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Saying Thank You
5/31/2018
Monday was Memorial Day, but one single day should not be the only instance when we remember and honor those who served and are serving our country. We tend to focus on our nation’s military branches – Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. I want to take some time to acknowledge two other groups who also serve and have earned our respect and admiration.

Recently, “Guard Day at the Capitol” was held as the mission and capabilities of the Pennsylvania National Guard were showcased through numerous displays and speakers. May 23, 2018, was also declared “National Guard Day in Pennsylvania,” and Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, spoke on the House floor.

The Pennsylvania National Guard is made up of the Air National Guard (PAANG) and Army National Guard (PANG), and falls under the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The Air National Guard, a reserve component of the United States Air Force, currently has approximately 4,000 members, while the Army National Guard, with approximately 15,000 members, is a reserve component of the United States Army.

Southcentral Pennsylvania plays a key role in these operations, as both our Air and Army National Guard units are based out of Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. While the installation does not conduct formal tours, a trip to “The Gap” is highly recommended. You can visit the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum, as well as the more than 600-acre Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, which is home to nearly 45,000 interments. The grounds are quite a sight, especially when adorned with flags on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

This statement from the home page of the PANG website says it all about National Guardsmen and women – “Pennsylvania Army National Guard members are ordinary people just like you. They come from every walk of life and from every part of the state. What brings them together as a team is their love of country, community, and their commitment to all Americans.”

I am privileged to call one of those “ordinary people” my colleague and friend, and he is especially in my prayers this year. State Rep. Matt Gabler, who serves Clearfield and Elk counties, deployed to the Middle East a few months ago as part of his service as a captain in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Matt is a medical logistics officer in the 28th Infantry Division Headquarters, the oldest division in the United States Army. Commissioned as an Army Reserve Officer in 2006, Matt’s full-time military orders are expected to cover most of the 2018 calendar year, during which time he leaves behind his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Caroline, whose second birthday will be celebrated in August. Matt is a fine leader and tremendous example of the caliber of person who serves in the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Another lesser known but very important branch of service in our country is the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Conceived in the late 1930s, CAP is a volunteer organization which serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. It carries out emergency services missions (including search and rescue), educates our youth and the general public on aerospace, and leads cadet programs for teenage youth. CAP has also been called on to deal with issues regarding homeland security, as well as courier service missions.

Its membership is divided into two groups - cadets ranging from 12 to just under 21 years of age who are organized based upon United States Air Force ranks and pay grades, and senior members 18 years of age who serve as instructors, supervisors and operators. All members wear uniforms while performing their duties. Their missions are humanitarian in nature, most often in support of the Red Cross. At last count, CAP has more than 57,000 members.

Mahatma Gandhi never wore a uniform but knew something about serving. He once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Many people believe there are no heroes in our time, or choose to find heroism in those who catch, throw, hit or run after a ball. Those skills are certainly talents, but far from the only thing we should use as a measuring stick when it comes to gauging courage and what it means to truly be a hero.

Those who serve and have served our country go and went the extra mile, expecting little if anything in return. I encourage you, when you see a man or women in uniform, to say “Thank you for your service.” They may be ordinary people, but they are doing extraordinary things for the great country in which we live.

Representative Will Tallman
193rd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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