LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, proudly welcomed Chief Master Sgt. Alan VanPate to the state Capitol on Thursday as his honored guest for the Michigan Senate’s 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the state’s fallen soldiers.
VanPate was recently appointed as the senior enlisted advisor for the Michigan National Guard and is the first member of the Michigan Air Guard selected for that position.
VanPate deployed in 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he coordinated more than 200 air missions in support of combat operations. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.
Editor’s note: The above photograph of Jones and VanPate is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at www.SenatorRickJones.com/Photowire.