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A message from our Chaplain:

Last year, while on a cruise Joanie and I were playing Euchre with our friends. A woman came over and said that it looked like an interesting card game we were playing. She asked what it was called and basically how it was played.

She then asked if any of us were veterans? I didn’t say anything, because I still go on guard even after all these years due old unpleasant encounters with civilians when I was in the military service. But our friends pointed to me and said that I was and Joanie said that I had been a Navy Corpsman. She asked me when I served. She thanked me for my service and said “Navy Corpsmen had a hard dangerous job.” This statement gave me pause and I asked her if she had served? “Yes.” she said, “I was an Air Force flight nurse from 65 to 69.” Without hesitation, I stood up and said, “Ma’am, may I give you a hug?” She told me “Yes.” As I embraced her, I whispered in her ear “Sis welcome home and thank you.” When I stepped back, we looked into each others’ eyes and a soft smile gave way to a knowing nod that spoke volumes of emotions that words could not.

Women who serve in our nation’s military are often overlooked. It is an over-site that I feel has gone on far too long. I had the pleasure of serving with a number of women that served at time when it was not popular to serve in the US military. To those ladies I salute each and everyone of you. If you know any women who are serving or served in our military services be sure to thank them. As for my part, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart and may God bless each of you especially to the following:

Died While Serving Our Nation:

Sgt/National Guard Shawna Morrison (Iraq),

Capt/USAF Mary Klinker (Vietnam)                LtCol/USA Annie Graham (Vietnam)

1st Lt/USA Sharon Lane (Vietnam)                 2nd Lt/USA Carol Ann Drazba (Vietnam)

2nd Lt/USA Elizabeth Jones (Vietnam)           Capt/USA Elenor Alexander (Vietnam),

1st Lt/USA Heddi Orlowski (Vietnam)              2nd Lt/USA Pamela Donovan (Vietnam)

Currently Serving:

LtCol/USAF Trish (Zenishek) Knight               Capt/USA Ceara Riggs

LtCol/USAF Karri (Hirl) Roman                        Pvt2nd/USA Victoria Zenisek

Ssgt/USA Natalyn Virden                                 1st Lt/USA Katie Runyan

Airman/USAF Sara Ruiz

No Longer Serving/Retired:

Lt/USN Mary Kay (Wegner) Runyan (7 years)               Sgt/USMC Heidi Brodersen

MSgt/USAF LeAnn Hugeback (Solon) R ( 20 years)     TSgt/USAF Sonya Justus R (20 years)

MGSgt/USMC Heather Bordersen R (30 years)            CPL/USA Donna Cruse

SPC/USA Jessica Slade                                                CPT/USA Kristen Anson

1stClass/USAF Anna Beuter                                          EM3/USN Shannon Stoddard (7 years)

EM1/USN Janice Moeller (10 years) ++ was 1 of the first 72 woman to become a Shellback when she crossed the equator aboard the USS Samuel L Gompers.

The Following Just Some of Women I Served With:

Capt/USAR Trudie Mehann    Lt/USN Mary Morning                 Cdr/USN Norma Blank

HM3/USN Sandra Horn          HN/USN Rhonda Cerwinski        HM3/USN Tammy Booth

HM3/USN Donna Wolfe          HN/USN Kathleen Hesskamp     HN/USN Bonita Alberding

HN/USN Donna Penny           HN/USN Gayle Hagenbush        HN/USN Kathleen Hesskamp

HN/USN Paula Johns             HN/USN Mary Jonas                  HN/USN Honey Lada

HN/USN Mary Cleery              HN/Elizabeth Pascoe                 HN/USN Jackie Rein

Lt/USN Kathy Little

** If I have omitted anyone or provide incorrect information, please, forgive me it was not intentional.

Doug Thompson, Chaplain


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