Home Base Iowa welcomes community
Monday, January 22, 2018
OTTUMWA — It took time, and effort, but the community has achieved Home Base Iowa status. Organizers have set a schedule for a public ceremony that will feature one of the highest ranking soldiers in the state.
The program should help address the shortage of skilled, quality workers in the area. But it was designed to make life easier for troops coming out of the service and back to civilian life; Home Base Iowa involves the businesses, the state plus county or city government. In this local community, both city and county have joined.
The Ottumwa and Wapello County Home Base Iowa Designation Event will start at 3 p.m. Thursday at Bridge View Center.
Connie Hammersley-Wilson of the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce will introduce the governor’s representative, Brigadier General Randy H. Warm, assistant adjutant general, Joint Forces Headquarters, Iowa Army National Guard.
Also speaking will be the president of Indian Hills Community College, Marlene Sprouse, as well as Terry Bradley, the Wapello County Veterans Assistance director.
First Sergeant Greg Henshaw, U.S. Army retired, is now an executive with Community 1st Credit Union; he will speak about the importance of veteran employment.