Reminder: Kowall and Nofs honoring Vietnam era veterans at Battle Creek event

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Mike Nofs on Friday reminded interested parties of a formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony on Friday, Oct. 27 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Nofs, R-Battle Creek, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Battle Creek in conjunction with the 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base.

The ceremony will give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. The lawmakers encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them in paying tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, at the 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, 3367 W. Dickman Road, Battle Creek.

RSVP to Sherry Swann, U.S. Army veteran, at 269-274-8890 (email gordonrosberg@comcast.net) or to Kowall’s Director of District Affairs Lynn O’Brien at 517-373-0563 (email lobrien@senate.michigan.gov).

Kowall and Nofs will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

The master of ceremonies at the event will be retired Army National Guard Col. Frank Walker. South Haven native, Vietnam veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Spc. 5 James C. McCloughan and retired Army Brig. Gen. Robert Secrist will be the guest speakers, and McCloughan will perform the national anthem.

To begin the formal ceremony, American Legion Post 298, Patriot Guard Riders and the Blue Star Mothers will form a flag cordon line inside the hangar for a Vietnam veteran procession.

Additional event highlights:
• Cereal City Concert Band will perform a selection of patriotic music under the direction of Conductor Dr. Stephen White, and they will also end the ceremony with echo taps performed by Susan Owen and Derrick Anthony;
• The Hooligans Flight Team will perform a flyover in the Missing Man Formation;
• A variety of veterans service organizations will be on hand to provide Vietnam veterans and their families with current information on benefits;
• Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 313 will host a Vietnam memorabilia table; and
• Firekeepers Casino Hotel of Battle Creek has generously offered to donate sandwiches for the event.

Guests should be aware that all vehicles entering Battle Creek Air National Guard Base are subject to inspection. For security, no bags or purses will be authorized in the event area, and individuals may be subject to metal detector inspection. Handicapped parking will be limited, although a shuttle service will be provided from the on-base parking area to the event.

The lapel pinning ceremony is not an official military function of the 110th Attack Wing.

Kowall has held numerous events, in both Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including VFW/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

Kowall and Nofs to discuss Battle Creek event honoring Vietnam era veterans

What:
A press conference to discuss the Friday, Oct. 27 formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony in Battle Creek.

Who:
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek
Public Affairs Officer 2nd Lt. Andrew Layton, Michigan Air National Guard 110th Attack Wing

When:
Monday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.

Where:
110th Attack Wing
Battle Creek Air National Guard Base
3367 W. Dickman Road
Battle Creek

Brief:
Kowall, Nofs and other participants will discuss the Oct. 27 “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Era Veterans and Their Families” formal lapel pinning ceremony in Battle Creek. Michigan Air National Guard 2nd Lt. Andrew Layton will moderate the press conference.

South Haven native, Vietnam veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Spc. 5 James C. McCloughan will perform the national anthem at the Oct. 27 ceremony and address the audience. In addition, the Cereal City Concert Band will perform a selection of patriot music under the direction of Conductor Dr. Stephen White, and the Hooligans Flight Team will do a flyover in a Missing Man formation. For more information, visit www.hooliganflight.com.

Note: For media credentials, please contact Kowall’s Director of District Affairs Lynn O’Brien at 517-373-0563 (email lobrien@senate.michigan.gov).

Save the Date: Kowall and Nofs announce Battle Creek event honoring Vietnam era veterans

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Mike Nofs on Thursday announced they are sponsoring a formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony on Friday, Oct. 27 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Nofs, R-Battle Creek, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Battle Creek in conjunction with the 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base.

The ceremony will give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans, Gold Star Mothers and their families. The lawmakers encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them in paying tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, at the 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, 3367 W. Dickman Road, Battle Creek.

South Haven native, Vietnam veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Spc. 5 James C. McCloughan will perform the national anthem and address the audience. Retired Army Brig. Gen. Robert Secrist also will make comments.

RSVP to U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Sherry Swann at 269-274-8890 (email gordonrosberg@comcast.net) or to Kowall’s Director of District Affairs Lynn O’Brien at 517-373-0563 (email lobrien@senate.michigan.gov).

