Major General Steven N. Wickstrom to address Polish-American Veterans at Communion Breakfast
February 18, 2011 ... Army National Guard Major General Steven N. Wickstrom will be the featured speaker for the 47th Annual Polish-American Veterans Communion Breakfast on Sunday, March 6, 2011. Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, who arranged for this year's speaker, will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the event. The breakfast will be held at the PAV post on Ray Street, opposite the former National Guard Armory, beginning at 9:15am.
"I know that the PAV members and auxiliary will be pleased to hear from such an outstanding military leader as General Wickstrom. It's a special honor to have someone with his exemplary service record share his thoughts on the Army, the role of the National Guard in our nation's military, and the service and sacrifice of soldiers today and in earlier generations," Sen. Moore stated.
Wickstrom, commander of the 42nd Infantry "Rainbow" Division since 2009 was promoted to Major General on February 13, 2011 at the New York State Armory in Troy, NY headquarters for the 42nd. Under his leadership, Wickstrom led the division as it deployed to Japan for training of command post operations. Prior to his present assignment, he served as Deputy Commanding General, 42nd as of October 2006.
Wickstrom provides the staff and leadership to command and control combat to combat support brigades during operations for domestic emergencies or combat operations overseas. Most recently, Maj. Gen. Wickstrom served as Team Leader at the Joint Center for Operational Analysis for the United States Joint Forces Command at Camp Victory, Iraq from June 2006 - September 2006.
Highly decorated, Maj. General Wickstrom's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with on Broze Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman Badger and Parachutist Badge.
The Upton native is a 1981 graduate of the United States Military Academy, Army War College graduate and received his masters degree from Texas A&M University.
The PAV Communion Breakfast has featured a number of outstanding speakers throughout its nearly 50 year history. Previous speakers include: Bishops Timothy J. Harrington and George Rueger; Congressman Richard Neal; former State Rep. Kenneth M. Lemanski, D-Chicopee; Col. Richard Kattar, Commandant of Ft. Devens; Col. Frank Baran of the Massachusetts National Guard; former Executive Director of the Governor's Alliance Against Drugs, Thomas Cullen; former Nichols College Presidents Lowell Smith and Debra Murphy; former Assumption Basketball Coach and Executive Director of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Joe O'Brien; former Massachusetts Adjutant General Wayne Wagner; former Worcester State College Basketball Coach Tom Moore; former State Rep. and current State Sen. Richard T. Moore; former State Rep. and former Region I Mitigation Director for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Al Gammal; State Rep. Paul Kujawski, D-Webster; Vietnam Veteran and Author Frank Grzyb; Lt. Col. Henry L. Cyr, Jr. (USAF-Ret.); former State Sen. and Massachusetts Public Safety Secretary James Jajuga, and Major Wayne Seelig (USAF-Ret.), who formerly led the JROTC program at Bartlett High School.
The breakfast and speaking program on Sunday will be preceded by Mass at 8:00am for the Polish-American Veterans at St. Andrew's Bobola Church in Dudley. Veterans and Auxiliary are reminded to assemble outside the church at 7:30am.