In Service: Modesto's Robert A. Van Tuinen


Age: 22

Rank: Specialist

Branch of service: Army

Hometown: Modesto

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:

Bryan Justman

The Modesto Bee

P.O. Box 5256

Modesto, CA 95352

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