Media Advisory
  October 29, 2003
To: City Desks, Assignment Desks, Education Writers
Subject: Mission College Honors Students Called to Duty in Iraqi Conflict
Date/Time: Thursday, November 6, 2003 - 10-11 a.m.
Place: Campus Quad - Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldridge Avenue, Sylmar


Los Angeles Mission College will honor 14 students who were called to duty in the months before and during the war in Iraq. The students have resumed, or begun, their higher education after completing their military duties. Nine of the students served in Iraq, the Persian Gulf or elsewhere in the Middle East during the war. The other five were called to posts in the U.S. for duty related to the Iraqi conflict.

Students being honored include:

Sgt. Ivan Bresciani, U.S.M.C
Sgt. Danny Cruz, U.S.M.C
Pvt. Robert D. Cruz, Jr., U.S. Army
Corporal Victor Dominguez, U.S.M.C.
Petty Officer Larry Douglas, U.S. Navy
Lance Corporal Julie Garcia, U.S.M.C
Petty Officer Adrian Gonzalez, U.S. Navy

Sgt. Ignacio Martinez, U.S.M.C.
Corporal Rafael Nava, U.S.M.C
Corporal Jorge Palacios, U.S.M.C
Sgt. Sergio Pallares, U.S. Army
Lance Corporal Santiago Pinedo, U.S.M.C
Specialist Mark Anthony Reyes, II, U.S. Army
Sgt. Eduardo Sanchez, U.S.M.C

The program will also pay tribute to a former Mission College student, U.S. Naval Reserve Petty Officer Herman "Bud" Bolte, who died in a highway accident last August. Bolte was also called to active duty during the war and was stationed on a Navy ship in the Persian Gulf during the conflict.

The program will include a demonstration of tactics by Company A of the 1-184th Air Assault
Infantry Battalion.

Los Angeles Mission College holds a Veterans Day Ceremony annually to mark its close ties with veterans in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Each year, Mission College serves more than 400 veterans who come to the campus with questions about their benefits and about educational and career opportunities available to them.

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