Youngstown State salutes America’s Armed Forces

> In October, Youngstown State University in Ohio completed the construction of its Armed Forces Boulevard. This refurbished section of road recognizes the service and sacrifices of those who have served in the military.

(Right: Petty Officers from Ninth District Units represent the Coast Guard in a joint-service color guard during the dedication ceremony for Youngstown State University’s Armed Forces Boulevard, October 30, 2009. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener)

The ceremony officially dedicating the Boulevard was held on October 30th. Coast Guard members from the Ninth District participated as one of six Color Guard teams Representatives from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps Veterans and the Youngstown State Army ROTC took place in the Colors Ceremony before a crowd of approximately 200 veterans, Youngstown State students, alumni and faculty and their friends and relatives. Capt. David Callahan, Ninth District Chief of Staff, represented the Ninth Coast Guard District as an honored guest.

(Left: Capt. David Callahan, Ninth District Chief of Staff, stands with members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and other honored guests at the Youngstown State University Armed Forces Boulevard dedication. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener)

Other distinguished guests included U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan, Ohio State Senators Capri Cafaro, Joseph Schiavoni, Jason Wilson and Ohio State Representatives Ronald Gerberry, Robert Hagan, Sandra Stabile Harwood, Tom Letson, Deborah Newcomb and Mark Okey.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Linville, of the Ninth District Staff, is a Coast Guard Reservist and student at Youngstown State. She is a criminal justice major with a focus on legal process. Linville also works in the Office of Veterans Affairs there and her hard work directly contributed to the success of the Armed Forces Boulevard Project and the designation of Youngstown State as a veteran-friendly campus by G.I. Jobs Magazine, a publication that offers advice to active-duty military members who are separating from the military and looking to further their education.

(Left: Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Linville, a Reservist on the Ninth District Staff and member of the Youngstown State Office of Veterans Affairs, addresses the crowd of veterans, students and their friends and family during the Armed Forces Boulevard Dedication, October 30, 2009. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener.)

“It feels so good to finally see this project finished,” said Linville. “The last three weeks leading up to the event has been really stressful, but to finally see everything done is really exciting; this is the first time something like this has ever been done on campus.”

G.I. Jobs Magazine has named Youngstown State as one of 2010’s most military-friendly schools.

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