Begnoche, Staab recognized at Iowa Army National Guard Patching Ceremony

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Matthew J. Begnoche and Wyatt J. Staab, both of Remsen, were two out of the approximately 45 Iowa Army National Guard Soldiers recently recognized during a patching ceremony held at Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center in Johnston, Iowa. This ceremony represents a time-honored tradition where Iowa Citizen-Soldiers officially receive the left-shoulder military patch representing their unit of assignment in the Iowa Army National Guard. It also marks completion of the Iowa National Guard Recruit Sustainment Program, a preparatory training program that provides new recruits the education and skills needed to excel during their Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (military school).

Matthew J. Begnoche

Matthew J. Begnoche graduated from Remsen St. Mary’s High School in 2018 and is the son of Timothy and Connie Begnoche of Remsen. He is presently assigned to the Eco Company Recruit Sustainment System in Storm Lake as an Infantryman. He enlisted in February 2018. When asked ‘why did you join the Iowa National Guard’, he stated, “I joined because I wanted to serve my country, my family, and my God. I felt the calling to join. My family has a history in the military.”

Wyatt J. Staab

Wyatt J. Staab graduated from Remsen St. Mary’s High School in 2018 and is the son of Mark Staab of Remsen and Elizabeth Gergen of Granville. He is presently assigned to the 3655th Maintenance Company in Johnston as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. He enlisted in November 2017. When asked ‘why did you join the Iowa National Guard’, he stated, “I joined the National Guard to help further my education while making a difference.”