Jun 8, 2012 Staff

Maj. Urish completes 12 years of military service

Maj. Luke Urish grew up in Lander and graduated from LVHS in 1996 and the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA-Colorado Springs) in 2000. There, he earned a bachelor of science degree in legal studies and after graduation attended Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance AFB, Okla., where he earned his pilot wings in 2002. He was subsequently assigned to Yokota AB, Japan, to fly the C-9 medevac missions all over the Asia-Pacific region.

Upon completion of his tour in Japan, Urish was stationed at McGuire AFB, N.J., to fly worldwide air refueling missions on the KC-10. During this assignment, he quickly upgraded to aircraft commander, instructor pilot and evaluator before becoming a highly qualified Formal Training Unit instructor pilot.

He is the only USAF exchange instructor pilot with the Indian Air Force and is responsible for teaching IAF cadets in Stage 2 fighter training.

Urish has served as an executive officer, scheduler and in mobility/readiness, as well as deputy chief of Standardization and Evaluation and deputy chief of the KC-10 FTU. He is a senior pilot with more than 3,400 flying hours, including more than 1,400 instructor hours and nearly 700 combat hours.

Urish has completed 12 years of active duty military service, during which he has traveled all over the world. He has been blessed with many unique opportunities through the military and plans to continue serving the United States.

Riverton resident named to Clarkson College dean's list

Clarkson College in Omaha, Neb., is pleased to announce Crystal Ellsworth was named to the spring 2012 dean's list.

Ellsworth is pursuing a master of science degree in nursing with a family nurse practitioner focus. She is employed by Riverton Memorial Hospital.

Lander resident named to Harding University dean's list

SEARCY, Ark. -- Lander resident Benjamin Shipley is among more than 1,000 Harding University students included on the dean's list for grades achieved during the spring semester.

The dean's list is published each semester by Dr. Larry Long, university provost, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade point average.

With an enrollment of more than 7,100 students, Harding is the largest private university in Arkansas and attracts more National Merit Scholars than any other private university in the state. Harding also maintains campuses in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia.

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