U.S. Army Public Affairs, Midwest

U.S. Army Public Affairs, Midwest Develops public support for the Army and its Soldiers through community outreach, media engagements and support to veterans in a 16-state region.

Welcome to the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs - Midwest's Official page on Facebook! We are the official hub for news stories, videos and photos highlighting the amazing Soldiers and families of U.S. Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve here in the Midwest. Our area includes: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Please contact us if you have any stories you would like to share with the rest of America. In addition to sports outreach, we can also help facilitate any requests for Army support such as color guards, vehicle displays, bands, parades, etc. If you have any questions regarding the Army please get in touch with us. We are here to serve you!

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12/13/2020
National Guard

Happy 384th Birthday Army National Guard! Thank you for all you do to keep this nation safe and at the ready!

The National Guard has more than 300,000 Soldiers across 54 states and territories, and a unique dual mission to serve our country and our states. For 384 years, the Guard has been activated to help those when they need it most, and we'll continue to do so.

West Point - The U.S. Military Academy
12/13/2020

West Point - The U.S. Military Academy

Army WINS!

Final score 15-0. Last time Army shut out Navy was 51 years ago in 1969 with a score of 27-0.

U.S. Army photos by Michell Eberhart and Cadets Hannah Lamb and Tyler Williams

#GoArmy
#BeatNavy

12/12/2020
U.S. Army

Let's Go! GO Army!

It's #ArmyNavy gameday and we're ready to go!

#GoArmy #BeatNavy

Here We Go! ARMY BEAT NAVY!
12/12/2020

Here We Go! ARMY BEAT NAVY!

We present the U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets #MarchOn.

#GoArmy

U.S. Army photo by Matthew Moeller

12/12/2020
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ARE YOU READY!

GO ARMY!

It's #ArmyNavy gameday and we're ready to go!

#GoArmy #BeatNavy

12/12/2020
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We all know who will win! Go Army!

Who do you think will win?

Army = 🐴
Navy = ⚓

The Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Gen. Jody D. Daniels and the Chief of the Navy Reserve Vice Admiral John B. Mustin represent their services' teams.

#GoArmy #BeatNavy

Video by Sgt. 1st Class Jerimiah Richardson

GoArmy! 24-3! 2020 is a year to BEATNavy!
12/12/2020

GoArmy! 24-3! 2020 is a year to BEATNavy!

For the first time since 1943, the Army Navy Game will take place at West Point - The U.S. Military Academy.

The First Army-Navy football game was played at West Point on Nov. 29, 1890, with the Navy squad achieving a 24-0 victory.

#GoArmyBeatNavy | #ArmyNavy

12/07/2020
U.S. Army Europe and Africa

U.S. Army Europe and Africa

December 7th, 1941

“...a date that will live in infamy.”

#OTD we honor the 2,403 service members who lost their lives, and 1,178 who were wounded, during a surprise attack on #PearlHarbor, Hawaii, 79 years ago.

🎥 by: Petty Officer 3rd Class Kristen C. Yarber

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#StrongerTogether #StrongEurope #StrongAfrica #ArmyFamily #Veterans
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12/07/2020
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Day 4 of the Army's holiday calendar.

Today, we are thankful for the efforts of Joint Task Force Bravo during their hurricane relief efforts in Honduras.

#YearInReview | #HurricaneRelief

Happy Thanksgiving! I’d like to share with all a note from the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve ...
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’d like to share with all a note from the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, E. Casey Wardynski:

“President Abraham Lincoln first proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving in 1863, a day during which all Americans express gratitude for their blessings. This year, like every year since, we have an opportunity to reflect and give thanks. I am tremendously grateful for your service to our country and our Army. Thank you for your tireless dedication to Army Soldiers, Families, and Civilians. You make our Army better, and in doing so, you ensure the continued security and prosperity of America. Throughout 2020, you have remained focused on supporting the nation and promoting national security, while dealing with COVID-19 and the impact on our Families. We are keeping those who are mobilized, deployed or grieving loss of loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.

I wish you and your Family a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for all that you do.”

