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Ava VFW Post 5993 Auxiliary along with family and friends, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Patriot Guard Riders, Combat Veterans Motorcyicle Association, and UKSO and support staff were honored to be a part of the 1107th AVN Group Task Force Army Deployment Ceremony: Operation Spartan Shield. This is the fifth deployment to Kuwait. More than 100 of our soldier men and women from the state of Missouri were included. Among them was Darrell Swearengin, a member of VFW Post 5993, a member of the 1107th. Swearengin is pictured above with Auxiliary President Robin Reinartz (right), Mary Engle (left) and Anna Gamboa (second from left).

VFW Post 5993 Aukxiliary was honored to be a part of the Honor Flight in May 2017. Among the retuorning veterans was Deacon Joe Kurtenbach. Many “Welcome Home” signs displayed by family and friends of the veterans lined the airport and travelers going to and from their flights stopped and cheered, and shook the hands of the returning veterans. Deacon Joe was surprised to see the signs welcoming him home. Pictured above with Deacon Joe Kurtenbach are VFW Auxiliary President Robin Reinartz, Anna Gamboa and daughter, Larkin, and Mary Engle.