Aug 18, 2012 Issues: Defense and National Security

Las Cruces, NM (August 18, 2012) Friday evening, August 17, 2012, Congressman Steve Pearce attended the Tri-Service Banquet, honoring the NCO of the year and the Enlisted Soldiers of the year from White Sands Missile Range. 

“It was an honor to congratulate these valiant men and women and thank them for their dedicated service to our great country and the State of New Mexico,” said Pearce.  

“I strongly believe that the men and women of our military are the true heroes of our country. As a former combat pilot, I can understand the great risks and challenges they face in order to protect this nation and ensure security for our future.”

“I was privileged to thank these soldiers for protecting and defending our freedom.”

The event was hosted by Brigadier General and Mrs. John Ferrari, and Command Sergeant Major and Mrs. Felipe Paul at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces. At the event, Congressman Pearce presented a Congressional Certificate of Achievement to: Army NCO of the Year, SGT. Bernard Quackenbush; Army Soldier of the Year, SPC Kennedy Corichi; Navy Sailor of the Year, FC1 Roland Barber III: Navy Junior Sailor of the Year, FC2 Rennell J. Austria:  Air Force NCO of the Year, TSgt Monica E. Warren:  Air Force Airman of the Year, SrA Paula S. Jordan.