway. He has a brother, Rory, and sisters, Stacey and Belinda. He is a 1999 graduate of Kenai Central High School.

Joshua George, 22, of Ninilchik, is a Marine in the infantry weapons platoon stationed in Kuwait City, Kuwait. He is the son Mary Clock of Ninilchik and Buck George of Kasilof and the stepson of Barbara George of Kasilof.

Capt. Justin M. Gordon of Soldotna is stationed with the 11th Attach Helicopter Regiment in Kuwait. The son of Tom Gordon and Karen Tautfest-Gordon, Justin was born in Soldotna in 1977 and graduated as one of eight valedictorians at Skyview High School in 1995. He attended West Point Military Academy, where he graduated in 1999 as a 2nd Lieutenant. He then was sent to Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla., where he chose field artillery and multiple launch rocket systems as his specialty. He is stationed in Kuwait with the 11th Attach Helicopter Regiment. His grandparents are Eugene and Joyce Tautfest and Eunice and Roy Gordon. He also is the brother of Lyndsay and Aaron Gordon.

Jarod Hanke, the son of Kelly Hanke, is a Marine serving in Iraq.

Shad Houser is a 1993 graduate of Skyview High School, where he was a wrestler. He also is a graduate of Manchester College, where he received a pre-med degree. He joined the Army for further medical training and is stationed at Fort Bliss in Texas. He is scheduled to be deployed to Kuwait soon. His parents are Neil and Cindy Houser of Soldotna. He also has four siblings, Amy, Adam, Shawn and Charise. He and his wife, Marie, are expecting their first baby any day now.

Sgt. Matthew D. Lundell of Sterling currently is stationed in Germany with his wife, Jodi M. Lundell, and their two children, Logan and Bailey. Sgt. Lundell's father and stepmother, Dale and Tamara Lundell, live in Sterling, as do Jodi Lundell's parents, Terry and Toni Smith.

Cpl. Calvin Lundy is a Nikiski High School graduate serving in the Marine Corps.

Tucker (T.J.) Mattox, the son of Rod and Leila Mattox of Kasilof, is stated with the Navy at Fort Lejeune, N.C., where he lives with his wife, Amy, and their 18-month-old son, Parker Jay. His siblings are Christy, Alisa and Ben.

Michael Misner, a 2001 Skyview High School graduate, is serving in the Navy aboard the USS Enterprise. He is the son of Scott and Nancianna Misner of Soldotna, brother of Joe and Zack Misner, and husband of Julie Misner.

Scott Moore of Soldotna is serving in the Navy aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Mediterranean Sea. He is the son of Oscar and Forrest Nelson of Soldotna and a 1998 graduate of Cook Inlet Academy.

Zachary Morse, the son of Chuck and Cheryl Morse of Kasilof, is in the Navy, stationed on the USS Providence. He is a graduate of Skyview High School.

Michael Rosser, a Skyview High School graduate who enjoys computers and four-wheeling, is serving in the Navy aboard to USS Vincennes in Yokosuka, Japan. His parents are Steve and Diane Webb of Soldotna and Tom Rosser of Seattle. He also has a brother, Carl.

Benjamin Ruzicka of Anchor Point is an Army calvary scout stationed in Louisiana and scheduled to be deployed to southwest Asia next month. He is the son of Doug and Debbie Ruzicka of Anchor Point.

Scott Robert Sausedo of Soldotna is stationed with the Army at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. He drives an M1A! Abrams tank and is scheduled to deploy to Iraq in a few days. He attended Sterling Elementary and Soldotna Middle schools, then completed his education in home school and Alaska Job Corps in 2001. He decided to join the Army after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He is the son of Cindy Sausedo and the grandson of longtime Kenai residents Carl and Lynn Wetzel.

Cpl. Nolan Steward is a 1999 Soldotna High School graduate based with the Marine Corps in Yuma, Ariz., where he lives with his wife, 2000 SoHi graduate Amie Johnson, and their two daughters, Cecilia, 2, and Mia, 10 months. His mother, Angie Jenkins, is an advocate at the Women's Resource and Crisis Center.

Lance Cpl. Jack Stolz of Nikiski is stationed with the Marine Corps in southern Kuwait. He is a 2000 graduate of Nikiski High School and the son of Johnnie and Judith Stolz.

Erik Tucker-Winter, a 1999 graduate of Ninilchik, is stationed with the Army's 40th Signal Battalion in Kuwait. He is a microwave systems operator and maintainer, responsible for configuring and maintaining microwave communications, technical control equipment, circuits and links and restoring telecommunications circuitry. His parents are Lyle and Theresa Winter of Ninilchik.

Shane Webster, a 22-year-old Soldotna High School graduate, is stationed in Kuwait with the Marines. He is the son of Jeff Webster of Soldotna.

n Courtney Wolf, daughter of Kenai Middle School custodian Bruce Wolf, is a 2002 Kenai Central High School graduate serving in the Air Force.

To have a loved one added to the Clarion's list of U.S. troops, send an e-mail to, a fax to 283-3299 or a note to Soldier Information, c/o Jenni Dillon, Peninsula Clarion, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611.

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