People Notes

People Notes

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Daniel Adams of Herndon was awarded the Eagle Scout rank at a Court of Honor held Jan. 9, at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Herndon. Daniel is the youngest son of David and Terri Adams.

A member of Troop 12, Daniel earned 35 merit badges and did his Eagle Scout service project at Folly Lick Stream Valley Park in August last year. He planned a park cleanup and recruited scouts and neighbors for the effort. More than 350 pounds of trash was removed from the park area. Daniel served as Troop 12 Senior Patrol Leader, Flying Eagles Patrol Leader and as a Troop Guide, teaching new scouts basic scouting skills to develop his leadership skills.

Daniel is a ninth-grade student attending TLC of Northern Virginia/Cortona Academy. He is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow and a member of Venturing Crew 12 of Herndon.

The Court of Honor was attended by family, friends, area Scouts, Cub Scouts of Pack 12 and Boy Scouts of Troop 12. Scoutmaster Steve Downs presented the Eagle Badge of rank which was pinned on Daniel by his mother. Eagle Scouts Daniel Claff, Jeremy Downs, David Trought, Matthew Downs, and Bob Jackson performed the ceremony. Powhatan District Commissioner John Eppler opened the Court of Honor after remarks by Committee Chairman John Lerch.

The opening flag ceremony was performed by Joe Downs, Kevin Jackson and Collin Jackson. The invocation was delivered by Noah McGrath.

Daniel was presented with a U.S. Flag flown over the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., in honor of his achievement. Troop 12 also presented him with a membership in the National Eagle Scout Association. Daniel presented his mother and grandmother with miniature Eagle pins, his father with an Eagle Dads pin and an Eagle Mentor pin to Scoutmaster Steve Downs and his godfather, Edward L. Collins Sr., Reston.

Boy Scout Troop 12 and Pack 12 meet on Tuesday evenings at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Both units were created to offer scouting to boys with disabilities. C & G Moving and Storage Inc. of Chantilly is the sponsoring organization of Pack 12 and Troop 12.

<lst>Air Force Airman Gagandeep Singh has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations. In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Sukhdev Dhanoa of Herndon. Singh is a 2004 graduate of Herndon High School.

Army Spec. Richard R. Ejorcadas became a United States citizen during a special overseas naturalization ceremony on Oct. 3. Ejorcadas is an infantryman with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii. He has one year of military service. He is the son of Erlinda R. Ejorcadas of Wilshire Drive, Herndon.

Ethan T. Weber has been promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army while serving in Baghdad, Iraq. The captain is a support platoon leader with three years of military service.

He is the son of Richard M. and Barbara E. Weber of Woolwine, Va. His wife, Christine, is the daughter of William and Joyce Hahn of Herndon.

Weber graduated in 1997 from Patrick County High School, Lexington, Va., and received a bachelor's degree in 2001 from the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington.

Army Warrant Officer One Jonathan R. Cupina has graduated from the Army Warrant Officer Helicopter Flight School at Fort Rucker, Daleville, Ala. Individuals selected for the flight training program must first complete Warrant Officer Candidate School, the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Qualification Course, Warrant Officer Basic Course and Aircraft Qualification Course. Students are appointed to the rank of Warrant Officer One after completing candidate school.

Students receive the training, knowledge, mental and physical skills needed for pilot qualification on a specific type helicopter. Upon completion of flight school and the warrant officer basic course, students receive Army aviator wings then transition to the type aircraft they will pilot at their next duty assignment. Cupina has qualified as a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot and has served in the military for two years. He is the son of Robert J. and Penelope Cupina of Quail Ridge Drive, Reston. The warrant officer graduated in 1991 from Herndon High School and received an associate degree in 1994 from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Penn.