Senior center to honor vets on Friday

The North Big Horn Senior Center is inviting area veterans to attend a special luncheon to be held in their honor on Friday at noon at the center. Program organizer Rich Fink will act as master of ceremonies at the event, which will also include special guest speaker Gerald Swan.

Swan is the State Veterans Service Officer for the Wyoming Veterans Commission. Swan is a Wyoming native who enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1984. His career spanned a 20-year period, during which he was an Air Transportation Specialist and later rose to the rank of Master Sergeant. According to his biography, his career encompassed the globe with assignments at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, Kadena Air Base in Okinawa and Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

During his extensive career serving in the Air Force, Swan participated in and supported a number of operations including: Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Calm, the Task Force Full Accounting, Operation Allied Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. He has served in the State Veterans Service Office since 2008, where he assists Big Horn Basin veterans and their families with applying for their federal and state veterans’ benefits.

North Big Horn Senior Center Director Denise Andersen will also address the veterans. Lovell Elementary School music teacher Chauna Bischoff’s students will perform patriotic music. Dale Fowler will act as bugler at the event.

A color guard consisting of local veterans – Terry Wilkerson, Frank Wilkerson, Reed Williams, Alan Sessions, Jim Thomas, Jerry Anderson and Butch Fink – will present the flag.

All veterans attending will be recognized for their service and will receive a free lunch courtesy of the Bank of Lovell.

The public is encouraged to attend this popular annual event honoring veterans in the community.

By Patti Carpenter