MAJ Michael A. Jones
MAJOR (Retired) Michael A. Jones started his military career in February 1980 and enlisted as a 31V Tactical Communications Mechanic with Co B, 1st Battalion 109th Infantry located in Carbondale, PA. He attended Basic Training and Advance Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in June of 1980 and graduated from the Tactical Radio and Vehicular Communications Mechanic Course in November 1980. Mr. Jones military education includes 31V10 Tactical Communications School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Infantry Officer Basic Course and Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning Georgia, Communications Security Managers Course, CAS3 (Combined Arms Staff Services School) of Fort Leavenworth Kansas and The Weapons of Mass Destruction Workshop held at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA, and has also attended many other professional development courses throughout his military career. In 2003 Mr. Jones was mobilized on Active Duty with the 55th Brigade serving with Task Force Keystone as the Chief of the Joint Visitors Bureau and the Public Affairs Officer for the Task Force while Mobilized for Operation Enduring Freedom in Europe. During this time he had the responsibility of escorting many distinguish visitors in and out of Eagle Base located at Tuzla in Bosnia as part of Stabilization Force 12 (SFOR12). Mr. Jones Federal Military Awards and Decorations include the: Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters Reserve Components Achievement Medal, with Oak Leaf Clusters National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Device Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hour Glass and “M” Devise Army Service Ribbon, Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with 2 device Pennsylvania Awards and Decorations include the Pennsylvania 20 Year Service Medal Ribbon and the T. J. White and Stewart Medals. Mr. Jones is a recipient of the Presidents National Service Volunteer Award for his effects in supporting ESGR.
MAJ Ronald Barkofsky
Joined June 1970, HHC 2/109th,
Basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
Transferred to Co B 1/109th Mech 1976,
State OCS, Class 17, commissioned 2LT 1977.
Completed IOBC (Infantry Officer Basis Course) Ft. Benning, GA.
Completed IOAC (infantry Officer Advanced Course).
Completed Command & General Staff College.
Completed various Chemical/Nuclear Defense courses.
Served as Mechanized Rifle Platoon Leader, XO Mechanized Rifle Company,
Company Commander HHC 55BDE, Ass’t Staff Officer S-3 55 BDE,
Chemical Officer 55 BDE, Ass’t G-1 HQ 28 ID.
Retired August 1997.
MSG Robert R. Molinaro
Master Sergeant Robert Molinaro, USA (Retired) enlisted in The Pa Army National Guard Oct 6th 1976. After completing US Army basic training and 17K10 Ground Surveillance, Radar Crewman course Ft Huachuca Az. Bob was assigned to Combat Support Company 109th Inf. Headquartered in Scranton Pa. He received 92 G 50 Food Service, 19 Z M1 Armor Crewman, 11 Z Anti Arm WPN Infantry MOSâ€™s and has also completed several US Army professional development courses. In 2002 MSG Molinaro was mobilized on Active Duty with the 55th Brigade serving with Task Force Keystone as the Senior Food Service Sergeant and assisted the Brigrade S-4 with mission orientated tasks. Jan 2005 Bob volunteered and deployed with the 1st Battalion 109th Infantry in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit was attached to the 2nd Marine Div. Al Anbar Province Ar Ramadi Iraq. During the deployment Bob worked with the Battalion S -4 as the Camp Commandant and Field Ordering Officers. Bob redeployed from Iraq in June 2006 and retired Oct 6th 2007 after 31 years of military service.
Military awards and decorations include the:
Bronze Star Medal / Army Commendation medal (2nd award) / Army Achievement Medal ( 2nd award ) / US Navy Achievement Medal / Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (5th award) / National Defense Service Medal (2nd award) / Iraq Campaign Medal / Global War on Terrorism Service Medal / Armed Forces Reserve Medal ( 2nd award ) / Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3 award) / Army Service Ribbon / Overseas Service Ribbon / Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ M Device (2nd award).
Bob resides at Crystal Lake with his wife Lisa, has 5 children 2 step children and 9 grandchildren. Bob is employed with the Pa Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Food Safety for over 26 years.
SGM Donald R. Werts
Don Werts has 37 years of military service. He enlisted in 1968, and served two years in Vietnam. He joined the 2nd Battalion 109th Infantry Regiment in 1976. Don later served with 55th Brigade Headquarters, 1st Battalion 109th Infantry Regiment, Joint Force Headquarters, and 28th Infantry Division Headquarters, retiring in 2009.
