Air Force Airman Matthew F. Peiffle graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Peiffle is the son of Steven Peiffle of Stanwood and Margit Remole Peiffle of Seattle. He is a 2010 graduate of Arlington High School.
Navy Seaman Recruit Tracy A. Pettit, daughter of Cindy and David Pettit of Marysville, completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Pettit is a 2004 graduate of Burley Senior High School, Idaho.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher P. Gossett, son of Shawna and Brett Gossett of Marysville, and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher A. Lambach, son of Veronica Lambach of Mountlake Terrace, and other sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan received more than 2,500 Operation Gratitude care packages at the all-hands call in the ship's hangar bay. The Reagan is homeported in Bremerton while undergoing maintenance at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Gossett is a 2002 graduate of Arlington High School. He joined the Navy in October 2002. Lambach is a 2003 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School of Mountlake Terrace. He joined the Navy in March 2007.
Army Staff Sgt. Steven M. Lorenzo has returned from an overseas deployment. Lorenzo is a squad leader assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for 11 years and is a 1996 graduate of Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
Army Spec. Colin A. Porter has returned from an overseas deployment. Porter is a health care specialist assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for two years. He is the grandson of James Porter of Bothell. The specialist is a 2003 graduate of Bothell High School.
Army Spec. Justin L. Maury has returned from an overseas deployment. Maury is an airborne infantryman assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for three years. He is the son of Mike Maury of Edmonds. The specialist is a 2009 graduate of Edmonds-Woodway High School.
Capt. Gregory Jay Johnston, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, has turned over command of the air station to Capt. Michael K. Nortier.
Under Johnston's tenure, Navy Region Northwest selected Whidbey Island as the best naval installation in the Northwest twice in the past three years. It also won three Secretary of the Navy Platinum Energy Awards. Johnston's next assignment takes him to Washington, D.C., where he will serve as the operations director at Naval Installations Command headquarters.
Nortier most recently served as the Pacific Fleet's operations directorate. After earning his designation as a naval aviator in 1991, Nortier primarily worked in helicopter anti-submarine squadrons and has deployed numerous times on Navy warships. Whidbey Island Naval Air Station employs 6,900 active duty military and 2,400 Department of Defense civilians and contract employees. The annual economic impact the base brings to Island County and surrounding communities is estimated by the Navy to be about $592 million.
Veteran service officer Jerry Gadek, representing Snohomish County's Veteran Assistance Program, will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Monday at American Legion Post 178, Second and Cedar streets, Marysville. All veterans are welcome.
Disabled American Veterans, Martin T. Sofi Sunshine Chapter 13: 11:30 a.m. second Thursdays, Lynnwood Elks, 6620 196th St. SW. Call Gil, 425-742-1600.
Coast Guard Auxiliary: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Port of Everett Conference Center, 404 14th St. The group supports the Coast Guard, teaches boating safety classes and conducts free vessel examinations. Marie Porterfield, 425-629-3241, 509-949-6715 or Marie.Porterfield64@gmail.com.
Fleet Reserve Association and Ladies Fleet Reserve Association unit and branch 18: Lunch noon, meeting 1 p.m. second Saturdays, 23003 56th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace. 425-771-2774.
A group of veterans of wars in foreign lands (not associated with VFW) meets at 1 p.m., second Wednesdays, Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard, Everett. Call Ernie at 425-512-9786 or the senior center at 257-8780.
Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 12: 7 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Lynnwood Elks Club, 6620 196th St. SW. All veterans who were awarded the Purple Heart are welcome and encouraged to attend. Call Keith Reyes, 360-631-4467, or Phil Sacks, 425-741-7311.
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
Arlington Boyer-Daniel VFW Post 1561: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays. For meeting location, call 425-232-8453, 360-435-6677 or go to vfw1561.org. All veterans who have served honorably and received a combat or campaign medal are eligible to join.
Sultan VFW Post 2554 and Ladies Auxiliary: 7:30 p.m., second Thursdays, United Methodist Church, 211 Birch Ave., Sultan. Call 360-793-1879 or 360-793-3296.
Monroe VFW Post 7511: Noon, second Thursdays, IOOF Hall, 610 Lewis St., Monroe. Call Ken, 425-315-3509.
Edmonds VFW Post 8870 and Ladies Auxiliary: Lunch at 11:45 a.m., meeting at 12:30 p.m. second Fridays, Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds. Call Fred at 206-940-7502, email email@example.com or www.vfw8870.org.
Snohomish Gay Jones VFW Post 921 and Auxiliary: 1 p.m. third Saturdays, Boys & Girls Club, 402 Second St., Snohomish. Most overseas veterans are eligible. Help for all veterans who need a hand-up. Call 425-397-7111.
Everett Old Guard VFW Post 2100: 6:30 p.m. fourth Thursdays, 2711 Oaks Ave., Everett. Ladies Auxiliary 2100: 6:30 p.m. second Monday. Call 425-337-1559 or go to www.vfwpost2100.org.
Lynnwood VFW Post 1040: first Thursdays, Alderwood Youth Club, 19619 24th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Call Martin, 425-774-7416, or Frank, 425-697-4102.
Gold Bar Martin-Osterholtz VFW Post 9417: 6 p.m. first Thursdays. Call "Sarge" Watkins at 425-931-1638. Ladies Auxiliary: 4 p.m. first Thursdays. Call Arden King at 360-793-2786.
Oak Harbor's Whitehead-Muzzall VFW Post 7392: 360-675-4048 or go to vfwpost7392.org.
Legion Post 37: 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Lynnwood Elks Club, 6620 196th St. SW. Call 425-585-0279.
Legion Post 76: Arlington American Legion Auxiliary breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m., first Saturdays, 115 N. Olympic Ave. Cost is $5. Proceeds benefit veterans. Call 360-435-2492.
Legion Post 92: Stanwood offers prime rib dinner, 4:30 p.m., third Fridays. Legion and auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m., second Mondays, 26921 88th Ave. NW, Stanwood. Service office, 360-629-8021, open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to help veterans.
Legion Post 66: 6 p.m. third Mondays, Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds. Call John, 425-743-7430.
Legion Post 96: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Legion Hall, 1201 First St., Snohomish. Call 360-568-5340. Post 96 is raising funds for a large mural created by David Hose.
Legion Post 58: 7 p.m. third Tuesdays, Odd Fellows Building, 610 Lewis St., Monroe. Call Bob at 360-863-3544 or go to www.americanlegionmonroe.org.
Legion Post 6: 7 p.m. second Thursdays, the Fleet Reserve Association Club, 6802 Beverly Blvd., Everett. Call Marvin at 425-224-4137.
Legion Post 181: 7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Lake Stevens Community Center, 1812 124th Ave. NE. Call Tom at 425-314-5865, Tony at 360-631-3242, or Vern at 425-343-9637; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or go to www.post181.org.
Legion Post 178: 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Legion Hall, 2nd Street and Cedar Avenue NE, Marysville. Social hour at 6 p.m. Call Jeremiah at 253-405-8175 or Lett at 425-220-4940.
To submit news for this column, contact reporter Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; email@example.com.
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