Press Release Governor Tom Wolf commended about 900 soldiers with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB) for their sacrifices as they prepare to deploy to the Middle East in support of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). The soldiers are based in Lebanon and Cambria counties.In order to protect the health of the soldiers, Gov. Wolf, Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and other senior leaders provided video messages of support for the troops.“When the majority of this state, the country and the world temporarily shut down because of the virus, you continued to serve,” said Gov. Wolf. “You put your families and careers on hold. And now, we are asking you to do just that again. I know in my heart that you will complete this mission with the same level of dedication and commitment that you have demonstrated in previous deployments, domestic operations and your intense training.”“These past few months have been so difficult for these soldiers and their families. While most of the world was under quarantine during the worst of this pandemic, the ECAB was training every day,” said Carrelli. “You all put your nation first and we appreciate your sacrifice and hard work to get the ECAB to this point. We are proud of your service and look forward to your safe return following another successful deployment.”Wolf and Carrelli also addressed the families of the soldiers, saying that they also experience incredible sacrifice when their loved ones are deployed, and that Pennsylvania is here to help families through these challenging times.The ECAB will deploy with 500 soldiers from other states to provide Army air operations, including transport and medivac services in support of CENTCOM. The unit will head to Texas in July before an approximately nine-month tour of duty overseas.“They have endured so much to get ready for this deployment but they are some of the finest, well-trained, resilient, professional soldiers that I have ever experienced in my 37 years as an enlisted soldier and officer,” said Col. Howard Lloyd, ECAB commander.To view the video messages and learn more about this deployment, go to https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/28CAB.Ver esta página en español. Governor Wolf and Pa. National Guard Senior Leaders Commend Soldiers Headed to the Middle East June 27, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 24) – Jacob Murray captured his third win in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds while Donavon Smith picked up another victory in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars Friday at Marshalltoewn Speedway.Joey Schaefer won for the first time in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division and Eric Stanton got back on track, winning the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature.Murray started ninth in the Modified feature. He put his no. 48J ride to the topside and reeled in the front running cars quickly. When a yellow flew at lap four, Murray was already sitting in third place behind Jake Strayer and leader Jenae Gustin.When the race restarted, Murray put it to the top again, and passed both Strayer and Gustin and was scored the leader at lap five. From there on, he shook off all challenges and swept to the win, his third of the season. Richie Gustin, who did not run his heat race, and had to start dead last in 20th spot, flew through the pack to finish as runner up, and hard charger of the race. Cody Laney, the California racer who is back in the area for some Iowa racing, finished third.By lap four of the Stock Car main, it was the familiar no. 35 of Smith lurking in second. When a yellow flew at lap eight, Smith was ready for the restart, and made the pass for the lead. He then kept the rest of the pack at bay the remaining laps to the finish and the win.A good battle brewed in the closing laps between Dave Atcher and eighth place starter Damon Murty, with Murty winning out for the runner-up spot and Atcher going third.After Stanton had his perfect streak ended last week by Gene Nicklas, he got back to victory lane this week by winning the 15-lap Hobby Stock feature. Stanton started eighth and by lap four had claimed the lead. He then pulled away to win by a comfortable margin, holding back Jamie Songer in second and 11th starting Chad LeGere en route to his eighth local win of the year.Joey Schaefer took home the trophy in the 18-lap feature event for the Northern SportMods. Shaefer got the lead by lap three and never looked back on his way to victory lane. A distance behind in second was 17th starting Jared VanDeest and 10th starting Brayton Carter in third. Carter VanDenBerg rallied through the field from starting 21st to take fourth.