Island soldier home from Iraq


EOCN Craig Sylvia, USN, of Oak Bluffs returned for an Island visit after finishing a six-month tour of duty in Iraq. As he stepped off a Cape Air flight that arrived at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport on December 17, family, friends, Island police and fire department personnel, and American Legion members who provided a color guard, were there to greet him.

EOCN Sylvia, a U.S. Navy Seabee, will leave the Island on Sunday to return to duty in Port Hueneme, Calif., where he is assigned to a construction battalion. His sister, Ariel Thomas of Oak Bluffs, said he will work and take classes there until his redeployment in September, possibly to Spain.

EOCN Sylvia is the son of Cindy Curtis of Oak Bluffs and Kevin Sylvia of Vineyard Haven. His brother, AMAN Leigh D. Sylvia, also in the Navy serving as an aircraft structural mechanic, is currently stationed in Brunswick, Maine.