The Student Veterans Club at UW-Washington County (UW-WC) is making plans to commemorateVeterans Day on Monday, November 12, with a ceremony that begins at noon in the campus theatre. All area veterans and their families, as well as the general public are welcome to attend. No reservations are needed.
According to Matt Dubinski, President of the Student Veterans Club, the 30-minute presentation will include colors, provided by the local VFW. The keynote speaker is Staff Sargent Christopher Ackley. Sargent Ackley joined the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion in 2002. He was deployed to Iraq from 2007-2008 and to Afghanistan in 2011-2012. Ackley received two purple hearts, while serving in Afghanistan as well as numerous other medals and recognitions for his military service. He was recognized with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in July 2011 for saving the life of an Afghan woman who suffered a gunshot wound. Ackley’s EMT training with the Beaver Dam Fire and Rescue Department allowed him to stay calm and provide the needed aid during the ordeal. In a second event in August 2011, Ackley again used his medical skills to aid others, providing medical care to soldiers and a civilian after he himself sustained injuries from a grenade attack during a mission in the Sabari District. Helping others is still in his blood, as Ackley is currently studying to be a paramedic.
The club plans to serve snacks and refreshments, following the ceremony.
For more information, contact Michelle Appel in Student Affairs, email@example.com or phone 262-335-5250 (ext 306). UW-Washington County is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. Free parking is available.