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Loebsack Presents Congressional Record Statement to Quad City Area WWII Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:34

Washington, D.C. – April 23, 2012 - Congressman Dave Loebsack (D, IA-2) today welcomed Quad City area veterans of World War II to Washington D.C. and presented them with copies of the Congressional Record statement he submitted honoring their service. The veterans traveled to Washington as part of the Honor Flight, which is an all expense paid trip for WWII veterans so that they can visit our nation’s capital and the World War II Memorial that was built in their honor.

“The men and women, who I had the opportunity to meet with today, are truly members of the Greatest Generation,” said Loebsack.  “We cannot thank them enough for their service to our state and nation.  It was a privilege for me to present them with a copy of the Congressional Record recognizing their service, and I was honored to be a small part of their trip to our nation’s capital.”

The honor flights are all fully paid for, and the veterans are typically accompanied by volunteers who donate their time to ensure that the veterans have a safe trip. This group included roughly 90 veterans. The Honor Flight left from Quad Cities Airport this morning and will return tonight.

Loebsack is an avid supporter of our veterans. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, he has worked to increase veterans’ health care and benefits funding by 70 percent and has worked to make sure that each and every veteran is treated with the dignity and honor that they deserve.

 
Illinois Soldiers Test Personal Limits Running Half Marathon in Kuwait PDF Print E-mail
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Written by U.S. Army Spc. Nicole Burbach, 444th Chemical Company   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:37

CAMP VIRGINIA, KUWAIT (04/18/2012) (readMedia)-- Attempting a half marathon only a few days after arriving in Kuwait may seem unheard of to some people. But for 20 members of the Illinois Army National Guard's 444th Chemical Company based in Galesburg, it was an opportunity to test personal limitations.

Runners like Sgt. Ashley Lasiowski, of West Chicago, who arrived with the company a few days prior to the race, found the motivation to run because of the challenge, she said.

"I wanted to test myself and accomplish something I have never done before," she said.

Camp Virginia conducts a half marathon every six months and multiple 5K races throughout the year. There were 386 Soldiers who competed in the half marathon, April 15.

"It's something I've always wanted to do," said Staff Sgt. Stephanie McCurry of Abingdon. "It was a great run and it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be."

This was the first half marathon any of the Illinois Soldiers had completed. They all had a similar goal in mind.

"I've never ran that far all at once before," said Spc. Anastasia Evans of Alton. "I wanted to try and run it in two and a half hours."

When asked how the runners would celebrate reaching individual goals, the general consensus was the same: ice cream.

Twenty other Soldiers volunteered to hand out water, stock food for the end of the race and provide roadside security to make the race a success.

"After running this half marathon, I plan on running another and maybe a full marathon in the future," said McCurry.

The 444th Chemical Company arrived to Kuwait a little more than a week ago and is expected to be deployed for approximately one year.

 
2012 Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Ceremony PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jill Joseph   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:30

Iowans will honor their Vietnam Veterans at a remembrance ceremony to be held Monday, May 7th, 2012, beginning at 12:00 p.m. at the Vietnam Memorial − located on the south side of the State Capitol in Des Moines. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War.

The ceremony will include keynote speaker Bill McCarthy, Vietnam Veteran, Sheriff, Polk County, Iowa, and guest speaker Lawrence Paul, Vietnam Veteran, retired IWD Executive Officer, Mason City.

The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs is honored to present this event. Please join us as we unite in remembrance of those who served, and those who sacrificed their lives for our country.

For further information contact Jill Joseph, Outreach Coordinator, Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, 515-242-0033 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Lt. Governor Simon accepting applications to military committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:29

SPRINGFIELD – April 18, 2012. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced today that her Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee (IMBSEDC) is currently accepting applications for two new citizen members. The volunteer group advocates for the retention and reuse of the state’s military bases and works to foster a strong economic connection between the installations and their local economies.

“We look forward to welcoming new voices to our committee to continue our important work in supporting the state’s military families and regional economies,” Simon said.

Current members include retired military personnel and economic development officials, as well as four members of the General Assembly and representatives from various state agencies. A successful candidate may draw on personal and professional experiences in military, economic development, education or governmental fields.

The application announcement came Wednesday at the IMBSEDC’s quarterly meeting. Applications are now being accepted, and more information can be found here.

 

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Grantham University Selects Army Master Sergeant, Reginald Hurt from Davenport, Iowa, as 2012 Outstanding Graduate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Johanna Altland   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:00

Grantham University has selected Master Sergeant Reginald Hurt as its 2012 Outstanding Graduate. MSG Hurt completed his Bachelor of Science – Multidisciplinary Studies degree in December 2010 and his Master of Business Administration – Project Management degree in April 2012, graduating Summa Cum Laude in both degrees.

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2012 Outstanding Graduate, MSG Reginald Hurt

Quote startI wanted to not just attend college, but to retain and use my lessons throughout my career and future endeavors.Quote end

Kansas City, Mo. (PRWEB) April 18, 2012

Grantham University, a 61 year old institution delivering accredited online degrees to working adult students around the world, has selected Master Sergeant Reginald Hurt as its 2012 Outstanding Graduate. MSG Hurt completed his Bachelor of Science – Multidisciplinary Studies degree in December 2010 and his Master of Business Administration– Project Management degree in April 2012, graduating Summa Cum Laude in both degrees.

On April 17, 2012, Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, vice president for strategic initiatives at Grantham University, presented MSG Hurt with the Outstanding Graduate Award at the Distance Education and Training Council’s (DETC) 86th Annual Conference.

“I was honored to present this award to such an outstanding candidate,” said Dr. Cropsey. “Reggie truly embodies what it means to be a successful working adult student. He started his courses at Grantham with a goal in mind – to obtain his undergraduate degree and graduate with honors – and went on to achieve that and so much more.”

Since the inception of the DETC Outstanding Graduate Program twenty-nine years ago, Grantham University has awarded this honor to one of its graduates each year. Criteria for this award include a GPA of 3.5 or higher, evidence that the graduate has made significant contributions to society and his/her chosen profession, as well as an essay submission demonstrating the graduate’s application of knowledge and skills acquired in the online classroom to his/her career and community.

“I realized the importance of a valid and useful degree,” commented MSG Hurt. “I wanted to not just attend college, but to retain and use my lessons throughout my career and future endeavors.”

MSG Hurt has served proudly in the Army for the past 28 years. While on tour in Afghanistan, he provided input for sewage, roads and infrastructure improvements for new facilities for Afghanistan soldiers and police forces. MSG Hurt also served as the lead engineer for the force protection analysis, planning and upgrades of Kabul’s voting sites during Afghanistan’s first ever election.

In August 2011, while pursuing his master’s, MSG Hurt was selected for Sergeant Major. He currently serves as a senior enlisted advisor in the Army Sustainment Command. MSG Hurt holds the Bronze De Fleury Medal, which is presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a Bronze Star amongst his military awards.

For more information about Grantham University and its online degree programs, visit: http://www.grantham.edu or call 800-955-2527.

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University is a private institution that specializes in online education for the working adult student. Its mission is to provide accessible, affordable, professionally relevant online degrees in a continuously changing global society. Grantham University’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Grantham University offers military scholarships for active duty, reserve, guard, veterans and military family members, as well as scholarships for law enforcement professionals. Grantham's courses are 100% online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty (TDY) or from almost anywhere in the world. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has compiled a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education.

 
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