And like the M&RA, I too wish you all the best, blessed Thanksgiving, hopefully with family, friends and loved ones.

Thank you for all that you do to ensure our Army remains relevant and at the ready. I am grateful for your dedication and support to our Service members, Families, veterans and military and support organizations. Your unwavering commitment to my mission has made this year a true success and has emboldened me to look forward to 2021.

As we look forward to the upcoming holiday season, please let me know if I may be of any assistance in telling our Army’s story and supporting the best this nation has to offer.

All my best,

U.S. Army Public Affairs, Midwest's cover photo
11/20/2020

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11/19/2020

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First Army helps welcome home 92-year-old Korean War veteranBy Warren MarlowNovember 19, 2020DAVENPORT, Iowa – Except fo...
11/19/2020
First Army helps welcome home 92-year-old Korean War veteran

First Army helps welcome home 92-year-old Korean War veteran
By Warren MarlowNovember 19, 2020

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Except for his college days and military service, Korean War veteran J.P. Whitaker has spent all of his 92 years in the same home in this Mississippi River town.

So when friends wanted to renovate his house and make it more accommodating to a person with senior needs, Whitaker balked.

“He was not a fan of that in the beginning,” said a longtime friend, Army Reserve Lt. Col. Jeno Berta. “He’s a child of the Depression and he’s one of those who says, ‘Everything’s fine, we did without for years, I don’t need any of this.”

But after what Berta had contributed to his country and community, his friends weren’t about to accept that answer.

“We decided that he deserves a home refurbishing and there were safety concerns,” Berta said. “We wanted to get his laundry, bedroom, and shower on the first level.”

The process took six months, during which time Whitaker resided in an assisted living facility. When he returned home on Nov. 14, there had been one final addition: A flag pole. This enabled Whitaker’s welcome home ceremony to include the raising of the flag which had been flown over Rock Island Arsenal in his honor. The event also included a drive-by conducted by Patriot Guard riders and a bugler playing, “To the Colors.”

First Army Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Thomas James Jr., presented Whitaker with several items, including a First Army coin and a patch of the 3rd Infantry Division, which both James and Whitaker served in.

“Korea is so appreciative of what you did,” James told Whitaker. “Seoul is one of the most advanced cities in the world because of the sacrifice of you and those who fought with you. It’s a special opportunity to meet you, sir, and to honor you.”

Davenport Mayor Mike Matson, a retired Ranger and command sergeant major, added, “J.P., this is a great day. Thank you so much for your service. The city of Davenport is proud of you.”

Berta called it a fitting day for a great man.

“J.P. Whitaker is an American treasure,” he said. “He served our nation with honor and distinction with the 3rd Infantry Division in Korea. He has told me, ‘Jeno, I ran out of ammunition once and it will never to me happen again.’ And as someone who has been responsible for inventorying his firearms, I can assure you that is the case. He served our nation, he came home, and went to Bradley University, then worked at John Deere. He’s a fantastic baseball player, he is an artist, and he is a motorcycle enthusiast. The faster he goes, the more he likes it.”

Whitaker loved everything about the day, especially the flag.

“It’s great, everybody should have one,” he said. “It shows the strength of the United States.”

https://www.army.mil/article/241000/

First Army helps welcome home Korean War veteran

Local Army Reserve Command partners with Chicago Wolves to honor veterans on Veteran’s DayBy Anthony L. Taylor November ...
11/13/2020
Local Army Reserve Command partners with Chicago Wolves to honor veterans on Veteran’s Day

Local Army Reserve Command partners with Chicago Wolves to honor veterans on Veteran’s Day

By Anthony L. Taylor
November 12, 2020

CHICAGO- Entering the eleventh month of the pandemic, Soldiers from the Army Reserve’s 85th Support Command partnered with the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves to honor veterans, safely, at the Vietnam Memorial Wall alongside Chicago’s Riverwalk, November 11, 2020.

“I think we should never pass up an opportunity to stop and recognize the great service of servicemen and women,” said Wayne Messmer, Senior Executive Vice President, Chicago Wolves.

