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1- 5 The Burke (SD) Gazette, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 General Rod Johnson Guest Herrick United Methodist Church Sunday Services 9:15 AM _ ] Jungle Of Flowers , RE',E :N "l'OOSl I Monday through Friday... 9-6 Saturday... 9-4 ( Great SelectionTo Choose From!) l Bedding Plants Hanging BasketsI Flowers'~ Much Much More! .,) imgle{ fFl0wers . Telephone 605-775-2979 The 3 C's of County Commission t/Community t/Communication JCollaboration Community 8uild s c u 'wb/ e ecuncmes, for the future and neighborhoods Commnnieation *Inertmsing communication between you and your Commissionm to promote open and transparent local government Collaboration Working together to advance policies that make Gregory County an even better place to work and live I'd appreciate your vote for the Ward2 County Commission seat in the June 7th primary! ~?~d for b~ ~ ~ SutUm Harley Hill, 93 Funeral Services for 93 year old Harley Hill of Gregory, SD were held on Saturday, May 28 at the Methodist Church in Gregory, SD. Burial will follow at a later date. Harley Hill, 93, passed away on May 25, in West River Gregory, South Dakota. He was born June 30, 1922, to Rollie and Eva Hill, on the family homestead north of Gregory. His mother was not happy with the doctor's fee of $25. He joined his sister and only sibling, Marcel- lene. Harley traveled by horseback with his big sister to rural schools in Gregory County during the Depres- sion. He was expelled from Greg- ory High School for good reason and later went on to graduate from Burke High School in 1940, along with his future wife, Katherine Neuroth. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Harley enlisted in the Navy and Katherine entered nurses training at St. Vineent's in Sioux City, Iowa, graduating a registered nurse in 1944. They married later that year on September 22, 1944, while stationed in Beeville, Texas. When Harley entered naval flight training, he was assigned to Yankton College for ground school. He was later stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas for primary flight NOTICE OF CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR VACANCY GREGORY COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS As of December 31, 2016, there will be three vacancies on the Gregory County" Conservation District Board of Supervisors due to the expiration of the current terms of office of Jim Krier, Tim Peppel & OB Steffen. All parties interested in election to the board please contact Ken Steele, District Manager or Tina Schonebaum, District Secretary. NOTE: All petitions must be sisned and filed on or before July Ist, 2016. Please note these vacancies are for Rural Landowner or Occupier, Taxpayer of Real Property and Urban Member. If you have any questions, please contact the Gregory County Conservation District, PO Box 339, Burke, SD 57523 or call 605-775-2770. Speaker At Memorial Day Program Memorial Day activities were worldwide to include Iraq,Afghani- held on Monday, May 30th at the stan, Korea, Panama, Germany, Burke School Gym. The address Bosnia and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. was presented by Brigadier General General Johnson proudly wears the Rodney L. Johnson, pictured above. CID Combat Patch, Operation Iraqi Brigadier General Rodney L. Freedom. Johnson graduated from Burke General Johnson holds a Bach- High School in 1973. General elor of Science degree in Sociology Johnson subsequently attended from South Dakota State Univer- South Dakota State University and sity, a Master's degree in Police upon graduation in 1977 was com- science and Public Administration missioned through the ROTC pro- from Wichita State University, and gram as a Second Lieutenant in the a Master's degree in National Se- United States Army Military Police curity Strategy from the National Corps. Defense University. He is also a As a Military Police Officer, graduate of the FBI National Acad- General Johnson served the Nation emy and his military education in- for over 32 years in a wide variety eludes the Command and General of demanding positions and ulti- Staff College and the National War mately retired in 2010. College. From 2006 to 2010, Gen- General Johnson's awards and eral Johnson performed duties at the badges include the Distinguished Pentagon as the Provost Marshal Service Medal (OLC), Legion of General (PMG), USA and as the Merit (30LC) Defense Meritorious Commanding General (CG), USA Service Medal (4OLC), Parachut- Criminal Investigations Command ist Badge, Army Staff Identification (CID). In this capacity, he led the Badge, selection as a Military Po- 60,000 (+) Military Police Soldiers lice Hall of Fame member, and he deployed and stationed wordwide; is a lifetime member of the Veterans and was responsible for all Army of Foreign Wars, Post 9950 (Burke, felony-level crime investigations at South Dakota). over 123 locations. Since his retirement from the During his 32 (+) years of mili- Army in 2010, General Johnson tary service, General Johnson com- has served as Director of Security manded at the Detachment through Operations for BWX Technologies, Army Major Command level and a highly specialized organization served with Soldiers, Airmen, Ma- which conducts Nuclear Fuel/Tech- fines and Sailors at numerous lo- nology Support Operations at 20(+) cations in the United States and locations across North America. school. He received his wings on plane was the Stearman Model 75. June 3, 1944, and was commis-The war ended and Harley was hon- sioned a Navy Air Corps Ensign. orably discharged on November 29, Harley was then assigned as a pri- 1945, in Chicago. mary flight instructor in Beeville, Harley and Kate returned to Texas wherehetaughttouch-and-go Gregory where they operated a night landings. His final assignment hardware store and Harley also was Atlanta, Georgia, training pilots managed the Gregory airport along to be flight instructors. His favorite Continued on Page 11