Concordia veteran receives Quilt of Valor
Pat Inman, of Concordia, received a Quilt of Valor at the Higginsville Partners in Patchwork Quilt Guild presentation Tuesday evening, Nov 19. The quilt, which is made following strict guidelines, was made by Carol Inman.
This is the sixth year the guild has held this project, and approximately 78 quilts have been gifted to area military persons. Darrell Williams, William Larry Meierer, William Ray Barsch, Ron Gillig, George Bayless, Cooper Johnston, Kevin Thurmon, Ray Cook and Carol Bishop were the other recipients this year. The makers of these quilts include Donna Campbell, Gilly Elsea, Peggy Fridell, Marsha Gieselman, Ricki Kirchhoff, Barb Rasa, Bernice Rasa, Ruby Rasa and Mary Hughes.
Charles P. Inman served in active duty in the United States Air Force from 1981-1993. This service included six weeks of basic training in San Antonio, Texas, from June to July in 1981; seven months of Technical School as an Automatic Tracking Radar Specialist in Biloxi, Miss.; stationed at Detachment 1, 1st Combat Evaluation Range Group at La Junta, Colo., from February 1982 through June 1993.
Inman then joined the Air Force Reserve in June of 1993 and attended Air Transportation Specialist Technical School. He moved back to Missouri and transferred to the 139th Aerial Port Squadron Missouri Air National Guard. Inman also received additional training as Aircraft Load Planner and Hazardous Materials Handler.
He was deployed to Germany, South Carolina, and Kuwait for several months, each in 2004, as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was deployed from August 2007 through February 2008 to Qatar as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Inman retired from service on Dec. 31, 2008, as E-7 Master Sgt. Among the medals and ribbons he earned were: the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Air Reserves Forces Meritorious Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.