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. He is a 2010 graduate of Arlington High School.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Chantelle Anderson of Everett, an aviation maintenance administration officer, is serving aboard the Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.
Navy Seaman Ryan F. Dietz, son of Anna Dietz of Everett, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Dietz is a 2009 graduate of Cascade High School.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Nicholas C. Danner, son of Luz and Vincent Danner of Stanwood, recently completed basic training at U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Danner is a 2010 graduate of Lakewood High School.
Army Pvt. Richard L. Baran has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Baran is the son of Rick Baran of Oak Harbor. He is a 2011 graduate of Oak Harbor High School.
Army Staff Sgt. Jason M. Gilliland has returned overseas deployment. Gilliland is a maintenance officer assigned to the Fourth Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for 10 years. He is the son of James Gilliland of Silverton, Idaho, and Kim Gilliland of Mullan, Idaho. His wife, Holly, is the daughter of Steve Gans of Everett and Sharroll Travis of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Navy Seaman Gregory J. Larson, son of Susan and John Larson of Edmonds, completed basic training at Navy Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Larson is a 2003 graduate of Edmonds-Woodway High School and a 2010 graduate of Cornish College of the Arts.
Army Spec. Bradley E. Chastain has returned from an overseas deployment. Chastain is an advanced field artillery tactical data systems analyst assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for six years. He is the son of William and Deborah Chastain of Portland, Ore. His wife, Ranae, is the daughter of Warren and Jeanette Heinz of Everett.
Army Spec. Sean A. Gregory has returned from an overseas deployment. Gregory is fire support specialist with the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for nearly three years. He is a 2009 graduate of Arlington High School.
Carrier Strike Group 11 held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz on Feb. 11 in Everett. During the ceremony, Rear Adm. Gregory S. White relieved Rear Adm. Peter A. Gumataotao as commander of the group.
Gumataotao told the assembled crowd that he could not have asked for a better team. “I leave truly impressed with the incredible determination, dedication and professionalism that Warrior Team 11 has demonstrated,” he said.
White, previously the assistant commander of Navy Personnel Command for Career Management, is assuming command of the strike group as it prepares for deployment
More news from USS Nimitz is at www.navy.mil/local/cvn68/.
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 [URL]www.vfw8870.org.;http://www.vfw8870.org [URL]
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 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 [/URL]vfwpost7392.org;http://vfwpost7392.org[URL]. The post’s monthly breakfast fundraiser is set for 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 24. All are welcome. Proceeds benefit veterans’ assistance and community service programs.
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 [/URL]www.americanlegionmonroe.org;http://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 [URL]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.
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