Reminder: Kowall and Nofs honoring Vietnam era veterans at Battle Creek event

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Mike Nofs on Friday reminded interested parties of a formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony on Friday, Oct. 27 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Nofs, R-Battle Creek, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Battle Creek in conjunction with the 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base.

The ceremony will give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. The lawmakers encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them in paying tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, at the 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, 3367 W. Dickman Road, Battle Creek.

RSVP to Sherry Swann, U.S. Army veteran, at 269-274-8890 (email gordonrosberg@comcast.net) or to Kowall’s Director of District Affairs Lynn O’Brien at 517-373-0563 (email lobrien@senate.michigan.gov).

Kowall and Nofs will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

The master of ceremonies at the event will be retired Army National Guard Col. Frank Walker. South Haven native, Vietnam veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Spc. 5 James C. McCloughan and retired Army Brig. Gen. Robert Secrist will be the guest speakers, and McCloughan will perform the national anthem.

To begin the formal ceremony, American Legion Post 298, Patriot Guard Riders and the Blue Star Mothers will form a flag cordon line inside the hangar for a Vietnam veteran procession.

Additional event highlights:
• Cereal City Concert Band will perform a selection of patriotic music under the direction of Conductor Dr. Stephen White, and they will also end the ceremony with echo taps performed by Susan Owen and Derrick Anthony;
• The Hooligans Flight Team will perform a flyover in the Missing Man Formation;
• A variety of veterans service organizations will be on hand to provide Vietnam veterans and their families with current information on benefits;
• Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 313 will host a Vietnam memorabilia table; and
• Firekeepers Casino Hotel of Battle Creek has generously offered to donate sandwiches for the event.

Guests should be aware that all vehicles entering Battle Creek Air National Guard Base are subject to inspection. For security, no bags or purses will be authorized in the event area, and individuals may be subject to metal detector inspection. Handicapped parking will be limited, although a shuttle service will be provided from the on-base parking area to the event.

The lapel pinning ceremony is not an official military function of the 110th Attack Wing.

Kowall has held numerous events, in both Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including VFW/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

Kowall welcomes Chaplain Lawrence Michael Girard to Capitol to give Senate invocation

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, welcomed Chaplain Lawrence Michael Girard of American Legion Post 49 in South Haven to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Girard gave the invocation before the start of the Senate session.

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Oakland Press: Senate resolution honors vital contributions of Michigan manufacturers

Sen. Mike Kowall

Sen. Mike Kowall

By Sen. Mike Kowall
15th Senate District

Michigan has long been a global manufacturing leader, and we remain the national leader in the creation of manufacturing jobs, outpacing all other states.

In recognition of the importance of Michigan manufacturing to the state, the nation and the world, I recently co-sponsored Senate Resolution 101, which honors Michigan manufacturers and their essential work.

That work encompasses the industries of machinery fabrication, construction, computer and electrical products, furniture, transportation, alternative energy, food and beverage, bioscience, defense-related manufacturing, and many others.

Manufacturing is central to our economy not only for the production of necessary goods, but for several other reasons as well:

• Manufacturing is vital to other industries because it yields constant innovations and produces ever-evolving technologies;

• Manufacturing is one of the most critical components in the creation of a strong national security and defense; and

• Manufacturing is the greatest wealth builder for our economy and our nation — for all levels of wage earners.

The numbers surrounding this industry in our state are impressive.

Manufacturing represents one-fifth of Michigan’s gross state product; total manufacturing output in the state exceeds $92.55 billion annually.

One out of every seven nonfarm jobs in Michigan is in manufacturing, employing 608,500 men and women.

Michigan has created more than 156,500 new manufacturing jobs in the last eight years — an increase of 34.6 percent.

And more growth is still possible in the industry as new, skilled talent enters the workforce to claim the more than 3.5 million high-paying, high-tech and innovative advanced manufacturing careers expected to be needed over the next decade.

The passage of SR 101 corresponded with Michigan Manufacturing Week — which ran from Sunday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Oct. 7 — as well as Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 6.

Manufacturing Day celebrates modern manufacturing and is designed to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Every year on this day, manufacturers invite people in their communities — students, educators, businesspeople, media, and politicians — to their facilities to inform them of manufacturing career opportunities and to educate them about their work.

