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Honor Flight’s Bob Morrison receives Modern Woodmen’s Community Service Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber O’Brien   
Monday, 09 June 2014 15:28

Ridgecrest Foundation selected by Morrison to receive $7,500 grant


Bob Morrison, director and leader of the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, will receive Modern Woodmen of America’s 2014 Community Service Award at a breakfast ceremony from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. on Friday, June 13. The event will be held at Abbey Station in Rock Island (program begins promptly at 7:45 a.m.). Media coverage of this event is welcomed and appreciated.

The fraternal financial services organization will honor Bob Morrison for his volunteer leadership and outstanding impact in the Quad Cities.

About the recipient

Graduate of the University of Iowa, Bob spent 11 years as a Development Director for the New Hope Foundation before transitioning into the development and marketing director position at Ridgecrest Foundation in Davenport, in 2008. The relationships he developed with members at Ridgecrest helped spark his passion for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities.

In 2008, Bob started an Honor Flight hub based in the Illinois/Iowa Quad Cities area. Bob organized the volunteer board, which now helps oversee more than 200 volunteers. He speaks to civic clubs, churches, schools and other groups, and he has helped organize the past 28 honor flights.

As a longtime community supporter, Bob gives back in a variety of ways. Bob currently serves as a committee member for the Boy Scouts of America Loud Thunder Camp, chair of board of Discipleship for the Iowa Conference United Methodist Church, lay leader of Wesley United Methodist Church, secretary for REVIVE board of directors, Davenport Rotary board member and ILLOWA Partnership of Philanthropic Planning board member.

About the Community Service Award

The Community Service Award is an annual award that includes a grant presented to local charitable organizations. Bob Morrison selected Ridgecrest Foundation to receive a $7,500 award.

The 2014 award recipient will also receive an engraved Waterford crystal clock, representing his time and dedication to community volunteer service. Modern Woodmen initiated the award program in 1997 to help support local charities and encourage community involvement.

Selection is based on:

  • Leadership in the community.
  • Impact on quality of life.
  • Long-term community service.
  • Involvement in the business community.
  • Encouragement of others to be active.

“The purpose of this award is to encourage others to volunteer in the Quad Cities,” says W. Kenny Massey, president and CEO of Modern Woodmen. “That’s why we recognize local leaders like Bob. His commitment to service and to our veterans encourages those around him to make a difference in the community.”

In 2010, Bob joined forces with Modern Woodmen to fly 100 World War II veterans to Washington D.C. All 100 veterans were Modern Woodmen members.

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America touches lives and secures futures. The fraternal financial services organization offers financial products and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.


Soldiers look forward to becoming Army cooks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, National Guard Public Affairs Office   
Monday, 09 June 2014 09:43

SPRINGFIELD, IL (06/06/2014)(readMedia)-- SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois Soldiers earning the 92G Army cook military occupation specialty (MOS) completed their first week of training from fellow Illinois Guardsmen through the 129th Regimental Training Institute in Springfield. The Soldiers are part of the two-week course taught by Illinois Soldiers who earned the 92G MOS last year.

This week the instructors also went through an accreditation process. The process is an assessment of how the schoolhouse conducts training for the class. The 92G school is evaluated by instructors from the quartermaster course based in Ft. Lee, Virginia. After the assessment is complete, it is rolled up into the regiment's accreditation. The schoolhouse is evaluated by the way they instruct, their teaching methods, staff and faculty development programs, and ensure the course manager is using the correct lesson plans and equipment.

"Every time people come to see our students, we are told the instructors are excellent," said Sgt. 1st Class Jaclyn Musgrove of Auburn, Illinois, 2nd Battalion, 129th Regiment, Regional Training Institute (RTI), 92G course manager. "I have to agree, they are top notch."

The evaluators from Virginia commented on the 129th Regiment RTI instructors, commenting on their passion and enthusiasm.

"We have a great team of instructors, a great partnership with Lincoln Land Community College, and support from the state," said Lt. Col. Gregory Ota of Wheaton, Illinois, 2nd Battalion, 129th Regiment, Regional Training Institute (RTI), commander. "I feel like we could compete with the best that the Army has to offer."

