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Pair earn promotions within Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol members Sean Lower and John Atanasio received promotions at a June 17 ceremony at Clearwater Executive Airpark. Lower, 15, attained the rank of cadet captain and Atanasio, who has commanded the Clearwater Composite Squadron since 1995, was promoted to major.

With his promotion, Lower, who is home-schooled, received an Amelia Earhart award for completing 11 levels of leadership testing over the past three years. He is the son of Darlene Massey.

Atanasio, a World War II pilot, received an Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters for 50 combat missions and the Distinguished Flying Medal for outstanding service. He has been instrumental in obtaining a permanent building for CAP at the airpark.


Michael J. Oras recently graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethseda, Md., and was promoted to the rank of Navy lieutenant.

The university, which is the nation's only uniformed medical school, was established in 1972 by Congress as a tuition-free school under the Department of Defense. Students are prepared for worldwide duty as career physicians in the Army, Navy, Air Force and U.S. Public Health Service. In exchange for free tuition, graduates agree to seven years of active duty, which does not include an internship or residency.

Oras is a 1984 graduate of Gibbs High School and a graduate of the University of South Florida and the State University of New York, Regents.

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Aaron R. Kline, a 1992 graduate of Tarpon Springs High School, has graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned to the rank of ensign. He is the son of Frances Stephenson of Palm Harbor.

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Mark T. Jamison of Dunedin received a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., and received a deck merchant marine license at the ceremony. He was commissioned to the rank of Naval Reserve ensign. He is the son of James and Elizabeth Rouquie.

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Bradley Aldridge of East Lake graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy, Wayne, Pa.

He was captain of the lacrosse team and received two varsity letters and was voted most valuable player.

Completed training

Marine Pvt. Jordan M. Gold completed 12 weeks of basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He is the son of Robert S. and Martha B. Gold, Tarpon Springs.

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