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Second Lieutenant Victoria Inman, a 2015 Graduate of Furman University with a degree in Political Science, is assigned to the South Carolina National Guard.

Beginning in January 2016 she will attend the Medical service Corps Officer Basic Course in Texas. Following successful completion of the Medical Service course, she will begin helicopter pilot training at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

After receiving her pilot training and returning to her unit in Columbia, South Carolina, Lieutenant Inman will become the first female medivac pilot to serve in the South Carolina National Guard.

Lieutenant Inman is the daughter of an active duty career soldier stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Inman was one of two women commissioned by the United States Army ROTC program at Furman University last month.

 

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There is a Strong Connection Between the current serving generation of Veterans and the Vietnam Generation of Veterans

DAR_Page-01The Nathanael Greene Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, held a ceremony last Saturday honoring Veterans of the Vietnam War era.

The Nathanael Greene Chapter is a commemorative Partner with the Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration program. Congress authorized the Department of Defense to work through groups such as the DAR to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring the veterans of the Vietnam war and their families.

Congress recognized that Vietnam era veterans are a unique group because of the way they were treated by their country during and after the war. “There is such a strong connection between the current serving generation of veterans and our Vietnam generation, mainly because the Vietnam generation of veterans wants to ensure the treatment our current service members receive is very different than what many of them experienced when they served.”Although there will be national and international events commemorating the sacrifices of American troops in Vietnam, the most import events will be held in the home towns. This was the focus of the Nathanael Greenville Chapter of the DAR last Saturday. It was a hometown family event with deep purpose and meaning. It was a pleasant and meaningful  event for the aging veterans to remember.

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Tuesday morning, April 21, the 14th Honor Flight Upstate SC with 91 World War II and Korean War veterans from Greenville area, the Upstate, Asheville-Hendersonville of NC and northern Georgia left Greenville-Spartanburg Airport shortly after 9 a.m., destination Washington, D.C.

As the plane taxied down the runway, two airport “yellow” firetrucks saluted the “Flight” with a five-minute water cannon salute.

Four tour buses waited outside Reagan National Airport terminal to take the veterans and support staff to visit the various memorials in the D.C. area.

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Lamar McCarrell, one of the original organizers of the “Spirit of ‘45” Upstate in Travelers Rest in 2011, announced that the event this year will be held at the Younts Conference Center at Furman University, Sunday, August 9th, at 3 p.m.

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