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Army to Award Bronze Star
To APWU Members’ Son

APWU Web News Article #062-09, May 29, 2009

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Imholte

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Imholte

Brenda Wellman, mother of Sgt. Kevin Imholte

Brenda Wellman, mother of Sgt. Kevin Imholte

Kevin Imholte, son of Minneapolis Area Local APWU activists Brenda and Vern Wellman, will be awarded the Bronze Star Medal for an act of bravery in Iraq two years ago.

Staff Sgt. Imholte was a squad leader for an Army unit whose mission on the evening of May 30, 2007, was to establish an “overwatch position” on a road notorious for the emplacement of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

According to the U.S. Army account of the incident, the squad was moving into position when it came under heavy enemy fire, requiring Sgt. Imholte to “low-crawl to a slightly covered position. This position consisted of a raised concrete curb, which could hardly be described as any type of cover. From there, Sgt. Imholte rapidly fired 30 rounds from his M4 into the crew-served position… quelling this insurgent’s fire.” He subsequently facilitated the successful safe transfer from the area of two wounded members of his squad.

Brenda Wellman is a clerk and APWU steward in the Elk River Associate Office. Her husband, fellow APWU member Vern Wellman, is a Driver Safety Instructor in Minneapolis.

Son Kevin is currently stationed in Colorado but is scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan early this summer. This will be his fourth overseas assignment – in addition to two stints in Iraq, he has served in Kosovo.

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