MSG Anthony J. Mozeleski
Tony has been married to his wife Judith since 24 Jan 1970. They have three children and six grandchildren. Tony resides in Carbondale PA. Tony graduated from Old Forge H.S. in 1968, Lackawanna Junior College in 1975, and Marywood College (B.S.) in 1982. Tony enlisted in the Army April 1969. He completed Basic Training at Ft. Dix, N.J., MP Training at Ft. Gordon, GA, and MP Sentry Dog Training at Lackland AFB, TX. His overseas service includes Vietnam service in 1970 attaining the rank of Sergeant. Tony enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1973 with Co B 1/109th IN, Carbondale, PA as an 11C with the Mortar Platoon. He retired from the military in 2002 as acting 1SG of Co B 2/103rd AR, Williamsport, PA. Tony retired from General Dynamics, Eynon, PA with 30 years of service. Tony is a life member of VFW Shopa-Davey Peckville, and the DAV. Tony has been a member of the American Legion in Carbondale for 44 years, and the 109th Infantry Regiment Association since 2012.
SFC John T. Jeffery
Public Affairs Officer
John has been married to his wife Billie Jean since 1974. They have six children, and seventeen grandchildren (as of 2016). John attended the SUNY at Buffalo from 1968-1970, and then served on active duty with the U.S. Army from 1970-1973 including a tour in Vietnam in 1971. He graduated from Lancaster Bible College (Lancaster, PA) in 1978, and did graduate studies at Baptist Bible School of Theology (Clarks Summit, PA) from 1978-1980. After working at a variety of jobs including medical billing and heavy and highway construction John enlisted in the PAARNG in SEP 1989. He served with the Support Platoon and Headquarters Platoon in HHC 1st BN 109th INF until AUG 1996. In JAN 1991 John was hired as a Technician by the PAARNG, and worked at Watres Armory until AUG 1996 when he transferred to OMS #25 in Carbondale, and became a member of the Maintenance Section of HHC 1st BN 109th INF. John deployed to Iraq with the Battalion in 2005-2006 serving in Ramadi as the Bradley Maintenance Section Sergeant. John served with B Co (New Milford) following the redeployment, and retired at age 60 following service with A Co (Honesdale) as a SFC. From 2006 to 2010 John’s Technician service was with FMS #2 (Taylor, PA). John has also been serving as the pastor of Wayside Gospel Chapel (Greentown, PA) since 1996. John has been a member of the 109th Infantry Regiment Association since 2012.
Captain Sean J. Brown
Liaison To The Association
CPT Sean J. Brown was born in Macedon, New York in 1984, just outside of Rochester, where he spent most of his young adult life, graduating from Newark Senior High School in 2002, where he excelled academically while playing Varsity Lacrosse and Football. During his 4 years of playing on the Varsity Lacrosse team, CPT Brown was a team captain while earning All-Section V 1st Team honors and team MVP for his junior and senior years. CPT Brown’s performance academically and athletically in high school led to being recruited by multiple Division I universities, and subsequently led to his acceptance of an academic scholarship and spot on the Binghamton University Bearcats Division I Lacrosse team. CPT Brown also pledged and became a member of the Tau Epsilon Phi National Fraternity during his tenure at Binghamton University, holding positions of Treasurer and Vice-Chancellor. CPT Brown finished his college career in 2006, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, while maintaining a 3.2 GPA.
Following his graduation from college, CPT Brown began his professional career as a Management Trainee for Ryder Logistics. CPT Brown spent roughly a year and a half as a trainee before being selected for promotion to a regional marketing and sales manager, which relocated him from the Syracuse, NY area to Scranton, PA. This relocation to Northeast Pennsylvania ultimately led to the beginning of CPT Brown’s military career as he walked into the historical Watres Armory in the winter of 2008, spoke with the local recruiter, and enlisted into the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (PAARNG). His military career officially began thereafter when he accepted his first challenge of attending Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky in order to prepare himself for Officer Candidate School in the future. CPT Brown graduated from Fort Knox Basic Training in 2009, earning the distinction of Distinguished Honor Graduate, and receiving the General Creighton W. Abrams Award. After graduation, CPT Brown received his first assignment at the 55th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While on his first assignment, CPT Brown attended Officer Candidate School, graduating and receiving his Federal Recognition as a Commissioned Officer in 2010. CPT Brown then returned to the 55 th Brigade Special Troops Battalion as a Second Lieutenant, serving as the Battalion S1 Officer. During that assignment, he was selected to Mobilize in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment to Kuwait in 2012, where he served as the 1st Battalion’s S1 during the deployment. Upon return to the States in 2013, CPT Brown was permanently transferred to 1st Battalion, and accepted a position as their Title 32 Active Duty Training Officer, where he continues to serve today. Additionally, in April of 2017, CPT Brown was selected to take Command of Company A, 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment out of Honesdale PA, and lead the Light Infantry Rifle Company.
CPT Brown is a distinguished graduate of the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course at Fort Benning, GA. He successfully completed the Army Air Assault Course and Pathfinder Course at Fort Benning, GA. He plans on pursuing his Masters Degree in Homeland Security in the near future, while continuing to serve on Active Duty with the PA Army National Guard. CPT Brown is a member of the 109th Infantry
Regiment Association, serving on the association’s board as the liaison for the retired and active members of the organization.