News & Events (Page 3)

News & Events (Page 3)

Colonel Donald L. Heiliger

There has been much said and written about Colonel Don Heiliger. Here is just a sampling of them: Wisconsin Army National Guard 1955-1958 U.S. Air Force 1958-1985 Cold War 1955-1985 Vietnam War 1966-1973 (POW) DONALD L. HEILIGER Major – United States Air Force Shot Down: May 15, 1967 Released: February 18, 1973 I graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1958 with a degree in Accounting, entered the Air Force Force in September of 1958, having been an Air Force…

SSG Bud Randal

  Bud Randal, 97 years young WWII Staff Sargent-Combat Engineer at Omaha Beach. He is a member at Cross of Christ Church in Liverpool New York. Bud stands next to one of stained-glass crosses that he created and installed on each side of the sanctuary. Enlisted in the Army in April 1943. Bud was married with his child 7 months old and didn’t think that she would be past 3 before he would get home from the war. His older…

Stand Down Event

Saturday, October 22, 2016 was the annual Wayne D. Horner Memorial “Homeless Veterans Stand Down” held in Madison, Wisconsin. More than 100 former military members from the area were offered services from medical, dental, and health providers. They got haircuts. Breakfast and lunch were served. Clothing and hygiene items were given away. Veterans could find out about disability and VA benefit eligibility, housing and social services resources along with employment and training information. The Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG) and…

Pastors Who Have Worn the Uniform

    Home Church: Martin Luther Ev. Lutheran Church, Oshkosh, WI Branch: U.S. Navy Rank: Sk3 -Storekeeper (air freight) Status: Veteran After graduating in 1966 from Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, WI, I attended Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN (A.A. degree) and WSU-Stevens Point, WI. In the Fall of 1969, I began my active duty in the U.S. Navy serving at the Naval Overseas Air Cargo Terminal (N.O.A.C.T.) on Hickam Air Force Base, a division of the Naval…

ELS Convention

The LMSG was represented at and was welcomed at the Evangelical Lutheran Synod Convention, June 19-23, 2016, Held at Bethany Lutheran College & Theological Seminary in Mankato, MN.                           ELS PRESIDENTS POSE FOR THE CAMERA:  L TO R SIDE… Dr. Gene Pfeifer, President of Bethany Lutheran College Pastor John Molstad, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod Pastor Gaylin Scheming, President of Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary      …

SERVICE PERSON OF THE MONTH-NC

Branch: Army National Guard Unit: 440th North Carolina Army Band Rank: Sergeant (SGT) Amy was baptized in a Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLC) church in Okabena, MN, in August of 1990 and grew up in various CLC churches throughout the Midwest.  In 2011, she joined the South Dakota Army National Guard as a clarinetist and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  She completed her Advanced Individualized Training at the Army School of Music in Virginia where she…

Memorial Day Offering

For the Week of May 29, 2016 Remembering Taps Remember the days of old; consider the generation’s long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you (Deuteronomy 32:7). The tapping stopped on Christmas Eve. The year was 1941. The place was Pearl Harbor. By then the fires had burned out. The memories, however, would burn for lifetimes. The sight of the dead on December 7th, the moans of the wounded, and…

Grant to DryHootch

The photo attached was at Madison DryHootch when MC Denny Behr presented our check to DryHootch. Calvin Tucker, former Site Manager and current Certified Peer Specialist, is on the left.  Melinda Dresen, current Site Manager at DryHootch, is in the center.  Master Chief represents LMSG; he is on the right.  Tucker is an Army Veteran (during Vietnam), is totally blind, and has been an outstanding representative of the efforts to support needy veterans in Madison.  Dresen battles hereditary, degenerative blindness,…

Christmas in Okinawa

  Charles Gumm is pastor at Community Lutheran, Honolulu. Just after Christmas, I left Hawaii for a trip to visit our WELS military personnel and their families on Okinawa, an island between Japan and Taiwan. Our synod’s Military Services Committee and the Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG) asked me in October 2015 to look into developing a more consistent ministry to WELS service members stationed throughout the Pacific. We already have an organized mission of five families on Okinawa, so…