Kowall and Nofs will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location. The symbolism attached to the lapel pin is significant, Kowall said.

“We must never forget the sacrifices that our Vietnam veterans made for their country,” he said. “These pins are one way we declare that we remember, we are grateful, and we thank you.”

Nofs agreed.

“It’s truly an honor to participate in the long-overdue recognition of these great Americans,” Nofs said. “The pins we present Vietnam veterans are a small token of our gratitude for their sacrifice on behalf of our state and nation.”

Michigan Air National Guard Col. Bryan J. Teff, commander of the 110th Attack Wing, is looking forward to the event.

“The 110th Attack Wing is honored to host and pay tribute to our Vietnam veterans,” Teff said. “Hosting this event on an active military installation is very appropriate as we honor these great Americans and their service to our nation.”

The Commemoration was authorized by Congress and established under the secretary of defense, and then formally launched in 2012. It was designed to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families in hometown America, in light of the 50th anniversary of the war. Recognition is given to these heroes when commemorative partners, such as Kowall, hold events for the veterans and their families.

“While Michigan’s Vietnam veterans honorably served their nation, too many of them were not properly recognized for their service and did not receive adequate assistance upon their return,” Kowall said. “At our lapel pinning ceremonies, we take some time to let our veterans and their families know that we appreciate them for all they have done.”

Kowall has held numerous events, in both Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including VFW/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

“It is always a moving time for me when I am able to present the lapel pins and personally thank each veteran for their service,” Kowall said.

Guests should be aware that all vehicles entering Battle Creek Air National Guard Base are subject to inspection. For security, no bags or purses will be authorized in the event area, and individuals may be subject to metal detector inspection. Handicapped parking will be limited, although a shuttle service will be provided from the on-base parking area to the event.

The lapel pinning ceremony is not an official military function of the 110th Attack Wing.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

Nofs praises MSPC for work on the implementation of landmark energy policy

LANSING, Mich. State Sen. Mike Nofs, chair of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee, praised the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) on Friday for their ongoing work on the implementation of Michigan’s Comprehensive Energy Plan.

The MPSC released their final ruling Friday afternoon on the requirements energy providers must meet to prove they have the ability to provide reliable electricity to their customers over the next four years.

“My goal from the very beginning of this process was to put Michigan consumers first while ensuring our regulators have the flexibility to accommodate the best priced energy resources now and in the future,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek.

“Today’s decision is all about ensuring that energy providers are accountable to their customers for the long-term reliability of their energy supply. I appreciate the transparency troughout this process and the continued support of Michigan’s energy future.””

While this decision has garnered significant attention from the Legislature and the energy industry, the MPSC still has many more decisions ahead before the law is fully implemented. Interested residents can track the process online and sign up for email alerts at www.michigan.gov/mpsc.

 

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Sen. Nofs announces funding secured to rehabilitate Whites Bridge in Ionia County

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, announced on Tuesday that the Whites Bridge Historical Society has received a Michigan Enhancement Grant to be used for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Whites Bridge in Keene Township in Ionia County.

“This funding will go a long way toward making the Whites Bridge rehabilitation project a reality,” Nofs said. “The bridge was a vital part of the transportation network in western Ionia County and connected the main primary road across the Flat River in that part of the county.”

Originally constructed in 1869, the Brown truss covered bridge known as Whites Bridge, which crossed the Flat River in Keene Township, was destroyed by arsonists in July of 2013. Since that time, the Whites Bridge Historical Society has been raising funds for the construction of a replica bridge. The Michigan Enhancement Grant that the Whites Bridge Historical Society received will fund $350,000 toward the reconstruction and rehabilitation project. As a result of the bridge’s destruction in 2013, a 15-mile detour was put in place to navigate across the Flat River.

“I’ve been an advocate for this project for several years. I’m glad to finally see the Whites Bridge Historical Society receive the necessary funds to restore the bridge and reopen the crossing on the Flat River,” Nofs said.

