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Press Release
County of Orange Seal COUNTY OF ORANGE

May 13, 2003
Contact: Diane Thomas
Maddox and Silva to Dedicate Wall of Honor
(Santa Ana, CA) - Assemblyman Ken Maddox (R-Costa Mesa) and Supervisor Jim Silva (Second District) will thank Orange County’s men and women in the military as they dedicate a Wall of Honor May 16 in the lobby of the County’s Hall of Administration, 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana. The ceremony will take place at 9:30.

The display will feature nearly 40 photos of Orange County residents who are serving their country around the world. One of those photos is of Navy reservist Francisco Alonso who recently returned from Kuwait. Alonso, a civil engineer, is Manager of Building Inspection for the South County section of the County’s Planning Department. He is also a Commander with the Navy’s Amphibious Construction Battalion based in Coronado near San Diego.

Alonso’s battalion was in charge of building Camp Patriot on the coast of Kuwait. The camp was a full-service area that based troops and served as a port to offload supplies from arriving ships.

Another face on the Wall of Honor will be that of Major Carla Marcinek who is a reservist serving with the Aero Medical Evacuation Unit. The Major’s unit was responsible for the care of troops being flown from Iraq to hospitals in Germany and other regions. Marcinek was one of the nurses who accompanied the seven, freed American POWs on their flight out of Iraq.

Marcinek is a Supervising Public Health Nurse for the County’s Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health program. She is still serving overseas.

“It’s an honor to recognize these selfless men and women who leave their Orange County homes to ensure the security of those of us who remain,” said Silva. “I’m proud to join Assemblyman Maddox in this celebration of service, and I look forward to shaking the hands of those who have returned from overseas and will be present. I hope that each Orange County resident who enters the Hall of Administration will pause to look at the photographs of these dedicated young people.”

“Many of the Orange County residents we will honor on Friday have not yet returned home,” said Maddox. “Many are still in Iraq, elsewhere in that region or in other areas of service around the globe. Wherever they are, each of them plays a part in the security of this great country. My pride in this group is immeasurable.”

The ceremony is open to the public.