Military Notes

Military Notes

<lst>The Third Marine Division Association will hold its annual Family Reunion August 16-21 at the Sheraton National Hotel, 900 S. Orme St., Arlington. Anyone who served in support of the Third Marine Division at any time since it was formed in 1942 is eligible and cordially invited to attend. For membership and reunion information contact Sgt. Major Bill Krueger at 703-451-3844 or visit

Navy Seaman Apprentice Kevin J. Mcentee, a 2002

graduate of Bishop Denis J. Oconnell High School, Arlington, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Frederick J. Auth of Arlington was recently commissioned by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Auth, a history major, is going into the U.S. Navy as an ensign. Auth will be stationed at Pensacola, Fla., and will serve in the aviation department.

Victoria Y. Brayton has been awarded an Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) college scholarship. The cadet was selected on the basis of comprehensive tests scores, high school scholastic achievement, school officials' evaluations, extracurricular activities and community involvement. The scholarship is designed to cover the cost of tuition, textbooks, laboratory and incidental fees and a nontaxable monthly stipend during the school year. Her parents are Lydia Y. and Kenneth D. Brayton of Arlington. She is a 2005 graduate of Washington Lee High School.

Navy Ensign Karl A. Soderlund, son of Paula H. and Charles A. Soderlund of Arlington, recently graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and was commissioned to his current rank in the United States Navy. Soderlund is a 2001 graduate of H. B. Woodlawn High School.

Marine Corps Sgt. Vishnu D. Sharma, a 1998 graduate of Wakefield High School, recently was promoted to his current rank while serving with Weapons Training Battalion in Quantico. Sharma was promoted based on sustained superior job performance and proficiency in his designated specialty. He joined the Marine Corps in September 1998.

Army Pvt. Eric W. Pray has graduated from basic combat military training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. Pray is a 2004 graduate of Langley High School and is the son of Clyde Pray of North Potomac, Md., and Susan Ng of Herndon.