Military Salute


Matt Altman

PFC Matt Altman is with the 4th Infantry Division 1st Brigade in Kuwait. He is the grandson of Joan and Dick Lynd of Pine, and the son of Marilyn and Gary Altman of Glendale.

Jacquelyn M. Clark

Navy Seaman Apprentice Jacquelyn M. Clark is stationed at Monterey, Calif.

Her father, Ron Peacock, of Payson, writes, "Remember -- Shoot for the moon and if you miss you are still among the stars. I love you."

Andrew Pfarr

Andrew Pfarr is with U.S. Air Force, stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Fla., he is the son of Laurie and John Pfarr of Payson.

Laurie writes, "Andrew, your dad and I so proud of you. We pray for you each day and know God will give you favor in all you do. Love Mom & Dad"

Joseph R. Robinson

Joseph R. Robinson is a non-commissioned petty officer in the U.S. Navy. He is stationed in Norfolk, Va. aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier.

Petty Officer Robinson is the grandson of Sue and John R. Wilson of Payson, who write, "We love you and pray for your safety."

Ryan E. Blose

Ryan E. Blose, 22, is in the Navy, stationed aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, which is currently in the Persian Gulf.

Blose is the grandson of Irene and Ed Blose, he attended Payson High School and worked at Walgreens.

"Ryan, we want you to know that your family and friends are all so proud of you. We are all cheering for you and all the men and women fighting for our freedom. We especially wish you a safe and speedy return to us," write his grandparents in their special message.

Nathan Kuwitzky

Marine Cpl. Nathan Kuwitzky is in Kuwait, assigned to maintenance for a squadron of F/A-18 Hornets. He writes, "I'm pretty safe and God is in control so don't worry about me. It's actually pretty exciting being here and seeing first hand what is going on."

Nathan is the son of Sue and Dan Kuwitzky, Phoenix; grandson of June Kuwitzky, Payson; and nephew of Jan and Mark Bartoli, Payson.

"Nate, your family prays for your safe return as quickly as possible. We love you and are so proud of you. May God bless America and all you brave men and women who are serving our country," his family writes in their special message to the Marine Corporal.

Gary W. Chitwood

Gary Wayne Chitwood is the son of Gary L. Chitwood, fleet manager at Chapman Auto Center of Payson.

Gary W. is with the 937th Engineering Group at Camp Virginia in Kuwait. He arrived on the border of Kuwait and Iraq in mid-February. For his first three weeks there, he assisted an engineering group building bridges to advance troops from the south.

Gary W. is a signal specialist, a code talker for the Army.

After completion of the bridges, Gary W. was assigned to assist the 3-7 Cavalry on the drive to Baghdad.

"He tells me that the camps are named after each state that was attacked on 9/11. I haven't talked to Gary since the first of March, but I think they would be close to Baghdad. I pray for his safety and return home," writes his father Gary L.

In addition to his father living in Payson, Gary W. also has a brother, Layne and an uncle, Earl, here. Two other brothers, Trevor and Drew, live in Coolidge.

Vincent Licavoli

Vincent Licavoli, 24, is a hospital corpsman with U.S. Navy.

He has been in the service for four years and is assigned to the 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, Calif., which is now somewhere in Iraq.

Licavoli is a 1997 graduate of Payson High School and the son of Brenda and Vincent Licavoli, who have lived in Payson for 20 years. Corpsman Licavoli is married and has a six-week-old son, Vincent Thomas Licavoli.

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Ryan A. Randall

Anastasia Randall's husband, Ryan A. Randall, of Pine and Payson is a soldier in the U.S Army and is currently serving in "Operation Iraqi Freedom" in Kuwait.

Ryan is a driver and bodyguard for a Lt. Colonel. He serves with the 1st of the 14th Field Artillery Battalion.

Both Ryan and his wife are Payson/Pine natives and graduated from Payson High School.

Charles Voakes

Don and B J. Voakes' son, Charles, is currently in Kuwait/Iraq somewhere. His parents said, "We know that he is safe in the arms of Jesus."

Charles is a 1998 graduate of Payson High School.

A note about addresses

The Department of Defense has asked that only family and friends write to military personnel. Concerns about safety have forced the discontinuation of "Any Soldier" mail distribution.

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