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Sens. Nofs, Schmidt react to the passage of the State Police and Military Affairs budget

LANSING, Mich. — Sens. Mike Nofs and Wayne Schmidt reacted on Thursday to the passage of the State Police and Military Affairs budget for fiscal year 2018.

“This budget represents a commitment to public safety for all of Michigan,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “Ensuring that the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Wing of the Civil Air Patrol have the resources they need was a top priority when crafting the budget. I want to thank my colleagues for their support of this vital investment in public safety.”

The Michigan Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is an all-volunteer organization made up of eight groups, 35 squadrons, four flights and more than 1,300 members. The volunteers perform three missions chartered by Congress: aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency service.

The Michigan Wing is part of the Great Lakes Region, which includes five other states. The funding boost in the fiscal year 2018 budget will ensure that the Michigan Wing has adequate resources for training in its support of state emergency and disaster response operations.

“The Michigan Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and the Michigan State Police consist of dedicated public servants committed to the residents of the state of Michigan,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “This budget means that these critical aspects of the state’s public safety efforts will have the funding they need to operate effectively.”

The budget now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

Final Notice: Kowall and Nofs honoring Vietnam era veterans at Hastings event

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Mike Nofs on Tuesday reminded interested parties of a county-wide, formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony this Saturday, June 10 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Nofs, R-Battle Creek, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Hastings in Barry County in conjunction with the American Legion Post 484 Hickory Corners, American Legion Post 140 Middleville, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7 Battle Creek, Military Order of the Purple Heart USA Chapter 110, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4461 Lake Odessa, and American Legion Post 45.

The ceremony will give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans, Gold Star Mothers and their families. The lawmakers encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them in paying tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the Barry Expo Center Exhibition Hall (home of the Barry County Fair), 1350 N. M-37, in Hastings.

The master of ceremonies will be retired U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard Col. Frank J. Walker, currently an Air Force Academy Admissions liaison officer and veteran advocate. The guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. Michael A. Stone, assistant adjutant general for installations for the Michigan Army National Guard and deputy director, Michigan Department of Military & Veterans Affairs.

RSVP to Barry County American Legion Commander Jim Gross at 616-328-1343 or by email at j.gross13@yahoo.com.

The event will be supported by members of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, who will be in attendance. The Commemoration was congressionally authorized to do what should have been done over 50 years ago: thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

Kowall and Nofs will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

In support of the Vietnam veterans, a motorcycle procession by American Legion Riders Post 45 will formally open the ceremony. The post welcomes all motorcycles, trucks and cars to join the procession. Riders will depart at 12:45 p.m. from American Legion Post 45 at 2160 S. M-37 in Hastings. The Barry County Sherriff’s Department will provide a police escort. For more information, contact John-John Richards, vice president of the American Legion Riders Post 45, at 269-870-0660.

Additional event highlights:
•    The 110th Attack Wing Air National Guard Unit and the Barry County Honor Guard will present and retire the colors;
•    The 110th Attack Wing Air National Guard Unit will present military honors for the POW/MIA Missing Man Table;
•    Joanna Lauren will perform the national anthem and God Bless America;
•    The Delton Kellogg High School Band will perform under the direction of band director Sara Knight; and
•    Every child attending the ceremony will receive an American flag;

Kowall has held numerous events, in both Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including VFW/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

Reminder: Kowall and Nofs honoring Vietnam era veterans at Hastings event

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Mike Nofs on Wednesday reminded interested parties of a county-wide, formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony on Saturday, June 10 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Nofs, R-Battle Creek, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Hastings in Barry County in conjunction with the American Legion Post 484 Hickory Corners, American Legion Post 140 Middleville, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7 Battle Creek, Military Order of the Purple Heart USA Chapter 110, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4461 Lake Odessa, and American Legion Riders Post 45.

The ceremony will give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans, Gold Star Mothers and their families. The lawmakers encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them in paying tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the Barry Expo Center Exhibition Hall (home of the Barry County Fair), 1350 N. M-37, in Hastings.

The master of ceremonies will be retired U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard Col. Frank J. Walker, currently an Air Force Academy Admissions liaison officer and veteran advocate. The guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. Michael A. Stone, assistant adjutant general for installations for the Michigan Army National Guard and deputy director, Michigan Department of Military & Veterans Affairs.

