Category: Military

Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles four man tandem drill team demonstrates its skills at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Marmion Academy is a Catholic-Benedictine college preparatory high school for young men. The Marmion drill team, in its 71st year, officially was formed in September 1947 by Technical Sergeant Earl K. Buchan. The team performed its first public exhibition December 10, 1948 in Aurora. February 2019, Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles JROTC Military Drill Team will be host to the annual Colonel Earl K. Buchan Invitational Drill Meet. Jason Crane/The Voice

Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles drill team program in its 71st year

Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles four man tandem drill team demonstrates its skills at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Marmion Academy is a Catholic-Benedictine college preparatory high school for young men. The Marmion drill team, in its 71st year, officially was formed in...

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Tom Mlynek served in the Tin Can Navy, saw the world

Tom Mlynek served in the Tin Can Navy, saw the world

By John Montesano –  The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club has named Tom Mlynek the October Veteran of the Month. He was born April 24, 1947 in Chicago. He grew up in McKinley Park, was graduated from Holy Trinity High School, and earned an associates degree at Wright Junior College....

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Wayne Johnson

Saga of kids, trains, and collecting coal from engines

While reading the column by The Chas (Charles Coddington) in the September 27 issue of The Voice (click here for article) about his early fascination with trains, it got me thinking about some broccoli I ate last night. No. I did think about it, but that’s not what I’m referring...

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Stephanie Kifowit and Fran Caffee recipients of Tenth Annual Women’s Power Lunch awards

By Jason Crane –  For a nearly a decade, the Women’s Power Lunch has honored women who do amazing things in the Fox Valley area. State representative Stephanie Kifowit received the 2018 Woman Of Power Award, Thursday, Sept. 20 at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora. Fran Caffee was honored with the...

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Naperville Responds For Veterans (NRFV) members, from left, Kelly Connell, Dan Jurjovec, Warren Dixon III, and Patrick Bowler, pose for a photo. The organization offers help to veterans in need from donations. John Montesano photo

Naperville Responds For Veterans renders assistance

By John Montesano –  Veteran of the Month is taking a break in September and will return in October. Instead, here is information on Naperville Responds For Veterans. Naperville Responds For Veterans (NRFV) assists veterans and their families in need, especially those with low- and moderate-income, by raising donations of...

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Marine veteran Alyssa Michelle receives help with a vehicle for her family, including her four kids. Those who helped include, from left, Mike Lee, president of the Kane County Teacher's Credit Union; Linda Chapa LaVia, State representative; Sherry Tatar, Alyssa's aunt; Alyssa Michelle Tatar; Jason McKie, Jason McKie Foundation, former Chicago Bears player; Michelle Novak-Cianferri; and Glen Muller, owner of Muller Acura of Merrillville, Ind.. Jessica Gonzales photo

Help for Marine veteran and Mother Alyssa Michelle

Marine veteran Alyssa Michelle receives help with a vehicle for her family, including her four kids. Those who helped include, from left, Mike Lee, president of the Kane County Teacher’s Credit Union; Linda Chapa LaVia, State representative; Sherry Tatar, Alyssa’s aunt; Alyssa Michelle Tatar; Jason McKie, Jason McKie Foundation, former...

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Navy League Council 247 speaker Captain Raymond C. Leung, commanding officer, Naval Station Great Lakes

The Aurora Navy League Council 247 will hold its monthly dinner meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Grandma’s Table Restaurant, 1700 Douglas Road, Montgomery, just north of Route 30. A reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.. The dinner includes a choice of three entrees, fish,...

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Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Department will host Aurora's annual September 11 Memorial Ceremony

Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Department will be host to Aurora’s annual September 11 Memorial Ceremony

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, Aurora public safety officials will be joined by mayor Richard C. Irvin and community members at the Aurora Police Department, 1200 E. Indian Trail. Marking the 17th anniversary of the tragedies in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, the ceremony will feature a...

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Combined help provides vehicle to mom of four

The Jason Mckie Foundation, in conjunction with Allstate Insurance Military and Veteran Programs, Illinois representative Linda Chapa LaVia, and the Muller Automotive Group, will give a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan to a former Marine and single mom of four, Alyssa Tatar. Tatar, who has been without her own reliable transportation,...

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The Chas delineates his military experience

If you have been following Wayne Johnson’s contributions to this publication, dear reader, you will know that he has spent some time in the military. By all accounts, it was a rich and rewarding experience, and he has cherished it ever since. Sadly, the same cannot be said of my...

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Montgomery Fest Parade Honored World War II Veteran Al Skyles

World War II Veteran Al Skyles Honored in Montgomery Fest Parade

Al Skyles, 94, in spite of Summer heat, uses an umbrella to shield the sun during Sunday’s Montgomery Fest parade. The World War II veteran was in the U.S. Navy and is a member of the VFW Post 7452 in Montgomery.  See the video of the parade at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason...

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Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club August Veteran of the Month Bob Mead

Radio operator Bob Mead turned to decorating, race cars

By John Montesano –  The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club has named Bob Mead the August Veteran of the Month. Charles Robert Mead was born April 30, 1940 and was raised in Oswego. At age eight, the family purchased a home in Oswego, the same house that Bob owns and...

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First Call

Fox Valley Newcomers Open House Aug. 15

To those who know someone who has gone through a life change because of: Retirement, loss of loved one, relocation, and is looking to connect to a great group of new friends? Bring them to the Fox Valley Newcomers and Neighbors Informational Open House! This special event will be Wednesday,...

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John Lindstedt recalls how the Polaris missile submarine fleet helped win the Cold War

Polaris missile submarine fleet helped win the Cold War

Milwaukee executive John Lindstedt, right, July 17 recalls how the Polaris missile submarine fleet helped win the Cold War. Lindstedt, U.S. Navy lieutenant (retired), was the speaker at the July dinner meeting of Aurora Navy League Council 247 at Grandma’s Table in Montgomery. Lindstedt served on the USS Kamehameha as...

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Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 Band

Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 Band plays in concert at RiverEdge Park in Aurora, July 4

The Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 Band plays in concert at RiverEdge Park in Aurora Wednesday, July 4 as part of the festivities. Later in the evening the fireworks were postponed by lightning in the sky and are set for Friday, July 27. Independence Day photos were in The Voice...

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Inaugural Armed Forces Run will be August 4

The American Legion Riders from Post 181 in Sandwich and Post 489 in Yorkville will be host to Armed Forces Run, 150 miles, Saturday, Aug. 4, to benefit Gifts to the Yanks Who Gave. Registration will be the day of the event at the Sandwich VFW, 713 S. Main Street,...

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Profound impression: Historical visit

By John Montesano –  For the past three years, The Voice has allowed me to write a feature story of a military veteran each month. It has been my privilege to obtain and tell these stories. Due to vacation plans, this month’s feature is not about a specific veteran, but...

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Brian M. McKnight Drug Enforcement Agency Chicago division head Aurora Navy League Council 247

Polaris Missile Submarine Aurora Navy League topic

The Aurora Navy League Council 247 will hold its monthly dinner meeting Tuesday, July 17 at Grandma’s Table Restaurant, 1700 Douglas Road, Montgomery, just north of U.S. Route 30. The after-dinner speaker will be Lieutenant John Lindstedt, USN (Ret.) whose topic will be The 41 For Freedom: How the Polaris...

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