Messmer, who may be best known for his singing of the National Anthem at major Chicago sports teams such as the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs, shared that his father served and that he had friends that he lost during the Vietnam War.

“My dad was a decorated World War II [Soldier] and every time I see someone in uniform, it reminds me of him and of the sacrifices from the Greatest Generation,” said Messmer. “I also have high school buddies whose names are on that [Vietnam Memorial] wall, so it’s very personal to me.”

Coordination leading up to the event, assisted by the Office of the Chief Public Affairs-Midwest, was filled with continuous changes as planning developed to implement COVID-19 safety precautions, and minimizing participants to a small military audience in an outdoor setting.

The thirty-minute ceremony, led by Messmer, master of ceremonies, began with a presentation of Colors by the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command color guard team and continued with an invocation by U.S. Army Chaplain (Maj.) Taylor Kim; keynote speaker remarks from U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Ernest Litynski, Commanding General of the 85th USARSC, and retired Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Roger Machut; and closed with a wreath laying presentation.

Additional participants included boats from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Chicago Police and Fire Departments who backdropped the ceremony with immense sprays of water salutes along the Chicago River.

“Today we reflect and honor the courageous men and women who chose to take up the profession of arms to defend and maintain the democratic principles upon which our nation’s freedom depends,” said Litynski. “America stands unique in the world as the only country not founded on race but rather founded on an ideal of freedom and equality. We must never lose sight of that.”

Litynski, who stated that he becomes emotional during Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, had to pause before concluding his remarks as he talked about the service of veterans.

Machut followed remarks after Litynski and shared that his brother’s name, Cpl. Richard R. Machut, can be found on the Vietnam Memorial Wall there, and talked on the importance of remembering veterans.

“This year 2020 has been one of domestic challenges overshadowed by pandemic, civil unrest and spirited politics. We must not forget that we have men and women in uniform who remain in continued armed conflict on foreign shores protecting U.S. interests and providing safety, for us, from those that would do us harm,” said Machut.

The conclusion of the ceremony followed with members throughout Chicagoland’s military community briefly catching up with one another before departing.

“Every day, and especially on Veteran’s Day, I think about the 1.1 million men and women in uniform, the less than one percent of the population, charged with securing the other 99 percent,” said Litynski. “I encourage you to see the strength of our veterans and their families and look for ways to help them.”

https://www.army.mil/article/240806

Local Army Reserve Command partners with Chicago Wolves t...

11/13/2020
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"Always in defense of the red, white and blue. We salute you!"

The 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command salutes #Veterans today and always.

🎥 ➡️ Staff Sgt. Mark A Moore II

#VeteransDay | #ServeWithHonor

11/11/2020

Robert Wilkie, secretary of Veterans Affairs, lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Nov. 11, 2020. The ceremony is held in recognition and commemoration of the veterans who have served in the U.S. uniformed services.

11/11/2020

Robert Wilkie, secretary of Veterans Affairs, lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Nov. 11, 2020. The ceremony is held in recognition and commemoration of the veterans who have served in the U.S. uniformed services.

National Museum of the United States Army
11/11/2020

National Museum of the United States Army

Celebrating together while apart. Join us for the Grand Opening Ceremony livestream on November 11, 2020, at 2 pm EST: dvidshub.net/webcast/25129 #WorthTheWait #USArmyMuseum

11/11/2020

Leaders, staff, faculty, students and cadets attended a Virtual Veterans Day engagement with the 16th Sergeant Major of the Army hosted by the Chicago Public Schools JROTC cadets at the Phoenix STEM Military Academy, Wednesday, Veterans Day.

You can view the engagement with Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston hosted by the Chicago Public Schools JROTC program and the Phoenix STEM Military Academy at https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/25151.

Join the city corps leaders and JROTC team at Phoenix Military Academy, who will host a one-time virtual engagement with SMA Michael A. Grinston. SMA Grinston will pay honor to the Veterans in our community, highlight the values of leadership, the Army Values, and opportunities available for today’s Service members.

