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Army sergeant, OCC grad prepares for deployment

Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew D. VanLengen has been mobilized and activated at Fort Dix, N.J., in preparation for deployment to serve in support of either Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom. The soldier is a member of 1st Battalion, Detachment 15, Schenectady.

The soldiers are normally activated from Army Reserve or Army National Guard units from throughout the U.S. They go through a series of in-processing procedures and training classes that prepare them for skills and situations they may face in their deployed environment.

VanLengen is a headquarters platoon sergeant and signal support systems noncommissioned officer in charge. He has 12 years of military service.

He is the son of James VanLengen of Bayberry Circle, Liverpool, and Regina VanLengen of Hazard Street, Syracuse.

His wife, Katie, is the daughter of John and Mary McSweeney of Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus.

VanLengen graduated in 1994 from the Onondaga Central School, Nedrow, and received an associate degree in 2003 from Onondaga Community College.

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