FAOG holds Celebration of Freedom service

Published 1:16 pm Sunday, July 3, 2022

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Women and men in the United States military were honored and recognized during First Assembly of God Atmore’s Celebration of Freedom on July 3.

The annual celebration is held at the church as a way to say thank you to those who are and have served the country in the armed forces. The service included patriotic songs and readings, playing of “Taps” and guest presentations.

Those who were recognized during the celebration included Staff Sgt. John B. Odom, U.S. Army; Staff Sgt. Donald R. Odom, U.S. Army; Specialist Kenneth C. Robinson, U.S. Army; and Lt. Col. Bob Nall, U.S. Air Force.

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While serving, John Odom received the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Action Badge, Presidential Unit Citation Badge, Sharpshooter Badge, Army Service Ribbon, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon and the Army Good Conduct Medal. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kuwait and Iraq.

While serving, Donald Odom received the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Faithful Service Medal of Alabama, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Rifle M16 Exp Qualification Badge and Hand Grenade Exp Qualification Badge. He served in Ft. Knox, Ky. and Germany.

While serving, Robinson received subsistence storage specialist, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupational Medal, National Defense Medal and Expert Sharpshooter Medal. He served in Germany.

While serving, Nall accepted a congressional appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, and graduated in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in general engineering. He served in Rapid City, S.D., Omaha, Neb., Alaska, Las Vegas, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Portugal, Washington, D.C. and Abilene, Texas. He has received the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Overseas Service Ribbon.