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TSgt. James Scott VanHoose (click for larger version)

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class William L. Johnson, a 2000 graduate of Tolsia High School, Fort Gay, W. Va., recently participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Arabian Gulf while assigned to the guided missile frigate USS Thach; homeported in San Diego, Calif.

Johnson is one of more than 8, 000 Pacific Fleet Sailors aboard the ships of the USS Constellation Carrier Battlegroup. Although the primary mission of Johnsonís ship is anti-submarine warfare, USS Thach is equipped with guns for surface actions and anti-aircraft missiles. Thach also deploys with helicopters equipped with sonar and torpedo capabilities.


Marine Corps Sgt. Travis P. Hillman, son of Tammy L Harton of Ashland and Dean L Hillman of Louisa, is participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom while assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), based in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Since their arrival in the country, Marines and Sailors from Hillmanís unit engaged enemy forces in Al Kut, conducted several successful convoy operations, including one containing 93 vehicles, and began a rebuilding process in the village of Hasham.

The unit also went to the town of Al Rifa, where it removed large berms put in place by the Iraqi soldiers,

Hillmanís unit is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment. MEUs are composed of more than 2,000 personnel and are divided into an infantry battalion, aircraft squadron, support group and command element. With this combination, Hillmanís unit supplies and sustains itself for quick mission accomplishment and for clearing the way for follow-on forces.

Hillman is a 1995 graduate of Boyd County High School and joined the Marine Corps in June 1995.


TSgt. James Scott VanHoose, 39, stationed at McNeil AFB in Tampa, Fla., has been serving in Kuwait since Jan. 10. He has been in the Air Force for 18 years.

His wife, Serena, and sons, Bryan, 13, and Trenton, 6, reside in Brandon, Fla.

VanHoose is the son of Lowell and Nadine Little of Louisa and is a 1981 graduate of Lawrence County High School

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