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Captain Jason Aileo, Dimock is assigned to the Stryker Brigade, the 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division which is now deploying to Iraq. The duty in Iraq will be the first ever deployment of a Stryker Brigade. The Brigade is the result of the Armys effort to create a lighter but effective force that can be more quickly deployed. Its name is derived from the name of its 19-ton eight wheeled armored vehicle, equipped with high tech communications and vision enhancing equipment that can move at speeds of up to 60 MPH, "The Stryker." Soldiers in the Brigade are departing in groups of 300 to 400 from Fort Lewis, Washington. In short order, the entire 5,000 soldiers of the brigade will be in Iraq.
Jason graduated from Elk Lake High School in 1995. He is the son of Bill and Brenna Aileo, grandson of Ruth Johnson, and nephew of Candace McCay, all of Dimock. Jason is a Field Artillery officer serving on the operations staff of the brigades artillery battalion. He anticipates the tour which will be a year in length which will mean that Jason will miss the arrival of his first child when his wife, Melinda (Mindy) delivers in April. Mindy is the daughter of Ronald and Elaine Jackson of Falls. In the first year and a half of their marriage Mindy has spent time in Bamberg, Germany; Fort Sill, OK; Fort Leavenworth, KS; and Fort Lewis, WA supporting Jason in his military career. She is now teaching third grade in the post elementary school at Fort Lewis, Washington.
It will be a long year for Jason. If you would like to drop him a line, his address is: CPT Jason Aileo, HSB 1-37th FA, 3-2 SBCT, APO AE 09385.
Colby R. Wood ETC (N) SS has been selected to received a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy. CPO Wood will be interviewed in December, 2003 for a position at the Naval Reactor R&D facility in Washington, DC.
CPO Wood lives in Virginia Beach, VA with his wife, Dawn (the former Dawn Perrington of Susquehanna), and son, Alex and will remain attached to the USS Montpelier, home-ported in Norfolk, VA. until mid 2004 at which time he will report to Officer Orientation in Pensacola, FL.
CPO Wood will be a 16-year veteran of the U.S. Submarine Service at the time of his commissioning as an Ensign in September, 2004.
CPO Wood is the son of Mildred A. Wood YNC USNR-retired of New Orleans, LA and James E. Wood RMC USN/USNR-retired of Susquehanna, PA.
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