October 31, 2012

Honored at USO Europe Service Salute

WNC Graduate Earns Military Recognition

Shannon White
Shannon White

Shannon E. White, a 2008 graduate of Western Nevada College, was one of 12 service members recognized during the 20th annual United Service Organization’s Europe Service Salute on Oct. 19 at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

The Salute honored junior enlisted personnel representing U.S. and German armed forces for their outstanding military and community achievements.

White, who is from Dayton, graduated from WNC with an associate of applied science degree in computer networking. While completing his degree on the Carson City campus, White repeatedly was on the dean’s list.

White, a senior airman in the 603rd Air @ Space Squadron of the U.S. Air Forces Europe, was among seven members of the United States Armed Forces honored. The remaining five honorees were from the Germany military. The Salute recognizes men and women from both countries, reaffirming the partnership between the armed forces of each nation.

Walt Murren, regional vice president of USO Europe, applauded the efforts of White and the other 11 honorees.

“Thank you for your outstanding service to your nation and to the principles of freedom,” Murren said. “All here tonight are free to enjoy their lives in peace because of your personal sacrifice and that of your brothers and sisters in arms. Thank you from our heart, all of us here at USO, thank you.”

Other U.S. honorees were Cpl. Charles M. Williams, U.S. Marine Corps; 
Spc. Antonio M. King, U.S. Army Africa; Spc. Alexander D. Johnson, U.S. Special Operations Command Europe; Spc. Francisco Lee Flores, U.S. Army Europe; Seaman Kara Leone DiNicola, U.S. Coast Guard; and Aerographer’s Mate Airman Kylie J. Marty, U.S. Naval Forces Europe.

German honorees included Oberstabsgefreiter Benjamin Hüttemann, German Army; OberStabsgefreiter Markus Werda, German Joint Support Service; Hauptgefreiter Ümit Emre Kaptan, German Air Force; Stabsgefreiter Torsten Hampe, German Joint Medical Service; and Obermaat Martin Steinkraus, German Navy.

Press Release: October 23, 2012

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