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November 6, 2014 • Vol. 91, No. 9 “For God & Country”


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Official Publications of The Wisconsin American Legion Family

The mission of The American Legion, Department Of Wisconsin is to provide service to veterans, their families and their communities.

Midwinter Conference Banquet Speakers Announced

USAA’s values mirror those of The American Legion.

On Saturday evening, January 17th, a special commemorative banquet will be held featuring National Vice Commander Bill Bryant of Virginia and Colonel Jeffrey J. Wiegand, commander of the 115th Fighter Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, located at Dane County Regional Airport - Truax Field in Madison. All Legion Family members are invited to attend the event. As commander of the 115th Fighter Wing, Colonel Wiegand is responsible for the organization, training, and equipping of nearly 1,200 active-guard and traditional forces serving the

dual mission of state and federal responsibility falling under the Governor of Wisconsin and President of the United States. The 115th Fighter Wing operates the F-16C+ “Fighting Falcon” as its primary weapon system, as well as the RC-26B aircraft in the global Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission. Colonel Wiegand received his commission in 1989 after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy. His past assignments include flying duties at five US Air Force fighter wings. Previous commands include the

115th Maintenance Group, 115th Operations Group and the 176th Fighter Squadron. Colonel Wiegand deployed to the Iraqi Theater of Operations six times and led the 115th Fighter Wing Air Expeditionary Force Aviation package into combat in Iraq two times. He is a command pilot with over 3,300 flying hours, including over 3,000 in the F-16. At the conclusion of the Teambuilding Banquet the $1,000.00 Membership “Get One” Bounty drawing will be held. Please see additional information inside this edition of The Badger Legionnaire.

We believe the military community, veterans who have honorably served and their eligible family members deserve a higher level of service. Like The American Legion, our commitment to service is a core part of

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MIDWINTER CONFERENCE Ho-Chunk Hotel, Casino & Convention Center

Military Funeral Honors Refresher Training Held

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Military Funeral Honors Refresher Training took place in Kewaunee County at the Luxemburg Community Center on August 30, 2014 after a hiatus of 11 years, set up by PDVC Nellie P. De Baker. Twenty-three veterans participated. Trainers were Shannon Heberling and Matt


Front Row - L-R: Bob Pavlak, Dennis Haen, Randy Heurkens, Chuck Zellner, Nellie De Baker, Ann Brunner, Mark Hunesh, Loren Smiley. Row Two - L-R: Jay Mastalir, Len Yanda, Mike Cygan, Tom Voyles, Chuck Alsteen, Dale Ferron, Dwane Highdale, Ron Vandermuse, David Anderson, Glenn Brunner, Tony Yohanek, Robert Cox, Jerry Kollross

November 2014 cover 2  

Veterans, scholarships, patriotism, Troop and families

November 2014 cover 2  

Veterans, scholarships, patriotism, Troop and families