Master Sgt. Cindy Singley of Towanda, Illinois, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Chicago, is the kitchen manager for a junior high school. She led the kitchen for annual training. She said she had fun learning and cooking with the Soldiers during this training.

"It gives me pleasure to see the enjoyment on the Soldier's faces," said Singley. "I get to see their faces light up as they are excited to know what we were cooking next."

Spc. Victoria Cain of Chicago, with 108th Sustainment Brigade in Chicago, has been in the Illinois National Guard for three years and was told she needed to reclassify to another MOS. Cain chose the 92G school because she enjoys baking. She said she is learning different cooking techniques and healthy eating.

"I like learning from the non-commissioned officers; I like our communication in the kitchen and I enjoy the camaraderie," said Cain.

She said she is happy to be a part of an MOS that is being used again. She also said she enjoys it and wants other Soldiers to enjoy it as well.

Braley Marks 70th Anniversary of D-Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Friday, 06 June 2014 14:31

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

“June 6, 1944 is a day that continues to live in our hearts and minds as we remember the American servicemembers who participated in the invasion of Normandy seventy years ago in the name of freedom. Their bravery and sacrifice continue to have an impact on the lives of all Americans and will never be forgotten.”


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Zukunft to participate in 70th anniversary D-Day events in Normandy PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:37

WASHINGTON — When the Allied Forces landed on Normandy Beach, the U.S. Coast Guard took part in the greatest amphibious operation the world had ever seen. On June 6, 1944, the Coast Guard joined the other U.S. military branches and Allied Forces in the operation code-named Overlord. The Coast Guard played an integral part in Operation Neptune, the code name given to Overlord's amphibious assault and naval gunfire support operations.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft is scheduled to join with President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel this week in France for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Adm. Zukunft assumed the duties of Coast Guard Commandant May 30, 2014.

A fact sheet about the Coast Guard and its participation in D-Day provides units, commands and statistics about the service's actions.

Read about the events of June 6, 1044, in "U.S. Coast Guard at Normandy" by Coast Guard historian Scott Price:

For tweets from Normandy, link to the Commandant's Twitter account:

The Commandant's Instagram account,, will feature photos from Adm. Zukunft's trip to Normandy.

For media interested in arranging interviews with Adm. Zukunft while he is in Normandy, please contact Lt. Cmdr. Matt Moorlag at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Some facts about the Coast Guard and D-Day:

  • At least 97 Coast Guard cutters and Coast Guard-manned Navy vessels participated in Operation Neptune.
  • More Coast Guard vessels were lost or damaged that day than at any time in its history. Destroyed in action were LCI(L)-85, 91, 92 and 93. The latter three were lost on Omaha Beach while the 85 sank offshore. Their burning wrecks served as navigation markers that day.
  • Fifteen Coast Guardsmen died in the invasion on D-Day. Most were crewmen from the LCIs and landing craft that participated in the Omaha Beach assault. Six of those who were killed in action are buried in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France.
  • Coast Guardsmen who participated were awarded one Navy Cross, 11 Silver Stars and one British Distinguished Service Cross.



Statements on the Resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 June 2014 10:50

Loebsack Statement on the Resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned.

“As a military parent, I have been outraged by what has come to light at VA health centers across the nation. I appreciate Secretary Shinseki’s prior service to our nation, but believe that his resignation is the only way for the Agency to start fresh and ensure our veterans receive the timely access to health care they deserve. It is now time to move forward and focus on how we as a nation provide the best health care for those who defended our country. We must redouble our efforts to rectify this situation and provide the VA with the resources they need to prevent anything like this from happening in the future.”


Braley Statement on Resignation of Secretary Shinseki

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement following the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

"Despite the recent and ongoing issues at the VA that led to today’s resignation, Secretary Shinseki’s service to our country deserves our sincerest respect and gratitude. While I agree with today’s decision, this in no way diminishes our responsibility to fully investigate recent allegations of misconduct, punish those involved—and most importantly—to work together to solve these problems in service to America’s veterans. We all owe that to the generations of America’s veterans who continue to rely on the VA for quality care."


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