Soldier shares birthday with Lakes pen pals

PFT Berli’s unit have been pen pals with the Lakes Elementary class of his nephew, Brennon Shupe (in blue in center). During Berli’s leave, during which he celebrated his 21st birthday, he visited the class to tell how important their letters and packages have been.

Army Private First Class (PFC) Andrew Berli, a 2006 Comstock Park High School graduate, is used to going into hostile and uncertain situations while on duty in Iraq, but when entering Lakes Elementary School in Rockford on Wednesday, May 20, Berli was nervous for a whole different reason.  He was going to meet his fifth […]