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People in the news: South Charlotte, Sept. 7, 2016

Elizabeth Wooten, left, and Shirley Chatman shown at the 40th annual reunion of the Ravenell family. The two were responsible for connecting two segments of the family during the 1960s.
Elizabeth Wooten, left, and Shirley Chatman shown at the 40th annual reunion of the Ravenell family. The two were responsible for connecting two segments of the family during the 1960s.

Ravenell family

Celebration: The 40th annual Ravenell family reunion was held in July at Charlotte’s Double Tree Suites at SouthPark.

More than 200 people attended the event on July 15-17. Family members came from New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina, Ohio and North Carolina. The reunion was first held in 1976.

45 years of service

American Airlines: The company recently honored more than 200 employees celebrating at least 45 years of service and 35 or more years for pilots due to the mandatory retirement age. These special employees’ tenure with the airline combine to total nearly 10,000 years of experience. Among them, were the following local residents:

▪  Charles Lehman of Charlotte, 35 years as a pilot with American Airlines.

▪ Douglas J. Walton of Charlotte, 36 years as a pilot with American Airlines.

▪  Debra Barron of Huntersville, 45 years as a flight attendant with American Airlines.

▪  Robert L. Bauer of Huntersville, 35 years as a pilot with American Airlines.

▪  Eugene Dayman of Huntersville, 45 years as an airport customer service agent with American Airlines.

▪ Joseph Gomez of Huntersville, 45 years as a customer service supervisor with American Airlines.

▪ Van E. Short of Chesterfield, S.C., 37 years as a pilot with American Airlines.

▪ James Richards of Denver, 45 years as a maintenance inspectors with American Airlines.

▪ Ed W. Solek Jr., of Denver, 37 years as a pilot with American Airlines.

▪ Robert L. Woodson, Jr., of Fort Mill, S.C., 35 years as a pilot with American Airlines.

▪  Michael Mychalishyn of Fort Mill, S.C., 36 years as a pilot with American Airlines.

▪ Nancy Burdette of Lowell, 45 years as a flight attendant with American Airlines.

▪ M.P. Soutullo of Mooresville, 35 years as a pilot with American Airlines.

▪ W.B. Curtis of Mooresville, 35 years as a pilot with American Airlines.

▪ James s. Morris III, of Mooresville, 37 years as a pilot with American Airlines.

▪ Norman Oakley of Mooresville, 50 years as a maintenance inspector with American Airlines.

▪  John E. Vergeldt of Tega Cay, 35 years as a pilot with American Airlines.

▪ Michael E. Dendinger of Waxhaw, 35 years as a pilot with American Airlines.

▪ David W. Mullins of Matthews, 35 years as a pilot with American Airlines.

Military news

Ryan Ragoonath, a student at UNC Charlotte, has graduated from the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadet Initial Entry Training at Fort Knox, Ky.

The training is a 30-day outcome-driven event that trains and educates cadets on basic military tasks and develops the critical thinking skills necessary to become a U.S. Army officer. Cadets are observed and evaluated during classroom and field training exercises to determine their officer potential in leadership abilities and skills. Through challenging, motivating, “hands-on” training exercises, they acquire a sound understanding of traditional leadership values, fundamental military skills, Army principles and ethics and the Warrior ethos. Basic rifle marksmanship, small arms tactics, drill and ceremony, military communications, combat water survival training, rappelling, land navigation and squad-level operations field training are also components of the program.

The cadets graduate with greater discipline and physical conditioning and with newfound self-confidence, initiative, leadership skills, decision making and collective team cohesion.

Ragoonath is the son of David and Farina Ragoonath, and brother of Devon Ragoonath, all of Charlotte.

He is a 2015 graduate of Olympic High School, Charlotte.

U.S. Air Force Airman Emily R. Iwabuchi graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Iwabuchi is the daughter of Alisha L. Rome of Indian Trail, and Carlos M. Iwabuchi of Manor, Texas, and granddaughter of Mary B. Iwabuchi of Round Rock, Texas, and John D. Rome of Goliad, Texas. She is also the wife of Philip A. Warrenfeltz.

The airman graduated in 2013 from Ardrey Kell High School, Charlotte.

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