By Jordan Puckett
Sergeant Donnie Lawrence and Sergeant First Class Chris Ellis were recognized by Clermont County Commissioners May 22 for their service.
Sgt Lawrence graduated from Glen Este High School in 2008. He recently re-enlisted until 2019. Sgt Lawrence served as Military Police in Iraq for over 11 months before being reassigned to Qatar. Sgt Lawrence returned from serving in Qatar at the beginning of May.
“While I was over there, I got a lot of support from Clermont County,” Sgt Lawrence said. “I have a huge family, a huge support group. I just want to thank everybody for the prayers while I was over there. We brought everybody home safe.”
In Iraq, Sgt Lawrence trained Iraqi police and convoy security. In Qatar, he searched vehicles at a checkpoint. Qatar serves as a staging point, a place for American soldiers in Iraq to take R&R.
Sfc Ellis has been in the service for 22 years. He has served as a paratrooper, a Quick Reactions Officer, and has served with the Regional Force Protection. Sfc Ellis has had several deployments and has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Albania. His first deployment was in 1990, during the Persian Gulf War.
Sgt Lawrence and Sfc Ellis were both presented with Certificates of Appreciation by the Board of Commissioners, as well as Congressional Proclamations from the Office of Representative Brad Wenstrup, presented by Annie Wilkenson. Sgt Lawrence and Sfc Ellis were also given medallion challenge coins by Howard Daugherty, Director of Clermont County Veterans Service Commission. In addition to this, Sfc Ellis was presented with a Clermont County Sheriff’s challenge coin, given by Sheriff Rodenberg.
Both Sgt Lawrence and Sfc Ellis are happy to be home and thankful for all the support they received and continue to receive from Clermont County.