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TOWNSEND — Sgt. Mark Massalski of Townsend has been promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, as of May 1.

Staff Sgt. Massalski arrived in Falluja, Iraq, at the beginning of April. He grew up in Townsend and graduated from Nashoba Valley Tech High School.

Staff Sgt. Massalski is the son of Sandy Massalski of Townsend. He has a brother, Keith Massalski of Lancaster; a sister, Tracy Ferrazza of Templeton; three nephews, Tyler and Nathan Ferrazza of Templeton and Dylan Massalski of Lancaster. His wife, Sueko, is at their home base in Okinawa, Japan.