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Vienna selects Morris as new chief of police

Town Manager Mercury Payton has announced the appointment of James “Jim” Morris as the new chief of the Vienna Police Department. He succeeds Col. Robert Carlisle, who retired Jan. 1 after serving almost 12 years as police chief.

Morris, a member of the Fairfax County Police Department for 24 years, was selected from among 108 candidates.

“Jim’s reputation as a strong leader with high integrity, his many years of experience as a high-level local law enforcement official in the region and his desire to work intimately with the community truly set him apart,” Payton said.

Morris currently serves as acting chief of police and deputy chief of Investigations and Operations with the Fairfax police force. Previously, he served as deputy chief of Administration, commander of the Internal Affairs Bureau, station commander, shift supervisor at the county’s 911 Center, patrol sergeant and police officer. In addition, he was a school liaison commander with the Fairfax County Public Schools system.

Morris attended the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia, the FBI National Academy and the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Morris’ starting salary is $146,331. He will assume his official duties March 25.

Military awards

Army Cadet Hannah Martins received the George C. Marshall Award during a recent ceremony at the Marshall Center at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. The award honors the legacy of Gen. Marshall, who served in World War II as the Army chief of staff, and in the post-war era as secretary of state and secretary of defense.

The Marshall Award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior Army ROTC cadets in military science studies and leadership values in each battalion at host universities or colleges. This national award is the highest award an ROTC cadet can receive.

Martins, a student at Princeton University, is the daughter of Mark and Katherine Martins of Annandale, and granddaughter of Sadie Martins of Alexandria. Cadet Martins graduated in 2009 from Woodson High School.

Naadia Puri, a Chantilly Academy AFJROTC cadet and Fairfax High School senior, has received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. She will start school at the academy in June, and after completing four years, plans to be commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy.

The Naval Academy accepts only the top 7 percent of its 20,000 applicants. The value of a USNA scholarship is about $350,000.

Al Tyas of Fairfax, a graduate of American Military University, has received the AMU Golden Eagle Award, an honor given to an AMU student or alumni who has showed exemplary service outside the classroom.

Tyas, who works for the Library of Congress, received his master’s degree in military history from AMU, where he was a university ambassador and advocate. He earned the AMU Golden Eagle Award for his continuing contributions to the university. Tyas serves as a vocal mentor to new students via social media.

Army veterans return home

Nine local servicemen and women are returning to the United States after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific and Europe.

Army Spec. James Etro has returned after serving in the Army for two years. The son of James and Joy Etro of Springfield is a 2006 graduate of West Springfield High School.

These Army personnel are all assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Army Sgt. Sarah Lawhorn is a cryptologic linguist, who has served in the military for four-and-a-half-years. While deployed, she received the Army Commendation Medal. Daughter of Edith Belso of Centreville and Brian Lawhorn of Morristown, Tenn., the sergeant is a 2003 graduate of Fairfax High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 2007 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Army Spec. Bradley Davis is a rifleman, who has served in the military for four years. Son of Julia Davis of Herndon, the specialist is a 2008 graduate of Herndon High School.

Army Sgt. John Hately is a squad leader, who has served in the military for three years. Son of Michele Parchman of Fort Belvoir, the sergeant is a 2006 graduate of Hayfield Secondary School.

Army Capt. Zachary Iiams is a signal officer, who has served in the military for six years. Son of Virgil and Carolyn Iiams of Falcon, Mo., the captain is a 2001 graduate of Hayfield Secondary School.

Army Sgt. Brian Plisch is a forward signal noncommissioned officer, who has served in the military for seven years. Son of Roger and Karen Plisch of Birnamwood, Wisc., the sergeant is a 1998 graduate of Oakton High School.

Army 1st Lt. Kenneth Spenard is a platoon leader, who has served in the military for two years. Son of Arthur and Sallie Spenard of Clifton, the lieutenant earned a bachelor’s degree in 2010 from James Madison University.

Army Spec. Nickolas LoCascio is a paratrooper, who has served in the military for two years. Son of Ellen LoCascio of Centreville, the specialist is a 2006 graduate of Centreville High School.

Army Master Sgt. Joseph Civitello is a health care specialist, who has served in the military for 21 years. His wife, Eva Civitello, is the daughter of Jerry and Deena Odhner of Herndon.

Military salutes

Army Pvt. Christian Parton has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. He is a 2011 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

Air National Guard Airman Conor Curry, Air Force Airmen Jose Murillo-Eid, Kelly Grzegozewski, Andre Conner, Melvin Mazariegos, Terence Bridgett, Cody Ellis and Lucas Stone, and Air Force Airman 1st Class Raymond Cervantes, Tyler Ketelhut and Andre Genao have graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Genao and Stone earned distinction as honor graduates.

Curry, son of Jennifer Justiss of Chelsea, Ala., and grandson of Suesanne Curry of McLean, graduated from a homeschool program in 2008.

Murillo-Eid, son of Paul Denmon of Fairfax, is a 2010 graduate of Falls Church High School.

Grzegozewski, daughter of Lynda Grzegozewski of Springfield, is a 2006 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 2010 from George Mason University.

Conner, son of Kellie Conner of Annandale, is a 2012 graduate of Annandale High School.

Mazariegos, son of Amilcar Mazariegos of Annandale, is a 2012 graduate of J.E.B. Stuart High School.

Bridgett, son of Terence Bridgett of Springfield, is a 2011 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School.

Ellis, son of Laura Carrow and stepson of Greg Carrow of Lorton, is a 2012 graduate of South County Secondary School.

Stone, son of Daniel Stone of Alexandria, is a 2012 graduate of Robinson Secondary School.

Cervantes is the son of Victor Cervantes of Falls Church.

Ketelhut is the grandson of Laurence Paszek of Reston.

Genao, son of Jose and Cynthia Genao of Lorton, is a 2003 graduate of Hayfield Secondary School. He earned an associate degree in 2010 from Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale.

Volunteers needed

FACETS is seeking volunteers to help with “Registry Week,” starting Feb. 25, an effort to collect data about the county’s chronic homeless to better track their progress in finding housing and services. The count will take place throughout the county. Interested volunteers should call 703-352-5090 or visit