||Brad Meyer, Director of Public and Media Relations
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Ohio National Guardsmen Honored at Owens, June 18
Area residents will have the opportunity to honor their local soldiers
as Owens Community College hosts a Freedom Campaign Ceremony for the
Ohio National Guard's 216th Engineer Battalion on Saturday, June 18.
The Freedom Campaign Ceremony for the unit will begin at 11 a.m. in the
College's Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125-128 on the
Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from
The College will join community leaders, family members and area
residents in honoring the 216th Engineer Battalion from its deployment
overseas. In recognition of outstanding support for the unit, a
community organization will receive the Center of Influence Award, while
an individual will be honored with the Distinguished Center of Influence
"Owens Community College is proud to honor our brave servicemen and
servicewomen for dedicating their lives to preserving liberty," said
Gary Dettling, Owens vice president of College Advancement, and serves
as an officer in the National Guard holding major rank. "Extending our
gratitude to the 216th Engineer Battalion represents a small token of
our continued appreciation for their selfless acts."
Approximately 50 personnel from the 216th Engineer Battalion, which is
located in Walbridge, were mobilized to support Operation Iraqi Freedom
efforts in the U.S. Central Command area of operations. The area
included culturally diverse nations located in the Horn of Africa, South
and Central Asia, and the Northern Red Seas regions, as well as the
Arabian Peninsula in Iraq.
As part of its mission, the 216th Engineer Battalion provided command
and control of engineer assets in the area of operations for
firefighting, dump truck and bridge building units. The Battalion was
mobilized and overseas from February 2004 to March 2005.
Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, over 7,000 members of
the Ohio National Guard have answered the nation's call, serving in
geographical regions ranging from Afghanistan to the Persian Gulf.
Comparable to the National Guard of other states, the Ohio National
Guard has a long history of service to its citizens and the United
States. Its heritage is rooted in the militia system that has played a
vital role in conflicts, wars, civil disturbances and natural disasters
throughout our nation's history. The overall mission of the Ohio
National Guard is to provide trained units and equipment capable of
protecting life and property and preserving peace, order and public
The Ohio National Guard maintains a presence in 54 of the state's 88
counties. Ohio's Air Guard units are dispersed in seven geographical
locations to include Cincinnati, Columbus, Mansfield, Port Clinton,
Springfield, Toledo and Zanesville. The state's Army Guard units
occupy several training sites and 51 armories statewide.
For those reservists who are currently pursuing their college
education, Owens Community College is committed to assisting them in
fulfilling their military commitment.
Owens students called to active duty should contact the College's
Veterans Representative, ensuring that they receive a full refund on
their paid semester tuition and fees. Once the College receives a
student's military orders, an Owens representative will complete the
proper paperwork to release the service member from College courses. In
addition, Owens suggests that any reservist with prior student loans
contact their servicing agents and request forbearance on their loan.
For more information, contact the Owens Veterans Representative at
1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7342 or (567) 661-7342.
Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher
educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area
campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students,
making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is
committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched
affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in
Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service,
Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens
students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with
a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.