September 09, 2018 Governor Wolf Recognizes Pennsylvania National Guard Troops Headed to the Middle East Press Release Johnstown, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined approximately 160 soldiers with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 28th Military Police Company who were honored in a ceremony at Richland High School in Johnstown today as they prepare to depart for a deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.“Pennsylvania is honored and proud to support our service members, veterans and their families,” said Governor Wolf. “Thank you, 28th Military Police Company, for your willingness to serve and your dedication to your community, commonwealth and country. Know that while you are deployed, Pennsylvania will pray for you and continue to support your families. Best wishes for a safe deployment.”The 28th Military Police Company will be conducting customs operations. Operating in one of the most dynamic regions of the world, their presence will enhance security cooperation and reassure our partners and allies in the region.“As you embark on this major commitment to defend freedom and liberty throughout the world, you join the more than 35,000 other members of the Pennsylvania National Guard that have deployed and sacrificed since 9/11,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general. “This next year will be very challenging for you and your families. We cannot thank you enough for your unwavering dedication to this very important mission.”The unit traces its lineage back to 1964 as part of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. In 2007 it deployed troops to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism.“I feel blessed that I have the ability to serve with soldiers who are willing to answer the call to duty in time of war and peace, at home and abroad in order to protect our nation, our freedoms and our families,” said Lt. Col. Brad Pierson, commander of the 156th Military Police Battalion. “Now the call for your service has come and you have answered that call. Stay mission-focused and continue the proud history of the 28th Military Police Company.”Departure ceremonies are held to honor the courage needed both by those who serve, and the families, friends and employers who support them. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
A veteran of 18 years in the IMCA Modified division, Josh McGaha earned his career-first Razor Chassis Southern Central Region crown this season. (Photo by Mandi Faulks)ABILENE Texas – Josh McGaha stayed close to home and stayed consistent throughout the 2018 race season.As a result, he’ll be looking for the best place to show off the Razor Chassis South Central Region championship hardware.The veteran of 18 IMCA Modified seasons won seven features and counted nine second-place showings in just 36 starts, winning the track championship at his hometown Abilene Speedway for the fifth time along with his career first regional crown.“It just kind of happened,” McGaha said of the regional quest. “My kids (Gavin, 13, and Jaxon, 8) were playing baseball so I hung around town more than I have the past couple years. That opened the door for me to race for the region.”“It’s an awesome feeling to have won it,” he continued. “I’ve been close before but it never unfolded the way we needed it to. This is definitely a milestone in my career.”The Modified is the only division of race car McGaha has competed in. He began racing against the likes of Henry Witt Jr. shortly after turning 16 and owns 82 career feature wins after ending 11th in this year’s national points race.McGaha won five of 19 starts at Abilene and traveled to six other venues in Texas and one in Oklahoma over the course of the season.He was fifth in the inaugural Red River Modified Tour, leading all 25 laps in topping the $1,000 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event at 281 Speedway.“We’d won the Friday before at Heart O’ Texas Speedway when they had more than 40 cars and there were more than 70 cars at Stephenville,” McGaha said. “Wins on nights like those, and at Abilene when my family was there and joined me in victory lane were special.”McGaha’s statistics show 28 top five finishes in 36 starts. His closest competition for the regional championship came from national rookie of the year and 11-time feature winner Jeffrey Abbey.“We were real consistent. We ended up with quite a few races at Abilene and we had a ton of second place finishes, which paid off for us at the end,” he said. “This is such a wide region – it‘s humongous down here. People have taken note that we’re the regional champion and we’re proud of it. It shows how much the work we’ve done over the years has paid off.”Wins-7 Top Five Finishes-28 Starts-36HIS CREW: Wife Mandi and Cody Upfold.HIS SPONSORS: A City Speed, Fletcher’s Custom Engines and All Pro Clutch & Driveline, all of Abilene; Dirt Defender of Red Oak; Stephenville Starter and Electric of Stephenville; Dave Leech Construction of San Angelo; and Rowdy C Racing Specialties of Sweetwater.
Ard San Aer broke smartly in the five-furlong contest and led the field of juveniles along before being joined by stablemate Mimicking down the outside going to the furlong pole. The 2-1 favourite, racing in the colours of Godolphin from her wide draw in stall one, soon asserted and she went away to score by a length and three-quarters in the hands of Kevin Manning. Bolger, later successful with Flight Risk and Parish Hall, said: “Kevin was very happy with her. She could go for the Marble Hill (at the Curragh next month) and maybe (Royal) Ascot. She was a little bit green but was on her own out there, and I thought she did it well from the stall she was in. The second is speedy and hopefully he has a future as well.” Manning added: “She has done it well. She had an outside draw into a headwind, but I couldn’t afford to be dropping in. They were all abreast across the track. She’s done it the hard way. She picked up when she met the rising ground. I’d be very pleased with her.” Penny Pepper (5-1) finished second on both her runs when trained by Eve Johnson Houghton in England last year, and she took the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden on her Irish debut for the Kevin Prendergast team. Always prominent under the in-form Chris Hayes, she asserted from the quarter-mile pole to score by two and a half lengths without being threatened as Countess Constance grabbed second spot. Prendergast said: “She was in training in England last year and I have had her since January. Hopefully she can get some black type. She travelled nicely and was a little bit fresh. I trained the dam (Evening Time) and she was quite good.” Hayes added: “She had been doing things nicely without us turning the screw. I was very happy with her. What sort of race it was I don’t know – to be honest, it didn’t ride the strongest of races. All my filly can do is improve. I’d say her overall target would maybe be that big sprint for three-year-olds only in Naas in a couple of weeks’ time.” Aidan O’Brien took the concluding Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden for three-year-olds with the yard’s supposed second string, the debutant Sandro Botticelli (11-1), ridden by Seamie Heffernan. Stablemate Los Barbados was sent off the favourite but got into a barging match down the outside as Sandro Botticelli, a son of Galileo, slipped through on the rails to win by three-quarters of a length. Jim Bolger initiated a treble when he sent out two newcomers in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at the Curragh to land a one-two for the stable. Press Association