Military news in the Mid-Hudson Valley: Jan. 7, 2018



• William F. Forte V, the son and grandson of Kingston residents, was promoted by the Army to the rank of sergeant first class.

A 2004 Kingston High School graduate, he is currently assigned to Camp David, the presidential retreat in Hauvers, Md. His current job title is non-commissioned officer in charge.

Forte was previously assigned for more than six years with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in New York and served 1 1/2 years in Afghanistan. In addition, he was assigned to the White House Communications Agency for six years during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations.

Forte graduated in 2015 from American Military University in Charleston, W.Va., with a bachelor of arts degree.


He is the son of retired Army Sgt. 1st Class William J.J. Forte and Barbara J. Forte, both of Kingston, and the grandson of retired Army Master Sgt. Joseph S. Forte.

The following area residents serving in the New York Army National Guard were promoted:

• Matthew Malican of Red Hook, assigned to the 10th Mountain Division Mobile Command Post Operations Detachment, to the rank of staff sergeant.

• Joseph Camperlino of Shandaken, assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-69th Infantry, to the rank of specialist.


• U.S. Air Force Airman Orin C. Pickering III, a 1996 Catskill High School graduate, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

Airmen completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Pickering is the son of Deborah L. Russell of Castleton-on-Hudson, N.Y., and Orin C. Pickering of Moira, N.Y.

The following area residents serving in the New York Army National Guard graduated from basic combat training and advanced individual training:

• Pfc. Makayla Shearer of Kingston. She was assigned to the Intelligence and Sustainment Company, 42nd Infantry Division.

• Hope Dyer of Staatsburg. She was assigned to the 1569th Transportation Company.

They were formally welcomed to their assignments during a transition ceremony at the Leeds Armory in Catskill on Dec. 3.

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