HONORING BRIG. GEN. DONALD POLK, M.D. -- (Extensions of Remarks - September 10, 2004)
SPEECH OF HON. MARSHA BLACKBURN
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2004
Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, today I want to take a moment and thank a leader who has served not only his community in Tennessee, but also our Nation. After a lifetime of service as an officer in the United States military and as a physician, Brig. Gen. Donald H. Polk, M.D. is retiring.
In 1976, my friend Dr. Polk began working with the Tennessee Army National Guard. As Deputy Commander, State Area Command, Tennessee Army National Guard, General Polk has been responsible for supervising and training 3,000 combat service support soldiers of the Tennessee Army National Guard. Over the years Tennesseans have come to know and respect his leadership abilities.
And as a family physician in Wayne County, Dr. Polk has cared for thousands of people across our community. Again, his leadership abilities shone through as Medical Director of Emergency Service at Wayne Medical Center.
We are grateful for Dr. Polk's dedication and today I am pleased to honor and recognize his many years of service.