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UNI to honor military alumni and staff

May 26, 2003

Charles Means, associate vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-6205
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual Veterans Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, May 28, in the Slife Ballroom.

Among those honored will be Milan Alan Wikert, an Iowa Falls/Steamboat Rock native who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Although Wikert earned several awards for his military service, including the Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Action Medal, the medals were never presented to him. His son contacted U.S. Navy Ret. Capt. Charles Means, associate vice president for academic affairs at UNI, for assistance in obtaining the medals. During the luncheon, Wikert will receive all of his awards, and a U.S. flag that has flown over the nation's capitol.

Means will be honored during a ceremony at 2:30 p.m., in the Georgian Lounge. Retiring from the military this year, he has served in the U.S. Navy since 1976 and received a series of medals, including the Meritorious Service Medal--Gold Star, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.