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Veterans Honored at South Bend Campus

Dec 01, 2014

The South Bend Campus recently held a Veterans Day ceremony to honor students, faculty, and staff members who have answered the call to service.

Each veteran in attendance told their own story, including details about their branch of service, military duties, and years served. The service of those honored at the ceremony ranged from four to 26 years of service in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and National Guard.  

One of the students honored at the ceremony, John Sikorski, is enrolled in the medical assisting and business administration management programs and is a U.S. Army veteran whose decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, numerous other awards, as a supply specialist and cavalry scout. John said, “I was proud to serve three times in Iraq and would do it again.” He currently serves as a volunteer in the Color Guard for Miller Vets in South Bend.  

D. B. “Doc” Rushing was also one of the veterans honored at the Veterans Day event. As a U.S. senior naval officer, he served as a submarine officer and a senior officer in the Chinese-Mandarin Department in a semiautonomous communications role. Doc is a General Education faculty member at the South Bend Campus.

Another faculty member, pharmacy technician instructor, Bob Jankowski, served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam with a headquarters battalion. Bob stated, “It was while serving in the Marines that I became aware of the real world.”

The South Bend Campus community was appreciative of the opportunity to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of these, and all, veterans at the Veterans Day ceremony.

U.S. Marine Corps veteran and pharmacy technician instructor Bob Jankowski was one of several veterans honored at the South Bend Campus’s Veterans Day recognition ceremony.

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