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Adjutant General Recognizes 31 DMVA Employees and PNG Members for Extraordinary Service to the Commonwealth, Nation

09/20/2022

Harrisburg, PA - Today, 31 Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) employees and Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) members were recognized for their extraordinary service to veterans and citizens across the commonwealth and nation. The ceremony took place as part of Pennsylvania National Guard and Veterans Day at the State Capitol, an event to raise awareness and support for both the DMVA and PNG.

The PNG is the second largest National Guard in the nation and is comprised of nearly 18,000 soldiers and airmen who reside in every county across the commonwealth. The PNG is part of the DMVA’s dual mission, which also includes providing programs and services to Pennsylvania’s nearly 800,000 veterans, the fourth largest veteran population in the nation.

“It is with great pride that we honor these dedicated men and women for leading by example and demonstrating our agency’s values of integrity, selfless service, diversity, courage and respect,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA. “Together, we serve our communities, our commonwealth and our country – a heavy lift for many, but one our agency excels at because of special people like those recognized today.”

The 31 individuals recognized for their extraordinary service are:

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

  • Oumie Bojang, Harrisburg, Dauphin County
  • Loria A. Buffington, Tower City, Schuylkill County
  • Tiffany Jo Cleary, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County
  • Rocco Connors, Weatherly, Carbon County
  • Mary Anne Dibbins, Duncansville, Blair County
  • Todd Alan Eakin, Lebanon, Lebanon County
  • Craig Herring, Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County
  • Jeffery E. King, Carlisle, Cumberland County
  • Lisa Lehman, Fredericksburg, Lebanon County
  • Jeremiah Mensah, Sinking Spring, Berks County
  • Melanie Ann Morris, Harrisburg, Dauphin County
  • Deborah Olivieri, Levittown, Bucks County
  • Cheryl L. Reigle, Hummelstown, Dauphin County
  • Bhuvana Shanmugam, Hershey, Dauphin County
  • Timothy Jay Snyder, Jonestown, Lebanon County
  • Trudi Stankinas, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County
  • Justin Strouphauer, Muir, Schuylkill County

Pennsylvania Air National Guard

  • Senior Airman Joey Cotto, Etters, York County
  • Staff Sgt. Julinda Karamuca-Garcia, Brooklyn, NY
  • Master Sgt. Katrina M. Wetzel, Ashland, Schuylkill County

Pennsylvania Army National Guard

  • Staff Sgt. Dana Battersby, Lykens, Dauphin County
  • Staff Sgt. Courtney Lee Burgard, Sunbury, Northumberland County
  • Sgt. 1st Class Marcos Figueroa, Gilbertsville, Montgomery County
  • Staff Sgt. Robert Dustin Hodson, Reading, Berks County
  • Maj. Mantas Kazakevicius, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Sgt. John Marra, Thorndale, Chester County
  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tara Lynn Raine, New Cumberland, York County
  • Sgt. Taneya Rivera, Kutztown, Berks County
  • Staff Sgt. Maria Guadalupe Suarez-Moya, Arendtsville, Adams County
  • Capt. Brandon Sweeney, Womelsdorf, Berks County
  • Sgt. Justin William Wright, Reinholds, Lancaster County

To learn more about the DMVA, visit us online at www.dmva.pa.gov or follow us at www.facebook.com/padmva or www.twitter.com/padmva.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joseph Butera, DMVA - jobutera@pa.gov

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