State honors female veterans for their serviceChronicle Media — April 1, 2016
Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger recently honored 23 female veterans from across Illinois for their leadership, dedication, and ongoing service to their country and their communities during a Women’s History Month Celebration at the James R. Thompson Center.
Chicago news anchor and reporter Stacey Baca served as emcee.
In addition to Munger, speakers included Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, Illinois Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries, and Alison Ruble, President & CEO of the USO of Illinois.
Comptroller Munger also presented the USO of Illinois with a proclamation celebrating its 75th anniversary.
The Proviso East High School NJROTC Color Guard and national anthem singer Danlie Cuenca from the Navy Band Great Lakes participated in the ceremony.
The 23 honorees included:
Diane Ahrens | US MARINE CORPS
Alex Brackett | US MARINE CORPS
DeAnna Cagley | US ARMY MEDICAL CORPS
Tricia Dieringer | US ARMY
Alexis Duhon | US ARMY
Megan Everett | US NAVY
Katherine Gemmell | US NAVY
Kelsey Gumm | US NAVY
Amy Hess | US ARMY
Rep. Jeanne Ives | US ARMY
Erica Jeffries | US ARMY
Ashley Jones | US NAVY
Rep. Stephanie Kifowit | US MARINE CORPS
Dr. Donna King | US ARMY
Nicole Mandeville | US ARMY
Marie Marcotte | US ARMY
Lana McCants | US NAVY
Janice Muhammad | US ARMY
Loan Nguyen | US ARMY
Darienne Page-Rakestraw | US ARMY
Leslie Rodriguez | US NAVY
Alma Tello | US AIR FORCE
Veronica Vera | US AIR FORCE
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