Klingshirn completes pre-deployment training
Marine Corps James M. Klingshirn, son of Shelia R. Klingshirn of Wilmore and James H. Klingshirn of Orlando, Fla., and fellow Marines assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics, Military Police Company Alpha of Lexington recently completed pre-deployment training in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
His unit is scheduled to deploy in early August to various locations in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Headquarters and Service Battalion provides combat logistics support in the areas of administration, automated data processing, communications, food service, personnel retrieval and processing, military police and CBRN to 4th Marine Logistics Group and Combat Logistics Elements in support of Marine Air Ground Task Forces and other missions as directed.
For more information about Military Police Company A, visit www.marines.mil/unit/marforres/4thMLG/hqsvbn/Pages/MPCoA/Default.aspx.
Klingshirn is a 1999 graduate of Lafayette High School in Lexington and joined the Marine Corps in March 2000.
York retires from US Navy
Machinery Repairman Second Class, Surface Warfare Jackie D. York has retired from the United States Navy and transferred to the Fleet Reserve on Dec. 31, 2010, after 20 years of good and faithful service. York is the son of Jerry and Ella York of Nicholasville; the husband of Denise York; the father of Victoria Dieterich, Kelsey Caudill, Taylor York and Zachary York; and the grandfather of Kamaya Caudill and Darrine Crockton Jr.
Petty Officer York has traveled to many countries and has been a part of many campaigns during his 20-year career. York joined the United States Navy and went to San Diego, California, for Boot Camp in 1990 and from there he went to the following commands over a 20-year period: San Diego, Calif., Machinery Repairman “A” School; New London/Groton, Conn.; U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69); NAVTESTWINGLANT (AIMD) Patuxent River, Md.; PCU Ronald Reagan/U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN-76); SIMA Norfolk/MARMC; U.S.S. Mason (DDG-87); Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Norfolk.
During his different commands, he was qualified as an intermediate maintenance activity nuclear worker in a nuclear repair work center, nuclear power training unit and maintenance training group. He went through the First Line leadership program and completed machinist apprenticeship for his Journeyman card. He distinguished himself through professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as a work center supervisor and assistant supervisor at various commands.
He was an exceptional field training officer for the Security Department onboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), and with his exceptional leadership abilities, outstanding professional knowledge, and a total dedication to duty, he received many awards and honors, including the following: State of Connecticut Governor Letter of Appreciation (M. Jodi Rell); State of Florida Governor Letter of Appreciation (Charlie Crist); Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor Letter of Appreciation (Steven L. Beshear); State of Maryland Governor’s Citation (Martin O’Malley); State of California Governor Letter of Appreciation (Arnold Schwarzenegger); Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Letter of Appreciation/Certificate (Robert F. McDonnell); Intramural Golf League Champions; Commissioned Kentucky Colonel; The House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Certificate; The Senate of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Certificate; Kentucky Key to the City of Nicholasville; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Expert Rifle Medal; Expert Pistol Medal; Meritorious Unit Award (two awards); Navy Good Conduct Award (six awards); National Defense Service Medal (two awards); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards); Leadership Award (two awards); Sea Service Deployment (two awards); NATO Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star; Captain Letter of Commendation; Admiral Letter of Commendations; Citation, Secretary of the Navy; Presidential Sports Award. He aggressively pursued his professional and military duties with zeal and initiative. He was a loyal and disciplined leader who was a strong advocate of all command programs.
He exhibited admirable integrity and flawless personal behavior, and ensured quality results regardless of scope or complexity of his tasking. For most professionals, a long and highly decorated career in the Navy has been a life’s accomplishment.
He attributes his success to his work ethics, goal-oriented nature, values, education and the support he received from his parents, family, friends and peers.
Petty Officer York is a 1976 graduate of Jessamine County High School.