December 22, 2008

Thousands Welcome Home National Guardsmen from Active Duty at Owens Community College Homecoming Ceremony

Owens Student Government Representative Rita Perkins of Toledo, who served in the U.S. Army from 1987-94, distributes flags to Homecoming Ceremony attendees. The flags were donated by the College's Student Government for the event.

Owens Student Government Representative Rita Perkins of Toledo, who served in the U.S. Army from 1987-94, distributes flags to Homecoming Ceremony attendees. The flags were donated by the College’s Student Government for the event.

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Thousands of area residents recently had the opportunity to honor their local soldiers as Owens Community College served as host to a special Homecoming Ceremony for the Ohio National Guard’s Headquarters Company of the 1-148th Infantry Regiment.

“Owens Community College is proud to honor our brave servicemen and servicewomen for placing their lives in harms way and defending and preserving freedom,” said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College. “Extending our gratitude to the 1-148th Infantry Regiment represents a small token of our appreciation for their selfless acts.”

The College joined community leaders, politicians and area residents in recognizing and welcoming home the 1-148th Infantry Regiment from its deployment overseas.

Approximately 200 personnel assigned to Headquarters Company of the 1-148th Infantry Regiment, which is located in Walbridge, were mobilized to support Operation Iraqi Freedom efforts in Kuwait.

Since 2001, several thousand members of the Ohio National Guard have answered the nation’s call, serving in geographical regions ranging from Afghanistan to the Persian Gulf. Owens currently has approximately 300 students from the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses serving their country in the military.

Comparable to the National Guard of other states, the Ohio National Guard has a long history of service to its citizens and the United States. Its heritage is rooted in the militia system that has played a vital role in conflicts, wars, civil disturbances and natural disasters throughout our nation’s history. The overall mission of the Ohio National Guard is to provide trained units and equipment capable of protecting life and property, and preserving peace, order and public safety.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.

Approximately 200 personnel assigned to Headquarters Company of the 1-148th Infantry Regiment were honored at the Homecoming Ceremony.

Approximately 200 personnel assigned to Headquarters Company of the 1-148th Infantry Regiment were honored at the Homecoming Ceremony.

The College joined community leaders, politicians and area residents in welcoming home the national guardsmen.

The College joined community leaders, politicians and area residents in welcoming home the national guardsmen.