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Loebsack honors Iowa soldier


Iowa second District Congressman Loebsack is being special tribute to Major Ben Lampe of the Iowa National Guard. Congressman Loebsackpresented Major Lampe with an American flag which was flown over the U.S. Capitol in Lampe's honor.

Major Lampe is being honored for his service by the Army Chief of Staff, General George Cassey, at the Pentagon this Friday. He will receive the MacArthur Leadership Award, which is presented to outstanding U.S. Army Junior officers. This program recognizes company grade officers who demonstrate the ideals for which General MacArthur stood - duty, honor, country.  The award promotes and sustains effective junior officer leadership in the Army.   

"Meeting our brave Iowan soldiers is one of the highest honors as a Member of Congress, and it was a pleasure to see Major Ben Lampe again," said Congressman Loebsack. "I first had the opportunity to meet Major Ben Lampe in Iraq back in 2007, and his dedication to his country, strong leadership skills, and friendly manner made him a great asset to his team and a pleasure to meet."

Congressman Dave Loebsack led a Congressional Delegation to Iraq in October 2007, and had lunch with the 833rd Engineer Company and Major Ben Lampe. Congressman Loebsack also spoke at the 833rd Engineer Company's sendoff ceremony in June of 2007. The 833rd has served two tours of duty in Iraq, with fourteen months between those deployments. 

"Our soldiers and troops deserve the very best from us, and it was an honor to present Major Lampe with a U.S. flag that had been flown over the Capitol," added Congressman Loebsack. "I am glad that we were able to meet again, and I would like to personally commend Major Lampe for his service to our country. It is soldiers like Major Lampe who make all of Iowa proud of our country."

Online reporter: Ron Steele





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