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Last updated: Wed. Jul. 02, 2014 - 07:19 am EDT

Blue Star banners honor more Fort Wayne military personnel

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Honoring military personnel

City of Fort Wayne workers hung 16 Blue Star Banners on Tuesday along West Jefferson Boulevard west of downtown. The banners honor:

Staff Sgt. Allissa C. Barnhorst, U.S. Army Reserve and Fort Wayne Police Department

Staff Sgt. Mark Barnhorst, U.S. Army Reserve

Tech. Sgt .Jeremy Chandler, U.S, Air Force Reserve

Lance Cpl. Austin G. Dunakin, U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sgt. Benjamin H. Fischer, U.S. Army

Lt. j.g. Christopher T. Gerber, U.S. Navy

Master Sgt. Annette L. Graham, U.S. Air Force

Staff Sgt. Cody Gull, U.S. Army

Lance Cpl. Gabriel Jacobson, U.S. Marine Corps

2nd Lt. Cody Miller, U.S. Army

Gunner Mate Jacob Miller, U.S. Navy

Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Miller II, U.S. Navy

Sgt. Michael Mitchell, U.S. Marine Corps

Lance Cpl. David Grames Sanchez, U.S Marine Corps

Pfc. Austin P. Vorndran, U.S. Army

1st Lt. Benedict Frank Zilka III, U.S. Army


With family and friends following along, Fort Wayne traffic operations sign division workers hung Blue Star banners Tuesday along West Jefferson Boulevard to honor city residents and employees who currently are deployed with U.S. military units.

Traffic cones kept any passing vehicles out of the outside lane of eastbound Jefferson as the city crew worked from Swinney Park west, hanging a banner every few streetlights.

Mayor Tom Henry announced the program in May, a city news release said. At that time, the city hung the first banner, which honors Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Kiess of the U.S. Army Reserve, who works in the city's Division of Public Works and is deployed overseas.

Family and friends of deployed military personnel are invited to complete a banner application at

After applications are reviewed, banners will be created honoring those service men and women, the news release said. The banners will be hung from April through November along West Jefferson from the Time Corners area to Swinney Park.

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