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Navy Ensign Anthony F. Capotosto, son of Diana and Fred Capotosto of Friendsville, PA, recently received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Officer Indoctrination School, Newport, RI.
During the 13-week-long training program, Capotosto received extensive instruction on a variety of specialized subjects including navigation, ship handling, engineering, naval warfare and management. Capotosto also completed a demanding daily physical fitness program that involved running, swimming and calisthenics.
In addition, Capotosto and fellow OCS graduates received leadership training and instruction on the importance of the Navy's core values - honor, courage and commitment; and how their meaning impacts the personal and professional conduct of the men and women serving in the Navy around the world.
Capotosto is a 2004 graduate of Montrose Area High School. He is a 2008 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, PA with a BS degree.
Army 1st Lt. Mark Z. Handloff has returned to Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska after being deployed to Afghanistan for one year. The soldier is one of 3,500 members of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Richardson. Airborne combat team members included soldiers assigned to one of six battalions and regiments of the 25th Infantry Division.
The airborne brigade served in three eastern provinces of Afghanistan, which included the Paktya, Paktika and Khost. Some of the challenges the brigade soldiers faced included poverty, unemployment, security, and management of natural resources and government institutions. Soldiers improved roads, provided vocational training in construction and civics, improved and re-opened 29 schools, remodeled six medical clinics and improved three district courthouses.
While deployed in Afghanistan, he was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and promoted to first lieutenant.
Handloff, a battalion staff officer, is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment. He has two years of military service.
He is the son of Robert Handloff of Thompson, PA, and Karen Peterson of Washington, D.C.
The lieutenant earned a bachelor's degree in 2006 from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
Navy Hospitalman Mark W. Gregg, son of Dorene A. Gregg of Little Meadows, PA and David M. Gregg of Owego, NY, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Gregg completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations." This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.
Gregg is a 2009 graduate of Montrose Area High School.
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