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Distinguished Troopers receive recognition from Fort Riley

By | STAFF REPORT | July 01, 2014

First Infantry Division leaders recognized five new Distinguished Troopers June 11.

The Fort Riley Distinguished Trooper Award is the most prestigious award to be bestowed on a private citizen by Fort Riley officials.

The award recognizes sustained, superior public service and contributions to the Fort Riley military community by private citizens.

This year’s recipients are Fred Willich, Neil Horton, retired Col. John Seitz, Peggy Heldstab and Larry Paquette. Paquette’s wife, Ligia Paquette, accepted on behalf of her late husband. She is a previous Distinguished Trooper.

Willich created a commercial interior drywall business in the 1990s. The company is a member of the Manhattan and Junction City chambers of commerce, and supports each community’s military affairs initiatives. Willich also is a local Association of the U.S. Army board member.

Horton is vice president and CEO of a local construction company that has had a relationship with the installation for about 80 years.

Seitz is director of the Junction City Military Affairs Council, and a member of numerous community and philanthropic organizations.

Heldstab has been a speech pathologist in Unified School District 475 Geary County Schools for more than 20 years and has coached sports at the middle and high school level. Her husband, Terry, is a Distinguished Trooper.

Paquette was executive vice president of a local bank, and was involved in the communities of Junction City and Geary County.

He and Ligia were mainstays at many Fort Riley events and were always present to welcome home redeploying Soldiers. Ligia was named a Distinguished Trooper in 2010.
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