Military news in brief
Champaign Central High School and University of Illinois graduate John C. Loomis has been promoted to the rank of colonel.
Loomis, in addition to being a member of the Army Reserve, is a teacher at Oak Creek High School in Oak Creek, Wis.
He is the Third Army/ARCENT chief for training and exercises with oversight of all training and exercises conducted by the Army within the Middle East and Central Asia.
This includes routine training of Army units in the region, which conduct gunnery and maneuver exercises to maintain their skills, as well as joint training conducted with regional partners such as Kuwait, Jordan and Kazakhstan.
Loomis also studied at the University of Maine, University of Cardinal Stritch, Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
His mother is Barbara Loomis of Champaign, and his sister is Pauline Loomis-Wagner of Champaign.
Navy Seaman Recruit Darley A. Razmus, daughter of Janet L. Smith of Georgetown and Mike A. Razmus of Oliver, recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes.
Razmus is a 2011 graduate of Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School.
Navy Airman Jorden T. Mosley, son of Morris A. Mosley, of Urbana, was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes.
Mosley is a 2004 graduate of Centennial High in Champaign.
Champaign relatives were with Robert P. Byron of New Mexico as he was selected as the Honored Veteran of the Day at the Flag Retreat Ceremony at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. It was his 81st birthday.
He assisted along with the Dapper Dans in leading the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the playing of the national anthem and patriotic songs from all four branches of the military.
A first lieutenant, Byron served in the Army as a platoon leader of the 1st Platoon, Company B, 73rd Tank Battalion in Korea.
Sylvia and Robert P. Byron II of Champaign were in attendance.