James D. Paffenroth, formally of Pine Island, NY, was recently promoted to the rank of Commander of the U.S. Navy. The ceremony was attended by his family. James, the son of David and Wendy Paffenroth of Pine Island, was a 1996 graduate of Warwick Valley High School and, a 2000 graduate of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. He received his master’s degree from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA. James served on the USS O’Bannon as damage control officer, on the USS Nitze as fire control officer, and was deployed to Iraq from 2006 to 2007. He is currently stationed at the Washington Naval Yard in Washington, D.C., working in manpower administration and he lives in Arlington, VA.