On Sunday, July 8th a celebration was held at the Waynedale Memorial Park. This was not a Fourth of July celebration, it was a celebration for Corey Trosper who brought us our freedom. Corey recently returned home from Kuwait.

While fighting for our country, Corey received an outstanding achievement award while serving as Combat Engineer, C Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force. Lance Corporal Trosper was a valuable asset both in preparation for and during the execution of assault bridging operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
During a rigorous medium girder bridge training regimen at Camp Peliliu, Kuwait, Lance Corporal Trosper put forth an outstanding effort and earned the privilege of serving on the Company’s elite 20-Marine Team to compete in the Battalion Bridge Competition. In the competition’s finals, Lance Corporal Trosper led by example, shouting words of encouragement to his peers while hauling and connecting the heavy bridge components, thereby greatly contributing to his team’s victory. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lance Corporal Trosper served as a high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle and dump truck driver for over 700 miles of combat convoys without incident, accident or complaint. Through his actions, Lance Corporal Trosper significantly facilitated the mobility of the C ompany towards forward objectives. Lance Corporal Trosper’s uncommon devotion, dedication to duty and Esprit De Corps reflected credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and The United States Naval Service.

The war in Iraq – officially declared over – continues for the families of men and women still serving. Corey will be leaving for Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC, to continue his training in combat engineering on Wednesday, July 9th.



Marine Corps Pfc. Paulo J. Allege, son of Corrie L. and Federico F. Allege of Fort Wayne, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Allege and fellow recruits began their training at 5am by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Allege spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments, which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry init during field training.

Allege and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps’ core values – honor, courage, and commitment, and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.

Allege and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hours, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as “Marines” for the first time in their careers.