Veterans Day Program

World War II veteran Kenny Mensink and Afghanistan veteran Scott Tienter thank each other for their service. (Tienter also thanks Mensink for being his bus driver when he was four!)

World War II veteran Kenny Mensink and Afghanistan veteran Scott Tienter thank each other for their service. (Tienter also thanks Mensink for being his bus driver when he was four!)

By Marcie Klomp

“Thank you for your service.” That is what one young fourth grader wanted to tell Specialist Scott Tienter when he raised his hand.

Tienter spoke at the Veterans Day program held at the Lime Springs school on Nov. 11. He had a slide presentation that depicted his time spent serving in Afghanistan from Jan. 13, 2011-Jan. 10, 2012.

He is still in the Army Reserves as a 91 Bravo All-Wheel Vehicle Mechanic with the 322nd Engineering Company in Decorah.
He told the students how some of the machines he worked on had a three-inch thick exterior with bullet-proof windows.

All the soldiers wore Kevlar body armor and carried a weapon. With everything on, I weighed 300-320 pounds,” which is about twice what he weighs on a daily basis.

Tienter advised those listening to send supplies to soldiers serving overseas. “I appreciated every letter and box of goodies I got.” He added he would find an address if anyone wanted to send goodies to a soldier.

At the end of his talk, the entire school thanked him for his service.

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