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Paul A. Raggio, a former Glendale resident and son of Lynne and Carl

Raggio of Glendale, was promoted to full colonel andreceived his orders

to take Command at Fort Bragg in July.

He is now commander of the 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne.)


This is the only Military Police Brigade in the Army made up of

paratroopers. He is also the Corps Provost Marshal. He advises the XVIII

Airborne Corps, which includes Fort Bragg, Fort Polk, Fort Drum, Fort

Stewart and Fort Campbell. He is also the director of the Public Safety


Business Center.

Col. Raggio attended Eugene Field Elementary School, Toll Junior High

and Hoover High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from the

University of Santa Clara.

Phillip Schmidt, the son of Tom and Lynda Schmidt of San Fernando,

achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

For his Eagle project, Schmidt cleaned up and landscaped the entry of

the Pioneer Cemetery in Sylmar. The cemetery is a state historical


landmark. He also installed a new walkway.

Schmidt has reached the rank of Brotherhood in the Order of the Arrow.

He graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in 1999 where he lettered

in football for three years. He was also a part of the Humanities


Thomas Poole, the son of Cal and Naomi Poole of Tujunga, received the

rank of Eagle Scout as more than 80 friends, troop members and Scout

officials attended a Court of Honor.


For his Eagle project, Poole organized, managed and participated in

the clearing of almost three-quarters of an acre of overgrown underbrush

near Mount Mooney in the Angeles National Forest. Tom, 14 other Scouts

and 10 adults contributed a total of 590 hours to the project.

During his time as a Scout, Poole has earned a total of 23 merit

badges and has served in several leadership positions. These include

patrol leader, quartermaster, instructor, senior patrol leader and troop

guide. He has also reached the rank of Brotherhood in the Order of the


He is a graduate of Sunland’s Advanced Education Academy and is

working and apprenticing as an electrician.

Joan L. Klengler of Burbank, recently earned an award for logging 750

hours in the American Quarter Horse Assn. Horseback Riding Program.

The first award, a program recognition patch, is given after 50 hours

on horseback have been logged and verified. Patches and nine subsequent

awards are presented at the 100 through 5000 hour levels.

The American Quarter Horse Assn. actively encourages horseback riding

as a recreational activity that can be enjoyed alone or shared with


Ali Zreik of Glendale has completed a specialized educational program

in professional divorce planning and is now a certified divorce planner.

Zreik is trained to provide financial information and assistance to

people in the process of getting a divorce.