US Marine Reserve officer serves in his third war and is not about to go on retirement
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Marine Reserve officer serves in his third war
By TERRY BROWN, Staff writer
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First published: Saturday, March 31, 2007
Reserve Lt. Col. John Hergert of Glenville has deployed for a mission
that puts him in his third war.
Hergert, a Vietnam War and a Persian Gulf War veteran, arrived on
Wednesday to oversee the Marine Corps Logistics Command (Forward)
operations at a base in Kuwait in support of combat Marines fighting
"I am representing Marine Corps Logistics Command (Albany, Ga.) at its
forward position in Kuwait," Hergert said before he left for the
deployment. "The command was recently tasked with controlling
logistics operations at a site in Kuwait and a site in Iraq to ensure
the best possible support to the Marine combat units on the ground in
The Marine reservist is usually on duty at the Logistics Command in
As a civilian, he is a communications specialist with the State Police
headquarters in Albany.
He first saw combat as an enlisted Marine in the Vietnam War. He has
medals to show for the tour.
Hergert earned an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Humanitarian
Service Medal for helping with the evacuation of Americans and others
from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, during Operation Eagle Pull. He received
another Humanitarian Service Medal for his role in evacuation of
Americans and Vietnamese from Saigon, South Vietnam, in April 1975
during Operation Frequent Wind.
He also served during Operations Desert Shield and Storm in the
Persian Gulf War in 1990 and 1991.
Hergert served as an enlisted Marine for four years and 12 years,
including 10 years in the Marine Reserve, as an officer.
The Marine also has earned a Good Conduct Medal, a Navy Achievement
Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Southwest Asia Service Medal, a
Saudi Arabia and a Kuwait Liberation Medal and a Global War on
Terrorism Medal for volunteering to serve three years on active duty.
He graduated from Cayuga County Community College, Auburn, in 1978 and
the state University at Cortland in 1980.
Preparing for duty
Navy Seaman Michael Curry of Watervliet, has graduated from Navy Class
A School at the Great Lakes Training Center. Curry is now qualified as
a gas turbine mechanic and firefighter based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
He is preparing to deploy to the Persian Gulf for a six month tour
stationed on a destroyer, the the USS Chung-Hoon.
The Watervliet High School graduate is the son of Bonny Curry of
Army Staff Sgt. Lucas Sagarin of East Greenbush has deployed to
support the mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sagarin is a squad leader assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th
Infantry, the "Black Lions," 4th Infantry Combat Brigade, 1st Infantry
He deployed to Iraq from Fort Riley, Junction City, Kan.
The Black Lions, activated in 2006, are one of the Army's newest
modular infantry brigade combat teams.
The soldier, son of Susan Sagarin of East Greenbush, has 15 years of
military experience. The sergeant is a 1989 graduate of Chatham High
Earns college degree
Air Force Master Sgt. Frank H. Graham of Albany has received an
associate in applied science degree from the Community College of the
The worldwide college, headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base,
Montgomery, Ala., awards job-related associate degrees and other
credentialing programs to enlisted airmen to enhance mission readiness
and support their performance within their career specialty. The
education program combines technical and professional military
education received in the Air Force with general education provided by
civilian institutions. Enlisted members are automatically enrolled in
the CCAF and begin earning college credit during basic military
The master sergeant is a contracting officer assigned to the 99th
Contracting Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nev.
He is the son of Edward Graham of Schenectady and Darlene Horne of
Shubuta, Miss. His wife, Venetia, is the daughter of Lucius and Mary
McGowan of Richmond Heights, Ohio. Graham graduated in 1985 from
Albany High School.
Recognition for duty Seventeen members of the state Air National
Guard's 109th Airlift Wing and its subordinate units have earned
Meritorious Service Medals.
Cols. Anthony German, Brian Gomula, Edward Kinowski and Daniel McGraw
and Lt. Col. Stephen Maher received the medal during a ceremony at the
Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia for their meritorious
performance over a period of time.
Chief Master Sgts. Rodney Begin, Michael Cristiano, Dennis Morgan and
William Nolin received a Meritorious Service Medal.
Senior Master Sgts. Martin Herzog, Donald Morrell and Denny Richardson
earned the medal.
Master Sgts. Diana Buehler, Mark Mann, Christopher Rowe and James
Versocki and Tech. Sgt. Mark Kearnes received the medal.
Lt. Cols. Martin Phillips, Alan Ross. Mark Sakadolsky and Peter
Thalbeiner received Aerial Achievement Medal for their performance
Majors Christopher Niles, David Panzera, James Powell, Fabio Ritmo,
Clifford Souza, Michael Steindl, Alvainzi Wilson and Stephen Yandik
earned the medal.
Captains Jason Reape and Erik Srokowski and 1st Lt. Eric Wood earned a
Chief Master Sgts. Raymond Morgan and William Nolin earned an Aerial
Achievement Medal. Senior Master Sgts. Kurt Garrison, Kevin Gifford,
Elliott McGuigan, Donald Morrell, Mark Olena, Gary Quick, Steven
Rumfelt, Jason Taylor and Randy Williams received a medal.
Master Sgts. Judy Foley, Adam Gardner, Anthony Helstowski, Carl
Hilbert, Maurice Huard, Kevin Hubbley, Emery Jankord, Carmelo Modesto,
Lance Peck, Michael Peck, Glen Preece, Joseph Thorpe and David Vesper
earned the award.
Technical Sgts. Mark Herdman, Jamie Hill, Brian Irvin, Joseph Neale,
Gregory Peck, William Pothier, Randy Powell, Timothy Putman, Scott
Seeberger, Dustin Snyder, Michael Spiak, Daniel Swalting, Justin
Taylor and Paul Zimolka earned an Aerial Achievement Medal. Staff
Sgts. Matthew Lucier and Kevin Zenner, and Senior Airman Corey Gray
and Patrick Newton received the medal.
News of your soldiers and units can be sent to Duty Calls, Terry
Brown, Times Union, Box 15000, Albany, NY 12212 or by e-mail at
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