ASHLYNN M. SOELLNER
Navy Midshipman Ashlynn M. Soellner recently selected her first ship assignment during a ship selection ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
Soellner is scheduled to report to the USS Fort McHenry.
Ship selection is the culmination of the service assignment process for Naval Academy midshipmen designated to serve as commissioned Navy Surface Warfare Officers upon graduation.
As Navy Surface Warfare Officers, these midshipmen may be in charge of any number of shipboard operations and activities while at sea and are trained extensively to maintain and operate Navy ships, their crews and their systems.
For the selection process, midshipmen are placed in order by their overall order of merit, which is their cumulative class rank based on academic, military and physical standings within their class.
The options available to the midshipmen for selection include a variety of Navy ships, such as destroyers and frigates, based out of homeports worldwide.
The future 243 Surface Warfare Officers of the Naval Academy class of 2014 will graduate May 23 and report for duty aboard their selected ships soon after.
Soellner is a 2009 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School.
She is the daughter of David L. and Krista J. Soellner of Hollidaysburg.
CHRISTOPHER L. HOGUE
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Christopher L. Hogue graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.
The airman 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 earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Hogue is a 2010 graduate of Portage Area High School. He earned an associate degree in 2013 from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Richland.
He is the son of Dave Hogue of Leechburg.