November 29, 1990 |
Ronald Jean-Baptiste, 22, the Haitian-born Air Force reservist who refused to go to Saudi Arabia when he was called to duty Oct. 19, sat quietly yesterday through the first phase of a military justice procedure at McGuire Air Force Base that could lead to four years in prison. Jean-Baptiste, who said he joined the reserve in 1988 to climb from an impoverished neighborhood in New York City's East Flatbush section, could be the first reservist to face a court-martial for ignoring orders to participate in Operation Desert Shield.
July 17, 1997 |
From the edge of the Willow Grove Airfield, as another bulbous Hercules C-130 cargo plane lumbers into the sky like a giant, thundering illusion, it's easy to think about the future. About the horizon these flying mastodons blast into, the fantastic power they have harnessed and the modern times they represent. But even beneath this trembling stretch of sky, it is the past that resonates with Frank Lagan. "Not that many people in this country know how this happened," Lagan said.
March 18, 1991 |
Welcoming troops home for the first time since the Persian Gulf war ended, President Bush hailed soldiers here yesterday for ridding the United States of "old ghosts and doubts" about its strength. Bush, stopping here on his way back to Washington after a five-day trip abroad, got a tumultuous reception from more than 10,000 cheering, flag-waving troops and residents at the local high school football stadium. "Welcome home," he told the soldiers. "We're delighted to have you all back.
December 16, 2004 |
Michael Warner, a retired Army colonel who lives in Southampton, was selected last night before a crowd of 100 in Mount Holly to lead Burlington County's ruling Republican Party. Warner, 59, succeeds Glenn R. Paulsen, 57, a lawyer from Riverton who announced his departure Saturday. Warner takes the helm of a rock-solid GOP committee built in the 1970s by former cranberry grower J. Garfield DeMarco and guided since 1990 by Paulsen. Dawn Lacy, 33, of Mount Laurel, an Air Force veteran who runs the county's Young Republicans, was selected vice chairman by the committee.
December 27, 1990 |
More than 500 acres of Horsham Township is covered by a Naval Air Station named after Willow Grove - a situation that leaves some proud Horshamites feeling forgotten. (The community of Willow Grove lies within Upper Moreland and Abington Townships.) The fact that the Willow Grove Naval Air Station is exempt from federal, state and local taxes is - to many current and former township officials - a large, painful sliver in Horsham's collective backside. "They take tax dollars, they might as well take the name," said Councilman James F. Doherty during a November council meeting.
August 25, 1988 |
Fred C. Gardner is still fighting memories of the Korean War. Memories of 34 months of constant beatings, verbal harassment, forced marches and confinement in water-filled pits. "I can still run my fingers along grooves in my shins, a result of the constant beatings at the hands of my Red Chinese guards, swatting American servicemen with lengths of bamboo poles," Gardner recalled yesterday at the Philadelphia Naval Base during ceremonies honoring former POWs. "I was 265 pounds, and stood 6-2, barefoot.
March 1, 1988 |
Admitted sex offender David Cranshaw poured out his life story to a Delaware County judge yesterday, but it did no good. Cranshaw still got the maximum prison sentence - five to 20 years on charges that he videotaped himself having sex with a 15-year-old Philadelphia youth at his sister's apartment in Upper Darby during the summer of 1986. Cranshaw, 35, entered a sobbing, halting 10-minute guilty plea to charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and sexual abuse of children.
September 12, 1993 |
You may have worked hard at making the family business successful. But will you pass the reins to your children? Do you trust them to do as well? The Delaware Valley Family Business Forum may offer answers Sept. 21 at the Indian Valley Country Club in Telford. "Communicating Values Across Generations in Business Families" will be the topic of a talk by Craig E. Aronoff, a consultant for Nation's Business magazine. "All family businesses face the challenge of passing leadership and financial power from one generation to the next," said Henry Landes, president of the Delaware Valley Family Business Center.
September 28, 2009 |
Long before the melding process began in Burlington and Ocean Counties, the Army, Air Force, and Navy were crossing traditional service boundaries. They shared real estate and worked together on multimillion-dollar projects at Fort Dix, McGuire Air Force Base, and Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station. And that cooperation - as far back as the early 1990s - paid off when defense budget-cutters passed over South Jersey. This week, after years of acting as one, the bases officially become one: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
June 23, 1993 |
Airman Jackson was a mess hall cook. Oh, he could load, aim and fire a carbine. And if he was sober, he might even have hit someone. But that wasn't really what he was trained to do. Nevertheless, he had to pull night guard duty like everyone else. And like everyone else, he hated it. Especially since the Korean War had ended and he was boozily waiting to be rotated back to the States. So that night he was on a lonely flight line, watching over a row of fighter planes.