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Army Pvt. Joseph A. Van Dreumel has graduated from the H-8 Tracked Vehicle  Recovery Specialist Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The course is designed to train students in the skills and knowledge needed  to perform recovery operations using the M88A1/A2 tracked recovery vehicle.  The  course includes field and classroom training in the proper use of tools,  equipment, technical data, and applicable references needed to determine  recovery methods, locate recovery sites, operate tactical communications  equipment, and maintain recovery vehicle armament systems.

Students drive, maintain, and perform preventive maintenance on recovery vehicles; receive operating instructions in recovery vehicle component  equipment, auxiliary power units, and use of proper recovery safety procedures when rigging, recovering and towing tracked vehicles.

Van Dreumel is the son of Dennis G. Van Dreumel, and Karen A. Van Dreumel, both of Raleigh, N.C. His wife, Sarah, is the daughter of Allen J. Greiner of 10th Ave. N.W., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Deborah Wilson of Cedar Springs, Mich. The private is a 1997 graduate of Jenison High School, Mich.

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