RSVP to Barry County American Legion Commander Jim Gross at 616-328-1343 or by email at j.gross13@yahoo.com.

The event will be supported by members of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, who will be in attendance. The Commemoration was congressionally authorized to do what should have been done over 50 years ago: thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

Kowall and Nofs will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

In support of the Vietnam veterans, a motorcycle procession by American Legion Riders Post 45 will formally open the ceremony. The post welcomes all motorcycles, trucks and cars to join the procession. Riders will depart at 12:45 p.m. from American Legion Post 45 at 2160 S. M-37 in Hastings. The Barry County Sherriff’s Department will provide a police escort. For more information, contact John-John Richards, vice president of the American Legion Riders Post 45, at 269-870-0660.

Additional event highlights:
•    The 110th Attack Wing Air National Guard Unit and the Barry County Honor Guard will present and retire the colors;
•    The 110th Attack Wing Air National Guard Unit will present military honors for the POW/MIA Missing Man Table;
•    Joanna Lauren will perform the national anthem and God Bless America;
•    The Delton Kellogg High School Band will perform under the direction of band director Sara Knight; and
•    Every child attending the ceremony will receive an American flag;

Kowall has held numerous events, in both Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including VFW/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Nofs welcomes Major General LeMasters Jr. to state Capitol for Memorial Day Service

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, welcomes Major General Clark W. LeMasters Jr. (right) to the Michigan Capitol for the 2017 Memorial Day Service at the Michigan Senate. Major General LeMasters Jr. is the commanding general at the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.

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Save the Date: Kowall and Nofs announce Hastings event honoring Vietnam era veterans

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Mike Nofs on Wednesday announced they are sponsoring a formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony on Saturday, June 10 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Nofs, R-Battle Creek, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Hastings in conjunction with the Barry County Honor Guard, American Legion Post 484 Hickory Corners, American Legion Post 140 Middleville, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7 Battle Creek, Military Order of the Purple Heart USA Chapter 110, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4461 Lake Odessa, and American Legion Riders Post 45.

The ceremony will give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans, Gold Star Mothers and their families. The lawmakers encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them in paying tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the Barry Expo Center Exhibition Hall (home of the Barry County Fair), 1350 M-37, in Hastings. The guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. Michael A. Stone, assistant adjutant general for installations for the Michigan Army National Guard and deputy director, Michigan Department of Military & Veterans Affairs.

RSVP to Barry County American Legion Commander Jim Gross at 616-328-1343 or by email at j.gross13@yahoo.com.

Kowall and Nofs will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location. The symbolism attached to the lapel pin is significant, Kowall said.

“The Commemoration honors all Vietnam veterans, whether they served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period,” he said. “All were called to serve and the overwhelming majority of these veterans served honorably and admirably.”

The Commemoration was authorized by Congress and established under the secretary of defense, and then formally launched in 2012. It was designed to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families in hometown America, in light of the 50th anniversary of the war. Recognition is given to these heroes when commemorative partners, such as Kowall, hold events for the veterans and their families.

“Michigan’s Vietnam veterans, whether drafted or enlisted, served our country with honor. Tragically, too many returned home with little thanks for their service and not much help transitioning to civilian life,” Kowall said. “This ceremony is a way to recognize veterans of the Vietnam War era and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation and the Michigan Legislature.”

Nofs agreed.

“I’m honored and privileged to be able to present these Vietnam veterans with these Commemorative Lapel Pins,” Nofs said. “It’s a small token of our gratitude and appreciation for their sacrifice. That sacrifice will not be forgotten.”

Kowall has held numerous events, in both Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including VFW/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

“It is always a moving time for me when I am able to present the lapel pins and personally thank each veteran for their service,” Kowall said.

Any Gold Star Mothers or Gold Star Wives of the Vietnam era who would like to receive an “In Memory Of” pin at a future lapel pinning ceremony should contact Lynn O’Brien in advance of the ceremony at 517-373-0563.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.