Military news 2/13/03

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Wealer promoted to technical sergeant

Joel B. Wealer has been promoted to the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

Wealer is a French horn player assigned to the U.S. Air Force Band at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.

He is the son of Holly L. and John R. Wealer of N. Fifth St., Hannibal Mo. His wife, Jennifer, is the daughter of Randy Reisenbichler of Florence St., and Patty Turner, both of Jackson.

He graduated in 1994 from Hannibal High School, and received a bachelor's degree in 1998 from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. In 2001, Wealer earned a master's degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Lance Cpl. Hester on fifth month of deployment

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joe C. Hester, son of Stacia D. and Cliff C. Hester of 200 Country Club Drive, Scott City, is currently on his fifth month of deployment while assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), based in Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.

Hester is a 2000 graduate of Jacksonville High School of Jacksonville, Ark., and joined the Marine Corps in July, 2000.

-- From staff reports

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