Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Father and son in the military

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Many families have a father and son following in each other’s footsteps, but few have a father serving in combat and a son training to serve alongside him. That is just what the Rosen family of Damascus is doing.

U.S. Navy Capt. Robert Rosen of Damascus began a yearlong tour in the International Zone in Baghdad in June. His son, U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jay Rosen, graduated May 19 from Loyola College in Maryland with a degree in business administration, a concentration in economics and a minor in theology. Upon graduating, Jay Rosen earned a commission in the Army as an infantry officer and will be a platoon leader with the 82nd Airborne Division.

In college, Jay Rosen served as a cadet in the Loyola College Army ROTC, earned the Superior Cadet award and graduated from Air Assault School, among other achievements.

Jay Rosen will join his father next year after he completes the Infantry Officer Leader Course and Airborne and Ranger School.

The 2003 graduate of Damascus High School says he never pictured himself where he is now, but he is thankful for the opportunity he and his father have been given to serve the country.

Robert Rosen has served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for 23 years and volunteered in February to go on active duty to serve in Iraq.

He helps the coalition forces in Iraq by planning and supervising convoy trips to areas outside of Baghdad to oversee the rebuilding of the county’s infrastructure.

Capt. Rosen says he will not return home until the United States forces give the Iraqis a stable country to live in and secure their freedom.

Waiting at home for their safe return are his wife, Cindy Rosen, and their daughter, Kelsey.

Passport fair setfor this weekend

The Damascus Post Office, located on 26400 Woodfield Road, will hold a passport fair from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Without appointments, customers will be able to get their pictures taken and apply for passports.

For details about passport requirements, visit⁄passport.

On campus

*Three 2007 graduates of Damascus High School have received scholarships to Frostburg State University this fall.

Michael Heyn of Damascus received the Academic Distinction Scholarship. He plans to study education with a concentration in history. He is the son of Alan and Karen Heyn. Meghan McNeel of Damascus, received the Academic Honor Scholarship. She will study psychology and criminal justice. Her guardians are Marie and Robert Myers. Toni Wertz of Boyds received the Academic Honor Scholarship. He plans to major in parks and recreation and is the son of Trent and Terry Wertz.

School Open Houses

Area schools will hold open houses this week to welcome new students and welcome back returning students.

*Cedar Grove Elementary: Friday, 2-3 p.m.Back to School Night for kindergarten families is Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

*Clarksburg Elementary School: Friday, 2-3 p.m.

*Clearspring Elementary: Friday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

*Damascus Elementary: Friday, 2-3 p.m.

*Little Bennett Elementary: Friday, 2-3 p.m.

*Lois P. Rockwell Elementary: Thursday, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

*Woodfield Elementary: Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. for kindergarten and 2-3 p.m. grades 1-5;

*John T. Baker Middle School: Thursday, 5-7 p.m.

*Rocky Hill Middle School: Thursday, 6-8 p.m.

*Clarksburg High School: Thursday, 7:25 to 11:10 a.m. for students new to the school only.

*Damascus High School: Thursday, 7:25 to 11:10 a.m. for ninth-graders only.

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