2015-08-19 / Front Page

Councilman honored for Desert Storm participation

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Staff Writer

A longtime resident and member of Cherokee County Council received an overdue honor for his service in Desert Storm.

Councilman Mike Fowlkes was presented a commemorative medal and coin by Cherokee County Veteran Affairs Officer Todd Humphries at Monday’s Cherokee County Council meeting.

Fowlkes, who served in the Marines, was deployed to Kuwait in 1991 as part of the campaign to liberate Kuwait from Iraq’s Saddam Hussein.

Humphries said Fowlkes was out of town when the Veteran Affairs office had the ceremony on Aug. 7, to honor all the county residents who fought in either Desert Shield or Desert Storm on the 25th anniversary of the campaigns.

Humphries estimated that about 125 county residents served in those campaigns.

Humphries said each of the servicemen received a commemorative medal of the liberation of Kuwait and a coin with the inscription “thanks for your service.”

Fowlkes said he deeply appreciated the recognition.

Humphries said the ceremony is part of an ongoing effort to thank local residents for their service to their county on the anniversary of military campaigns.

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