December 6, 2008
A Glendale man serving in Iraq is featured in a documentary film and book project that producers hope will give the public a better understanding of those who serve in the military. For Col. James D. McGinley of the U.S. Marine Corps, the film, “Warriors . . . In Their Own Words,” gave him the chance to talk about the challenges the troops faced in 2006 in Ramadi, which is in the Al Anbar Province in Iraq. “It was extremely dangerous,” he said, adding that it’s completely the opposite today, as shops are open and people are walking or driving freely.
June 10, 2009
As I sit here in Iraq missing Father’s Day with my family for the second time since Sept. 11, 2001, my mind wanders to the promise I made to my son the day he was born. As a former Marine who lost 241 brothers in the Beirut bombing on Oct. 23, 1983, Sept. 5, 2001, was the first time in 18 years that I knew why I wasn’t in that building. I held my son for the first time and thought of the Four Freedoms as four things I would promise him. If I could provide him these things, I would be a successful father.
November 4, 2006
BURBANK — The Burbank YMCA is confronting the issue of childhood obesity by launching "Building On Our Promise," a fundraising campaign that promotes healthy and active lifestyles. The goal is to raise $650,000, said Bryan Madden, chief executive officer of the Burbank YMCA. With the campaign on its way, the YMCA is working toward expanding its services and programs to its members, in particular children 8 to 12, the age group that is at risk for obesity, Madden said. "This is the first generation that will have a lower life-expectancy than their parents," Madden said.
March 18, 2011
BURBANK — As a U.S. Army combat soldier in Iraq, Ryan Welker has seen the devastation a war can reap on a country. However, his time in the Middle East couldn't have prepared him for the situation he has encountered the past eight days. Welker, who grew up in Burbank, is a sergeant stationed at Misawa Air Base in Aomori, Japan. Although his residence is 200 miles north of the epicenter of the massive earthquake that hit near Sendai on March 11, he has witnessed his share of damage, heartache and trauma associated with the tremor and a tsunami that struck the East Coast of the country.
May 12, 2001
Army Pvt. Weston M. Dugganstarr, son of George A. Duggan and Grace Shields of Glendale, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky. Army Pvt. Brian Y. Ahn, son of Yong Kum of Glendale, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky. Sgt. Sevak Alexandri, son of Arsen and Lily Alexandri of Glendale, joined the Marine Corp as an infantryman on Jan. 13, 1997, and served honorably for four years...
August 25, 2007
Army National Guard Spec. Dennis J. Wilson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches,...
February 21, 2004
Army Sgt. Nicholas J. Tihinen has been deployed to Iraq to support the mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The service member is regularly assigned to the 84th Engineer Combat Battalion at Schofield Barracks in Wahiawa, Hawaii. Tihinen is an intelligence analyst with six years of military service. He is the son of John C. Tihinen of Los Angeles and Shelley Stueve of Thousand Oaks. His wife, Jennifer, is the daughter of Rochelle Higgs of Burbank.