To have an item listed, mail to the Gazette-Packet, 1604 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314; fax to 703-917-0991 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Friday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos and artwork encouraged. If you have any questions, call Elizabeth Orr at 703-917-6449.
Russell Armstrong Johnson was memorialized during the Mississippi Bar's Annual Memorial Service for deceased members Tuesday, Oct. 5. The service took place in Jackson, before the Mississippi Supreme Court, family and friends. Johnson, an Alexandria resident, was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1968.
Marie O’ Mara recently volunteered at Ireland’s Glencree Centre for Reconciliation outside of Dublin. The project was coordinated by Global Volunteers, who organize about 150 teams of volunteers a year. O’ Mara is a resident of Alexandria.
Ken Hill of Alexandria has been named chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Peace Corps Association. An international development consultant, Hill was a Peace Corps volunteer in remote villages in Turkey during the 1960s and became a senior staff member of the Peace Corps during the 1970s, retiring in 2001 as chief of staff. Founded in 1979, the NPCA is the nonprofit organization of the Peace Corps community and is separate from the federal Peace Corps program.
Maj. Gen. John A. Yingling has been selected to serve as Deputy Commanding General of First U.S. Army. Yingling, who relinquished command of Joint Task Force Six, the Department of Defense's counter drug support unit based at Fort Bliss, Texas, was promoted to the rank of Major General during a change of command ceremony conducted Sept. 1. The general had commanded JTF-6 since July 2002. Yingling, son of the late Ross and Lorna Yingling of Old Town Alexandria and a 1970 T.C. Williams High School graduate, entered the U.S. Army upon graduation from Wake Forest University in 1974. His first assignment was to Korea, where he served in both the Weapons Support Detachment and the 3rd Battalion, 81st Field Artillery (Sergeant Missile) as a firing platoon commander.
Jeanne Mitchler-Fiks, director of social services for United Community Ministries, was awarded third prize in a national photography contest for "The Golden One," a shot of a costumed Venetian Canival-goer. Mitchler-Fiks' entry was published in the October issue of "Peterson's PHOTOgraphic."
Air Force Airman Fremont A. Funk graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Funk is a 2003 graduate of Yorktown High School. Funk is the son of Darryl Funk of Arlington, and Christy Lewis of Alexandria.