11/11/2020
Chicago Wolves

Join the Chicago Wolves Hockey Team on Facebook LIVE as we observe Veterans Day with a wreath-laying ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Chicago Riverwalk to honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. armed forces.

Wolves senior executive vice president Wayne Messmer will open the ceremony at 11 a.m. at the war memorial dedicated Nov. 11, 2005, to all branches of the armed services that served in Vietnam. After the colors are presented by the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command’s color guard and Messmer performs the national anthem, Brigadier General Ernest Litynski — Commanding General of the 85th USARSC — and U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. (retired) Roger R. Machut will serve as guest speakers.

In attendance will be Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Zinn, executive officer of Chicago’s Marine Safety Unit; Col. (retired) Dan Baggio, executive director of military instruction, JROTC, for Chicago Public Schools; Christopher Schmidt, USO of Illinois executive director; and Chaplain (Maj.) Taylor Kim.

https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoWolves/videos/3740667109316720/

Leaders, staff, faculty, students and cadets, you are formally invited to attend a Virtual Veterans Day engagement with ...
11/11/2020

Leaders, staff, faculty, students and cadets, you are formally invited to attend a Virtual Veterans Day engagement with the 16th Sergeant Major of the Army hosted by the Chicago Public Schools JROTC cadets at the Phoenix STEM Military Academy, Today, November 11, from 0830-0930 (EST). To join us, click on the link this Veterans Day at, https://lnkd.in/dsEdRD9.

Join the city corps leaders and JROTC team at Phoenix Military Academy, who will host a one-time virtual engagement with SMA Michael A. Grinston. SMA Grinston will pay honor to the Veterans in our community, highlight the values of leadership, the Army Values, and opportunities available for today’s Service members.

This is a great opportunity to host our cadets (regardless of Service) and inform our students the importance of Service, values of leadership and the military as an integral component in today’s society.

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11/11/2020

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11/11/2020

U.S. Army

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served with honor.

Tomorrow, we stand united in respect for you, our Veterans of all services.

Leave a shout out below (name or drop a picture) for the Veterans who have made a difference in your life!

"Today we pause to honor over 46 mil veterans who have served our nation & reflect on the freedom we have because of the...
11/11/2020

"Today we pause to honor over 46 mil veterans who have served our nation & reflect on the freedom we have because of their sacrifice." -Gen. James C. McConville

#VeteransDay | #SoldierStory

"Today we pause to honor over 46 mil veterans who have served our nation & reflect on the freedom we have because of their sacrifice." -Gen. James C. McConville

#VeteransDay | #SoldierStory

Missouri Athletic Club
11/11/2020

Missouri Athletic Club

This afternoon, the Missouri Athletic Club and The Rotary Club of Saint Louis sponsored the Veterans Day Commemoration and awards celebration. The hybrid virtual and in-person event honored all veterans and provided special recognition to a Veteran of the Year, Veteran of Achievement and a Lifetime Award for dedication to the veteran community 🇺🇸

Parade units were on display in Middleton, Ky, November 8 during the Kentucky Veterans Day Parade-in Reverse!
11/11/2020

Parade units were on display in Middleton, Ky, November 8 during the Kentucky Veterans Day Parade-in Reverse!

2020 Ky Veterans Day Parade

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11, and you can't help celebrate the heroes at Mission BBQ in Grand Rapids, Michigan...
11/11/2020
Veterans Day Event at Mission BBQ

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11, and you can't help celebrate the heroes at Mission BBQ in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

If you say you are patriotic and you support the men and women who have served in our armed forces, well now you have a chance to show it at Mission BBQ from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Veterans Day.

The pledge of allegiance starts at Noon. You will be able to enjoy food, drinks and learn more about hope for heroes.

Read More: Veterans Day Event at Mission BBQ | https://wgrd.com/veterans-day-event-at-mission-bbq/?fbclid=IwAR3TQUgYGiivngYlhCYwiV_SnhXr8zZD3k7WEflnN0qU2f_Ysa_Rj37fbTs&utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11, and you can't help celebrate the heroes at Mission BBQ in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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