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Remembering Our Veterans on November 11

By Staff | Nov 5, 2015

As in years past, the local V.F.W. and Auxiliary will be celebrating Veterans Day and those who have served and are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, there will be a Veterans Day Program at 10 a.m. will a salad luncheon to follow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

V.F.W. commander Terry Chamberlain will be on hand to welcome everyone and introduce the guest speaker Command Sergeant Major Rachel Fails and the Reverend Nicholas Thackery as well as a choir from the Emmetsburg Catholic School under the direction of Mrs. Kelley Fog.

Currently stationed in Des Moines, Command Sergeant Major Rachel Fails was born in Mount Clemens, MI and raised in Nashua and graduated from Nashua High School in 1987.

Command Sgt. Major Fails has 29 years of military service. Her military career began with the Iowa Army National Guard in May 1986 when she enlisted into the 1133 Transportation Company in Manson City. She completed basic training in 1986 at Fort Dix, NJ and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, SC, in the spring of 1987. She holds two Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) Unit Supply Specialist and Heavy-Wheeled Vehicle Driver. She has served on active duty in the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) program since August 1987 and has held full-time positions as a Unit Armorer, Unit Supply Sergeant, Training NCO, Unit Readiness NCO, Assistant Inspector General, Operations NCO, and Operations Sergeant Major.

As a heavy-wheeled driver Command Sgt. Major Fails has served as Section Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Truckmaster, First Sergeant and Command Sergeant Major. Her assignments include the 1133 Transportation Company, Mason City; 1088 Personnel Services Detachment, Johnston; Headquarters 554 Quartermaster Battalion, Newton; 2133 Transportation Company, Centerville; Headquarters 734 Regional Support Group, Johnston; Officer of Defense Cooperation, United States Embassy, Pristina, Kosovo; and Joint Forces Headquarters, Iowa Army National Guard, Johnston.

She is supported in all of her personal and professional endeavors by Mr. Bruce Row, her best friend and partner of 17 years.

Everyone is invited to come and remember those who have served our country and to thank a veteran for their choice to serve and protect.