This morning at his Kalamazoo District Office, Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) presented service medals to local Iraq War veteran Chadwick L. "Chad" Dillon for his service in the Michigan Army National Guard. Dillon is currently a senior political science major at Western Michigan University.
"It is a great honor to recognize Chad Dillon for his exemplary service to our country," said Upton. "Chad is a remarkable young man, belonging to the first generation of brave American veterans to answer our nation's call in a post-September 11th world. We are forever indebted to our courageous warriors like Chad Dillon for their countless sacrifices to keep our nation safe and secure."
Born in 1987, Dillon joined the Michigan Army National Guard in December 2004 and completed his service in December 2010. During his time of service, Dillon served as an infantryman during Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2008 to January 2009, providing convoy security in southern Iraq. Upton presented Dillon with the Army Good Conduct Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with an "M" device for mobilization); the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal; the Army Service Ribbon; the Driver and Mechanic Badge (with Driver "W" Bar for wheeled vehicles); the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal; the Global War on Terror Service Medal; and the Iraq Campaign Medal with one bronze service star.