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Joseph Tandy’s life was based on service. The Mattituck native was a veteran of Operation: Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, where his efforts to repair emergency evacuation helicopters helped save dozens of lives.

As an Air Force reservist, he worked full-time in Westhampton to maintain the reserve’s helicopters. READ

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A teacher holds a stack of letters from military volunteers after Lt. Col. Shawn Fitzgerald's presentation in a Cutchogue classroom Friday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A teacher holds a stack of letters from military volunteers after Lt. Col. Shawn Fitzgerald’s presentation in a Cutchogue classroom Friday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Earlier this year, kindergarteners and second-graders from classes at Cutchogue East Elementary School decorated and packed small bags with candy to send to Air Force Lt. Col. Shawn Fitzgerald and the rest of the 103rd Rescue Squadron stationed in eastern Africa.

On Friday, they got a very special kind of thank you from Lt. Col. Fitzgerald — whose two sons, Colin and Trevor, are in the classes — and the service members he deployed with.  (more…)

03/28/14 8:00am
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U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd class Vernetta Taylor of Greenport poses while serving at Camp Eggers in Afghanistan. (Credit: Courtesy)

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd class Vernetta Taylor of Greenport poses while serving at Camp Eggers in Afghanistan. (Credit: Courtesy)

After serving at the Camp Eggers military base in Afghanistan for the past 10 months, U.S. Navy Reserve Petty Officer 2nd Class Vernetta Taylor is finally back home.

The Greenport resident — a former Air Force servicewoman who joined the reserves to travel the world and further her education — returned home last week from her deployment to a joyful reunion with her two adult daughters. (more…)