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Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Honoring Our Greatest Generation
I recently had the honor of visiting World War II Marine veteran, Lee Wilson at his residence in Gulfport. Wilson served as an F4U Corsair Pilot and was a two-time ACE Pilot aboard the Cabot Air Carrier until our adversaries surrendered in 1945. As a Private First class on the Cabot Air Carrier, Wilson was elevated to Captain and awarded the Pacific Theater Medal during his time in the Marines. I had previously welcomed Mr. Wilson to Washington for a very special Honor Flight with fellow WWII veterans in 2012. It is such an honor to have this chance to once again thank Mr. Wilson for his service during the war. 

Semper Fi!

Congressman Palazzo visits World War II veteran, Lee Wilson in Gulfport

I would also like to thank my staff members for their hard work in ensuring this meeting was a success.  While they work day in and day out on behalf of south Mississippi, I would like to specifically thank my Gulfport caseworker, Kathy Thomas, for working with Mr. Wilson's caretaker to coordinate this meeting. She, like all of my staff, is always available to assist anyone in Mississippi's Fourth Congressional District whether it's casework, service academy nominations, or even tours of the nation's Capitol building.

Left to right: Michele Gargiulo, Congressman Palazzo, Lee Wilson,
Kathy Thomas, and Colleen Kennedy

I also had the pleasure of welcoming our United States Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to the Gulf Coast Transportation Summit in Biloxi. This summit was hosted to discuss the importance of reliable infrastructure and transportation throughout the state. 

During the summit, Secretary Chao announced $21 million in grants for infrastructure projects located throughout Mississippi. You can read more about the transportation grant announcements here.

Congressman Palazzo with Senators Hyde-Smith and Wicker
and US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao

Congressman Palazzo provides opening remarks at the Gulf Coast Transportation Summit

It was my pleasure to speak at the Columbia Rotary in the Pine Belt. While I was there, I was able to discuss the role that Mississippi plays in supporting food security as well as national security. 

Congressman Palazzo with Superintendent Jason Harris and Sheriff Berkley Hall

Congressman Palazzo with Columbia Tax Assessor Teresa Terrell

Congressman Palazzo with Ray Knight

Congressman Palazzo with Mississippi State Reps. Ken Morgan and Bill Pigot

Congressman Palazzo with the Mayor of Columbia, Justin McKenzie
Academy Day 2019
Interested in a military service career? Each year, I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of people to four of the five service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. For more information, please review my page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Service Academy Nomination.  

Don't forget to attend Academy Day on September 7th to learn more about each of the academies. 

As always, I'd like to remind you to connect with me on social media so you can receive frequent updates on the work I am doing in Congress through FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

In your service,

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