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By Times staff
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published April 13, 2003

Army Capt. Aristotle A. Vaseliades, son of Catherine and Nicholas Vaseliades of Gulfport, is a medical service corps officer and commander of the 21st Combat Support Hospital Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 13th Coscom, Fort Hood, Texas. He was deployed in March to Kuwait with his combat support hospital, their second assignment in the region, having recently returned from six months in Kuwait. He received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious achievement in support of operation Enduring Freedom and the Expert Field Medical Badge.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Philip J. Rechnitzer Jr., son of Brenda A. Angell of St. Petersburg, was deployed to the Middle East in January. He has served in the Air Force for 18 years and was stationed in Uzbekistan during operations in Afghanistan.

Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Shea, son of Andrew Shea of Treasure Island and Lindsay Lavin of St. Petersburg, has served for several months in the Middle East. He works in construction and electronics and was involved in setting up communications for the headquarters of Gen. Tommy Franks.

Army 1st Lt. Paul M. Oliver, son of Pat and John Oliver of St. Petersburg, was deployed to Kuwait in March with the 101st Airborne Division. He is a platoon leader. He completed advanced training at the Army Transportation Corps School, Fort Eustis, Va., and graduated from the 101st Airborne Sabalauski Air Assault School. He attended Lakewood High School.

Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory A. Herring, son of Robin and John Herring of Seminole, was deployed to Kuwait with the 1st Marine Division, 7th Regiment, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. He works as an electrician. He is a 2000 graduate of Seminole High School.

Army 2nd Lt. Cory Scott, son of Cindy and Tim Scott of Seminole, was deployed in February to Kuwait with the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Alpha Battery. He is serving with a Patriot Air Defense unit. He recently graduated from the Army Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Bliss, Texas. He is a 2002 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph I. Deal, son of April Rice and Michael Deal of St. Petersburg, was deployed to Kuwait in February with the 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion. He is a reservist serving in the Division Administration Center at Camp Commando and a 1999 graduate of Dixie Hollins High School.

Air Force Senior Airman Aaron Cooper, son of Lesley Cooper of St. Petersburg, was deployed to the Middle East in March with the 653rd Combat Logistics Support Squadron. He works in structural maintenance. He is a 1993 graduate of Pinellas Park High School.

Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Hamilton, son of Maggie and Kirk Hamilton of St. Petersburg, was deployed to Kuwait in February with the 1st Transportation Support Battalion, Convoy Control Company. He is assigned to security. He is a 2001 graduate of St. Petersburg High School.

Marine Pfc. Daniel R. Milstid, son of Sam Milstid and brother of Josh Comer and Alexis Fisher of Seminole, was deployed to Kuwait with the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. He is a 2002 graduate of Seminole High School.

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