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County veteran receives recognition

Left to right: Ottawa County Commissioner Steven Arndt, Elizabeth Sutton, Commissioner Jo Ellen Regal and Commissioner James Sass.

On April 3 the Ottawa County Commissioners recognized Ottawa County veteran Elizabeth Sutton of American Legion Post 114 in Oak Harbor.  

Mrs. Sutton served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1987 to 1991. She completed boot camp in Orlando, FL. Once she finished boot camp, Elizabeth went to “A” school for Aviation Electronics in Memphis, TN. There she was schooled in Communication, Navigation, and Weapons Systems, troubleshooting down to the component level. While in “A” school, Elizabeth was a member of the Crackerjack Precision Marching Unit that performed across the Midwest.  

After graduation, she was shipped out to Patuxent River, MD, where she was attached to AIMD in the Avionics Division. “Pax River” was a Testing and Evaluation Center for the Navy, and while there Sutton worked on a wide assortment of aircraft. During her tour at Patuxent River, Elizabeth was selected to participate in the Inaugural festivities of President George Bush Sr. She participated in the Vice Presidential reception at the Smithsonian and the Inaugural Ball at Union Station. Her awards include the National Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. 

Mrs. Sutton opened the regularly scheduled meeting for the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. She was honored for her dedication and sacrifices through her service to our country with a plaque from President Regal. “It was an honor for me to present the proclamation to Elizabeth and to recognize her bravery, the sacrifices she made, and to thank her for her service to our country,” said President Regal.

The County Commissioners will be recognizing a veteran within the community the first or second Tuesday meeting of every month. In May a veteran from American Legion Post 113 in Port Clinton will be honored.

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