Walorski Awards Legion Of Merit To Peru Native Colonel Gregg Hammond

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Walorski honors Col. Gregg Hammond for over 30 years of military service

PERU, IN – In recognition of over 30 years of military service, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski awarded Colonel Gregg K. Hammond with the Legion of Merit at the Miami County Courthouse this afternoon, joined by Mayor Jim Walker, Veteran Service Officer Jay Kendall, and the Miami County Honor Guard. The Legion of Merit is awarded for outstanding distinguished conduct for exceptional achievements and service.

“Colonel Gregg Hammond is an exemplary Hoosier war hero who has dedicated his life to the defense of our nation at home and abroad,” said Walorski, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “It is a privilege to present the Legion of Merit to Colonel Hammond in his hometown of Peru today, and I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to his family for their support and sacrifice over the past three decades.”

During the ceremony, Congresswoman Walorski pinned the Legion of Merit Medal on Col. Hammond after reading the formal award citation and provided remarks to highlight his distinguished service record.

Col. Hammond completed 33 years of military service in the United States Army, completing multiple deployments during the Vietnam War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Awarded for his distinguished meritorious service to our nation during times of peace and war, Col. Hammond served many roles ranging from a Navy Corpsman in Vietnam to a senior Civil Affairs Officer in Iraq. Notably, the U.S. Army recognized him as instrumental to the implementation of the United States Department of State initiative for a Provincial Level Government. Over the course of his accomplished career, Col. Hammond has served with distinction in Combined, Joint, and Interagency positions.

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