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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hometown News: Stacy Lounsberry


Air Force Tech. Sgt. Stacy L. Lounsberry participated in the first college graduation ceremony held for American service members in Iraq at the Al Faw Palace at Camp Victory, Baghdad.

The service member was one of 79 students from 21 different schools who received their degrees during the ceremony. The education center allows service members to take online courses and offers core classes in a classroom setting.

The sergeant received a bachelor's degree in the liberal arts.

Lounsberry is an infrastructure special maintenance sergeant assigned to the 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. She has served in the military for more than eight years.

She is the daughter of James A. Pritts of Montgomery, and Rebecca M. Pritts of E. Luce Ave., Monessen, Pa.

Her husband, Jeremy, is the son of Dawayne Lounsberry and Helena M. Lounsberry, both of Port Orchard, Wash.

In 1991, the sergeant graduated from Smithsburgh High School, Md.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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