Saturday, August 27, 2016

Col. Gerald D. "Jerry" Meyer

We went to the Retirement party for Colonel Gerald D. Meyer this afternoon at the Nebraska National Guard Museum where Jerry will continue to lead the staff for the State as the Nebraska National Guard Historian.  He, Mary and their family came to Seward just a couple years ago when the National Guard Armory here was selected to become the State Museum. Jerry has had an illustrious career with the Guard having enlisted in 1984 in Iowa and trained as an enlisted solder. He was commissioned through ROTC at the University of Northern Iowa. He served in many positions during his career and was deployed on 2 occasions to Afghanistan. He was also deployed for Hurricane Relief. He has, served as a High School teacher in Exira, IA and Columbus, NE. It was in Columbus that he and his students led the effort to build the "Andrew Jackson Higgin's Memorial". Mr Higgins was born in Columbus and designed the wooden landing crafts that helped the Allies win WWII. 
Jerry's leadership and experience made him the ideal choice to head-up the Seward Museum project which took a 1956 National Guard Armory and converted it to the Museum. There is still a lot of work to be done but his leadership so far had demonstrated this will become a destination point for many. This picture of part of the crowd this afternoon gives a glimpse of the "Curtis Pusher" and the recently dedicated "Airborne exhibit" which features a mock-up of a soldier jumping out of a C-130. Jerry and his wife have already had a very favorable impact on the Seward community.

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