Paying Tribute to our Troops

SPOKANE, WA – On April 17 Global Credit Union was among the 230 guests at the Spokane Convention Center to honor local military servicemen and servicewomen at the Let Freedom Ring breakfast.

As the title sponsor of this event, Global has deep roots in the military community and was honored to play a role in the celebration.

The breakfast was hosted by Greater Spokane Incorporated and paid tribute to military personnel by nominating 10 individuals and selecting 4 winners from each branch of the Armed Forces for their outstanding military achievements.

The winners are: Air Traffic Controller Second Class Petty Officer Kyle Holmes from the United States Navy Reserve, Master Sergeant Kelly Williquette from the Washington Air National Guard, Hospital Corpsman Second Class Petty Officer Charles Larson from United States Navy and Hospital Corpsman First Class Petty Officer Eric Guptill from the United States Navy.

Also in attendance was keynote speaker Captain Scott Smiley, pictured right, who moved guests to tears while sharing his experience in Iraq. After a car bomb exploded only 25 yards away from Smiley, he lost his eye sight and faced extensive rehabilitation. His story of courage and determination touched everyone at the breakfast.

After the horrific tragedy in Boston this week, Let Freedom Ring allowed guests the opportunity to pay their respects and honor the men and women who fight for our freedoms.

Global Credit Union would like to thank all the United States servicemen and servicewomen who defend our country and protect our independence.

About Global Credit Union
Global Credit Union, founded in 1954 is a full service financial institution with assets of over $352 million serving 48,000+ members residing around the world.  Membership is open to anyone living or working in Washington State, Kootenai, Benewah, Shoshone or Latah counties in Idaho, and all active and retired military members and their families worldwide. For more information about Global Credit Union please visit

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