Community Extra: In uniform
Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James A. Kessler, a Mountlake Terrace native, is retiring this summer from the Marine Corps. Most recently he served as the commander of Marine Corps Installations Command, National Capital Regional Command, Arlington, Va. Kessler provided oversight and direction for 24 Marine Corps installations worldwide, encompassing 12,000 facilities on 2.5 million acres, with 30,000 management personnel and a $4 billion budget. Kessler, who graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School in 1976, began his 33-year Marine Corps career when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant by his brother, now retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Mike Kessler, when Jim Kessler graduated in June 1980 from the University of Washington. His overseas deployments included Kuwait, Iraq and Okinawa. He also served as an aide to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Kessler earned advanced degrees in military studies from Marine Corps University, a master of science in systems management from the University of Southern California, and a master of science in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was promoted to his current rank as a two-star general in 2010. His mother Nancy Thurmond lives in Everett, and his sister Colleen Jones lives in Marysville. Kessler is married to Debbi Eaton Kessler, also a Mountlake Terrace graduate.
Air Force Airman Trevor J. Eddy graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Eddy is the son of Cyndie and Kevin Eddy of Lynnwood. He is a 2008 graduate of Lynnwood High School.
Army Reserve Pvt. David J. Dunn-LaFrance has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Dunn-LaFrance is the brother of Shelby Dunn-LaFrance of Snohomish. He is a 2012 graduate of Mariner High School.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Abram F. Goodloe, son of Margo Beth and Gerald Goodloe of Snohomish, along with 90 other sailors aboard the USS Freedom, recently conducted an amphibious assault exercise with Malaysian Army paratroopers. Goodloe is a 1996 graduate of Snohomish High School and joined the Navy in March 2004.
Army Pfc. Timothy B. Fender Jr. has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Fender is the son of Timothy and Suzanne Fender of Oak Harbor. He is a 2009 graduate of Oak Harbor High School.
Army Reserve Pvt. Brandon J. Moser has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Moser is a 2012 graduate of Marysville Pilchuck High School.
Air Force 1st Lt. Christopher Ames has completed training at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, and is now a B-1 Lancer Bomber pilot. He is stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D. Ames is the son of Rusty and Debby Ames of Lake Stevens. He is a 2006 graduate of Lake Stevens High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Washington.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 12: 7 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Lynnwood Elks Club, 6620 196th St. SW. All combat-wounded veterans who were awarded the Purple Heart are welcome to attend. Call Keith Reyes, 360-631-4467.
Disabled American Veterans, Martin T. Sofi Sunshine Chapter 13: 11:30 a.m. second Thursdays, Lynnwood Elks, 6620 196th St. SW. Call Gil, 425-742-1600.
Coast Guard Auxiliary: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Port of Everett Conference Center, 404 14th St. Marie Porterfield, 425-629-3241, 509-949-6715 or Marie.Porterfield64@gmail.com.
Fleet Reserve Association and Ladies Fleet Reserve Association Unit and Branch 18: Lunch noon, meeting 1 p.m. second Saturdays, 23003 56th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace. 425-771-2774.
Veterans: A group of veterans of wars in foreign lands (not associated with VFW) meets at 1 p.m., second Wednesdays, Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard, Everett. Call 425-257-8780.
Sultan VFW Post 2554 and Ladies Auxiliary: 7 p.m., second Thursdays, United Methodist Church, 211 Birch Ave., Sultan. Call Commander Chuck Donahue 425-870-0235.
Arlington Boyer-Daniel VFW Post 1561: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays. For meeting location, call 425-232-8453, 360-435-6677 or go to vfw1561.org. Veterans who have served honorably and received a combat or campaign medal are eligible to join.
Monroe VFW Post 7511: 7 p.m., second Thursdays, IOOF Hall, 610 Lewis St., Monroe. Call Ken, 425-315-3509.
Edmonds VFW Post 8870 and Ladies Auxiliary: Lunch at 11:45 a.m., meeting at 12:30 p.m. second Fridays, Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds. Call Fred at 206-940-7502, email firstname.lastname@example.org or [URL]www.vfw8870.org.;http://www.vfw8870.org [URL]
Snohomish Gay Jones VFW Post 921 and Auxiliary: 1 p.m. second Saturdays, Boys & Girls Club, 402 Second St., Snohomish. Most overseas veterans are eligible. Help for all veterans who need a hand-up. Call 425-397-7111.
Everett Old Guard VFW Post 2100: 6:30 p.m. fourth Thursdays, 2711 Oaks Ave., Everett. Ladies Auxiliary 2100: 6:30 p.m. second Monday. Call 425-337-1559 or go to [/URL]www.vfwpost2100.org;http://www.vfwpost2100.org[URL].
Lynnwood VFW Post 1040: first Thursdays, Alderwood Youth Club, 19619 24th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Call Martin, 425-774-7416, or Frank, 425-697-4102.
Gold Bar Martin-Osterholtz VFW Post 9417: 6 p.m. first Thursdays. Call "Sarge" Watkins at 425-931-1638. Ladies Auxiliary: 4 p.m. first Thursdays. Call Arden King at 360-793-2786.
Oak Harbor's Whitehead-Muzzall VFW Post 7392: 360-675-4048 or go to [/URL]vfwpost7392.org;http://vfwpost7392.org.
Legion Post 178: 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Legion Hall, Second Street and Cedar Avenue NE, Marysville. Social hour at 6 p.m. Call 360-722-7825; write to email@example.com; or go to [URL]americanlegion178wa.cfsites.org.
Legion Post 234: 7 p.m. second Mondays, Legion Hall, 22909 56th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace. Call Frank Martinez, 425-697-4102.
Legion Post 37: 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Lynnwood Elks Club, 6620 196th St. SW. Call 425-585-0279.
Legion Post 76: Arlington American Legion, 115 N. Olympic Ave. Call 360-435-2492.
Legion Post 92: Stanwood offers prime rib dinner, 4:30 p.m., third Fridays. Legion and auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m., second Mondays, 26921 88th Ave. NW, Stanwood. Service office, 360-629-8021, open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to help veterans.
Legion Post 66: 6 p.m. third Mondays, Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds. Call John, 425-743-7430.
Legion Post 96: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Legion Hall, 1201 First St., Snohomish. Call 360-568-5340.
Legion Post 58: 7 p.m. third Tuesdays, Odd Fellows Building, 610 Lewis St., Monroe. Call Bob at 360-863-3544 or go to www.americanlegionmonroe.org.
Legion Post 6: 7 p.m. second Thursdays, the Fleet Reserve Association Club, 6802 Beverly Blvd., Everett. Call Marvin at 425-224-4137.
Legion Post 181: 7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Lake Stevens Community Center, 1812 124th Ave. NE. Call Tom at 425-314-5865, Tony at 360-631-3242, or Vern at 425-343-9637; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or go to [URL]www.post181.org;http://www.post181.org.
To submit news for this column, contact reporter Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427
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