Kentucky Army National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kentucky Army National Guard honors Soldiers for wartime duty

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 15, 2007  
Contact Information:  Dave Altom: 502.607.1562; c) 502.229.3227  


WHO:  Kentucky Army National Guard
WHAT: Freedom Salute Ceremony
WHERE: Glema Mahr Center, Madisonville Community College
WHEN: 1 p.m. CDT, Sunday, March 18, 2007

GREENVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Army National Guard officials will conduct a "Freedom Salute" ceremony for the 130th Combat Engineer Company at the Glema Mahr Center, located on the Madisonville Community College campus, at 1 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 18, 2007.

The 130th Combat Engineer Company was mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom in September 2005 and its 54 members were stationed in Tikrit and Kirkuk, Iraq. The unit returned home in November 2006.

FREEDOM SALUTE HISTORY:  In December of 2003, the Army National Guard launched the "Freedom Salute Campaign," an unprecedented program designed to recognize Army National Guard Soldiers as well as their families and others who have supported them as they answered the call to duty both at home and abroad.
Each Soldier who mobilized will receive an encased American Flag; a sequentially numbered commemorative coin; a "Defender of Freedom" certificate signed by Lt. Gen. Clyde A. Vaughn, Director of the Army National Guard, and Command Sgt. Maj. John Gipe, Command Sergeant Major, Army National Guard; and a lapel insignia. The Soldier's spouse and children also will receive items recognizing their support and contribution.
In addition, each deployed Soldier is given the opportunity to recognize one individual or organization for outstanding support during the Soldier's mobilization. This recognition will be in the form of a commemorative lapel insignia and a medallion with ribbon. Two individuals will be surprised with these awards during the ceremony.