This year, Michigan Manufacturing Week and SR 101 highlighted the positive careers in manufacturing and applauded the entrepreneurial spirit of Michigan’s manufacturers, as well as their role in making Michigan the Comeback State it is today.

This column appeared in the Oakland Press. Senator Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, is the Michigan Senate majority floor leader. He serves the residents of the 15th Senate District, representing western Oakland County.

Spinal Column: Senate resolution honors contributions of Michigan manufacturers

Sen. Mike Kowall

Sen. Mike Kowall

By Sen. Mike Kowall
15th Senate District

Michigan has long been a global manufacturing leader, and we remain the national leader in the creation of manufacturing jobs, outpacing all other states.

In recognition of the importance of Michigan manufacturing to the state, the nation and the world, I recently co-sponsored Senate Resolution 101, which honors Michigan manufacturers and their essential work.

That work encompasses the industries of machinery fabrication, construction, computer and electrical products, furniture, transportation, alternative energy, food and beverage, bioscience, defense-related manufacturing, and many others.

Manufacturing is central to our economy not only for the production of necessary goods, but for several other reasons as well:

• Manufacturing is vital to other industries because it yields constant innovations and produces ever-evolving technologies;

• Manufacturing is one of the most critical components in the creation of a strong national security and defense; and

• Manufacturing is the greatest wealth builder for our economy and our nation — for all levels of wage earners.

The numbers surrounding this industry in our state are impressive.

Manufacturing represents one-fifth of Michigan’s gross state product; total manufacturing output in the state exceeds $92.55 billion annually.

One out of every seven nonfarm jobs in Michigan is in manufacturing, employing 608,500 men and women.

Michigan has created more than 156,500 new manufacturing jobs in the last eight years — an increase of 34.6 percent.

And more growth is still possible in the industry as new, skilled talent enters the workforce to claim the more than 3.5 million high-paying, high-tech and innovative advanced manufacturing careers expected to be needed over the next decade.

The passage of SR 101 corresponded with Michigan Manufacturing Week — which ran from Sunday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Oct. 7 — as well as Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 6.

Manufacturing Day celebrates modern manufacturing and is designed to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Every year on this day, manufacturers invite people in their communities — students, educators, businesspeople, media, and politicians — to their facilities to inform them of manufacturing career opportunities and to educate them about their work.

This year, Michigan Manufacturing Week and SR 101 highlighted the positive careers in manufacturing and applauded the entrepreneurial spirit of Michigan’s manufacturers, as well as their role in making Michigan the Comeback State it is today.

This column first appeared in the Spinal Column newsweekly. Senator Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, is the Michigan Senate majority floor leader. He serves the residents of the 15th Senate District, representing western Oakland County.

Kowall and Robertson welcome guests from Malawi

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (right) and Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, (left) on Tuesday honored special Senate guests Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Malawi Mbuya Isaac G. Munlo (second from right) and Fai Majamanda of Malawi.

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Kowall and Nofs to discuss Battle Creek event honoring Vietnam era veterans

What:
A press conference to discuss the Friday, Oct. 27 formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony in Battle Creek.

Who:
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek
Public Affairs Officer 2nd Lt. Andrew Layton, Michigan Air National Guard 110th Attack Wing

When:
Monday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.

Where:
110th Attack Wing
Battle Creek Air National Guard Base
3367 W. Dickman Road
Battle Creek

Brief:
Kowall, Nofs and other participants will discuss the Oct. 27 “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Era Veterans and Their Families” formal lapel pinning ceremony in Battle Creek. Michigan Air National Guard 2nd Lt. Andrew Layton will moderate the press conference.

South Haven native, Vietnam veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Spc. 5 James C. McCloughan will perform the national anthem at the Oct. 27 ceremony and address the audience. In addition, the Cereal City Concert Band will perform a selection of patriot music under the direction of Conductor Dr. Stephen White, and the Hooligans Flight Team will do a flyover in a Missing Man formation. For more information, visit www.hooliganflight.com.

Note: For media credentials, please contact Kowall’s Director of District Affairs Lynn O’Brien at 517-373-0563 (email lobrien@senate.michigan.gov).