ROBERT A. VAN TUINEN
Branch of service: Army
High school: Modesto High, Class of 2006
Specialty: Satellite communication systems operator-maintainer
Currently serving in: Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
Family: Parents, Bob Van Tuinen of Modesto and Michelle Strickland of Farmville, N.C.
Of note: Prior to deployment to Kuwait, Van Tuinen served at Fort Bliss, Texas, and Korea. He enlisted in August 2006 at the same time as his father, who re-enlisted for reserve duty after an 18-year break in service.
The Bee invites local families to submit information and a photo of their relative serving in the Middle East. Send to:
The Modesto Bee
P.O. Box 5256
Modesto, CA 95352
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