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Leechburg Elks Plan Program to Benefit Veterans for November 10th

Written By: Rosemarie Shea, Public Relations, Leechburg Elks Lodge 377
Story Date: October 29, 2011

In November, the BPO Elks honor our nation’s veterans for their sacrifices, that resulted in the freedoms we enjoy today. For Elks all over the U.S.A. November is Veterans Remembrance Month. This year, on November 10th at 7 PM, Commander Matthew W.Shipley , who recently returned home from Iraq will give a presentation at the Lodge, entitled “PRINCIPLES of the CONSTITUTION”, a subject on which he is considered to be an expert . CDR Shipley graduated from Navy recruit training in January 1985, Electronics Technician “A” School in October 1985, Naval Academy Preparatory School in 1987 and the United States Naval Academy in 1991.Shipley’s tours include Assistant Platoon Commander at SEAL Team EIGHT, test article Officer-in-Charge of a Mk V Special Operations Craft (SOC) at United States Special Operations Command, Operations Officer at Special Boat Unit TWENTY, Mk V SOC
Liaison Officer to Special Operations Command European Command, Naval Special Warfare Task Unit (NSWTU) Commander for a Mediterranean Amphibious Ready Group, and Platoon Commander at SEAL Team EIGHT. As a reservist, Shipley served as Executive Officer of Navy Reserve Naval Special Warfare Group TWO Detachment 309, as Executive Officer of SEAL Team THREE Fallujah, Iraq in 2006, and as NSWTU Commander Manda Bay, Kenya in 2006-2007. He is currently the Commanding Officer of SEAL Detachment EIGHTEEN in Little Creek, Virginia. Shipley graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He has also completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL school, United States Army Ranger school,
Military Freefall school, Air Command and Staff College Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) and the Joint Staff College’s Advanced JPME. As a civilian he is a General Electric qualified Six Sigma Master Blackbelt, ISO 9000 auditor, a government contractor, a Constitutional motivational speaker, and author of an energy-efficiency home-improvement book. He is married to the former
Christine Saseen. Shipley’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Defense Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various unit, campaign and service awards. .Refreshments will be available and the Kiski Valley Community band , led by Patty Marco will also perform for this program. The presentation is free and open to the public .Donations will be accepted to benefit the Wounded Warrior Program and the Veterans Christmas Party to be held at the VA Hospital by the Elks West Central District Lodges. Please show your gratitude
and support for our veterans:by attending this program and donating generously. If you are not able to attend, please consider sending a donation to the Lodge tfor our Veteran Service charities.. Remember as long as there are veterans in our hospitals, the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks will honor and support them. God Bless and Protect Our Veterans past, present and future.

Rosemarie Shea, Public Relations Chairman
Leechburg Elks Lodge 377
Leechburg, PA 15656


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