Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James Kessler, commander of Marine Corps Installations Command, plans to deliver the keynote address at the University of Washington’s NROTC Midshipmen Navy and Marine Corps Birthday Ball on Friday. A graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School, Kessler was commissioned a second lieutenant from the University of Washington in June 1980. Kessler also serves as commanding general of the Marine Corps National Capital Regional Command. Kessler was promoted to his current rank in August 2010. He holds advanced degrees in military studies from Marine Corps University, a master of science in systems mManagement from the University of Southern California and a master of science in natural resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Army Pvt. Jacob K. Stapleton has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Stapleton is the son of Bruce and Betty Stapleton of Monroe. He is a 2008 graduate of Monroe High School.
Marine Corps Pfc. Mark A. Orr, son of Ruth Farmer of Auburndale, Fla., and Robert Orr, of Granite Falls, earned the title of U.S. Marine after graduating from boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.
Navy Seaman Recruit Krista M. Balint, daughter of Anne and Joe Balint of Monroe, has completed basic training at U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Balint is a 2012 graduate of Monroe High School.
Navy Seaman Recruit Michelle C. Manuel, sister of Jamie Manuel of Bothell, recently completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Manuel is a 2012 graduate of Cedarcrest High School in Duvall.
Army Pvt. Ruth E. Baez has graduated from basic and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. Baez is the daughter of Milicent Hanna of Clinton. She is a 2011 graduate of South Whidbey High School.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Meghan Malloy, a Camano Island native, plans to serve in the National Capital Region during the presidential inauguration Jan. 21. She belongs to a task force charged with coordinating all military ceremonial support for the inaugural period.
“I’m excited to be here supporting the inauguration,” said Malloy in a press release. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is something that very few people have a chance to participate in.”
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.
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. Bazaar/bake sale to support veterans is noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 17.
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 email@example.com; or go to [URL]www.post181.org;http://www.post181.org[URL].
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.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
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, go to [/URL]www.vfw8870.org ;http://www.vfw8870.org [URL]or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arlington Boyer-Daniel VFW Post 1561: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays. For meeting location, call 425-232-8453, 360-435-6677 or go to [/URL]vfw1561.org;http://vfw1561.org[URL]. All veterans who have served honorably and received a combat or campaign medal are eligible to join.
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 [/URL]www.vfwpost2100.org;http://www.vfwpost2100.org[URL].
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 VFW Post 9417: 6 p.m. first Thursdays. Call “Sarge” Watkins at 425-931-1638. Ladies Auxiliary: 4 p.m. first Wednesdays. Call Arden King at 360-793-2786.
Whitehead-Muzzall VFW Post 7392: 360-675-4048 or go to [/URL]vfwpost7392.org;http://vfwpost7392.org.
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