Veterans continue to shine after years of service
In celebration of Veterans Day, we are proud to honor just a few of our newsroom staff members who have served in the armed forces. These veterans have served our country for many years in many places and now serve their local communities by delivering excellent journalism as part of the GateHouse Media family. We thank all our vets for their service!
Jeff Brown, The Dover Post
U.S. Air Force, 1972-1994
Brown served as a Personnel Superintendent during his 22 years of service and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant. He has been stationed all over the world, including Florida, Germany, Korea, Mississippi, New York, Texas, Utah, and Washington, and deployed during the first Gulf War to Turkey and northern Iraq. He got his first taste of editorial experience with articles in several base newspapers.
Dale Robinson, Northwest Florida Daily News
U.S. Air Force, 1975-1995
Robinson retired from the United States Air Force in 1995 as a technical sergeant (E-6) after 20 years service. During his service he was a helicopter technician on the UH-1 Huey and the MH-53 Pave Low helicopters and served in Desert Storm. He worked as the Home Delivery Manager for the Destin Log from 1997 until 2007 and is currently the Circulation District Manager for the Northwest Florida Daily News and the Crestview News Bulletin.
Jim Ware, StarNews
Ware entered the Army in 1970 and completed his basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He continued on to complete an advanced training for communications at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He was then assigned to the 34th Signal Battalion in Ludwigsburg, Germany, where he served as editor of the battalion newspaper, Five Bye, and the clerk/driver to the commanding officer until March 1972. When discharged, he held the title Specialist Five. Currently, Ware is the Public Safety Editor at StarNews in Wilmington, North Carolina. Here’s a photo of him as a private first class on leave at his home in Huntington, West Virginia after graduating from advanced training.
Handke was stationed on the Air Craft Carrier FD Roosevelt from 1968 to 1970. Prior to that he was stationed in Mayport, Florida on shore duty. Today, Handke serves as a building maintenance specialist at the Times News Group, which consists of the Pekin Daily Times and five weeklies: the East Peoria Times-Courier, Washington Times-Reporter, Morton Times-News, Chillicothe Times-Bulletin, and Woodford Times.