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.

Sen. Nofs praises passage of legislation aimed to help grieving families

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, praised the passage of Senate Bill 78 on Thursday, which would allow a family member who inherits a property to retain for up to two years the existing Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) on the property due to the loss of a family member.

“This bill allows the proper time for the family to make the necessary funeral arrangements, go through the grieving process, and to then deal with what can be a lengthy process of getting a property title, cleaning out the property and preparing the property for sale,” Nofs said. “There is no good reason to add to the burden of going through the difficult process of losing a loved one. No one loses under this bill as the same amount of tax the previous owner would have paid will still be paid by the inheritor.”

The bill, sponsored by Nofs, now heads to the House for further consideration.

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**Photo Advisory** Sen. Nofs presents Michigan State Police with a special tribute honoring 100 years of service

 

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, welcomed Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police, to the Michigan Senate on Wednesday to receive a special tribute recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Michigan State Police.

“As a former trooper, I’d like to congratulate the Michigan State Police on 100 years of protecting our great state,” Nofs said. “We can all take pride and comfort in knowing our troopers are on the job and represent an organization that is recognized across the nation for first class training and professional law enforcement service.

“Here’s to the next 100 years of service with a purpose that helps make Michigan a great place to live, work and play.”

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Sen. Nofs reacts to Michigan State Police subcommittee budget

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, issued the following statement Tuesday morning in response to the passage of the Michigan Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State Police and Military Affairs budget:

“This budget represents a commitment to public safety for all of Michigan. By funding 150 new state troopers, eight new computer crimes experts to track down online predators and 14 new forensic science technicians, we will continue to improve service and offer swift justice for crime victims. As the state police face many trooper retirements in the coming years, this budget aims to meet the increased demand for new troopers head on and ensures that our commitment to providing public safety is renewed for the future.

“I am proud of the work of our subcommittee and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to support this budget when it comes up for a vote in front of the full Senate in the near future.”

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**Photo Advisory** Sen. Nofs receives MIRS Senator of the Year award at Michigan Senate

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, received the Senator of the Year award for 2016 from the Michigan Information & Research Service Inc. (MIRS) on Tuesday in the Michigan Senate. Presenting Nofs with the award was John T. Reurink (left), publisher and co-owner of MIRS, and Kyle Melinn (right), news editor and co-owner of MIRS.

Nofs was announced as Senator of the Year in Dec. 2016. The recognition was based on Nofs’ work on energy policy, his efforts to improve pay rates for certified nursing assistants at the Grand Rapids Veterans Home and his work on legislation to implement an alert system when an active shooter is on the loose.

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**Photo Advisory** Sen. Nofs welcomes Pastor Smail to deliver invocation at Michigan Senate

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, welcomed Pastor Steve Smail (middle) and his wife Sharon to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday. Smail, pastor of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Plainwell, delivered the invocation at the start of the Senate session.

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