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Western Herald – WMU student awarded multiple medals by Congressman Fred Upton
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WMU student awarded multiple medals by Congressman Fred Upton

Megan Wenzl
News Reporter

A WMU student graduating in April, Chadwick, “Chad” Dillon received multiple medals for service to our country in the Michigan National Guard.

This morning, Congressman Fred Upton proudly presented honorable medals to this courageous Political Science Major.

“It’s good to know someone in his position will take the time to do that,” said Dillon.

Although both his grandparents and uncle served, he knew he wanted to join the National Guard after 9/11.

“I joined the National Guard during high school,” said Dillon.

According to Fred Upton, Dillon is described as part of the first generation of American Veterans serving post September 11.

Describing the event this morning as, “excellent,” and “nice,” Dillon was awarded seven medals.

According to a press release by the office of Congressman Fred Upton, Dillon received the Army Good Conduct Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with an “M” device for mobilization); the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal; the Army Service Ribbon; the Driver and Mechanic Badge (with Driver “W” Bar for wheeled vehicles); the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal; the Global War on Terror Service Medal; and the Iraq Campaign Medal with one bronze service star.

His family supported him at this honorable moment in Dillon’s life.

“My Mom was crying of course,” said Dillon.

An important message Dillon eagerly wants to tell WMU veterans is this- If any veterans have yet to receive their medals of honor for serving, please contact Upton’s office. According to Dillon, Upton’s office will be happy to help with any veteran related issues.

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