Military news

By Times Staff
Published September 27, 2006

Military News

Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Dalton, son of Lauree Dalton of St. Petersburg, was among seven crewmen recently awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for rescuing the crew of a downed helicopter during a combat resupply operation in Fallujah, Iraq.

In April 2004, two helicopters of the 20th Special Operations Squadron flew a night mission to resupply troops fighting in Fallujah.

One of the helicopters was hit and went down in hostile territory with the pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer injured and communications cut. The second helicopter, with Dalton on board as flight engineer, returned under fire to locate and evacuate the downed crew.

Dalton also received the Sikorsky Aircraft Rescue Award, and the crew received the Jolly Green Association Mission of the Year Award for 2004.

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Army National Guard Spec. Frank D. Lacy, brother of Cyndi R. Lacy of North Redington Beach, has been deployed to Iraq.

He is a motor transport operator with 11 years of military service.

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Air Force Airman Jason R. Lingenfelter, son of Deborah Kelley of St. Petersburg, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

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Army Reserve 1st Lt. Tracey Shirley-Hill, wife of Clint Hill and daughter of Dr. Hildegarde E. Shirley-Jenkins and Lacey K. Shirley, all of St. Petersburg, recently arrived for duty at James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, where as a Department of Defense polytrauma liaison officer she will advocate for severely injured active duty service members and their families.

She also was recently selected to the Captain's Board of the United States Army.

In civilian life she was executive director of Childs Park Youth Development and administrative program coordinator and executive director of Garden Villas Neighborhood Family Center.

She earned a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Tampa and a master's degree in human services from Springfield College.

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Army Pvt. Chris N. Tunis, grandson of Carol Santure of St. Petersburg, has graduated from the Automated Logistical Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at the U.S. Army Quartermaster Center and School, Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va.

He is a 2002 graduate of Dixie Hollins High School.