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    6A COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL September 21, 2016
Lt. Col. Kirsten Palmer celebrates
21 years’ service in USAF
For the Sentinel
irsten M. Palmer has been a busy
woman since she graduated from
Cottage Grove High School in 1991.
Thanks to her career choice in the U.S.
Air Force, she has become a highly edu-
cated offi cer, leader and world traveler.
She started in the summer of 1990 serv-
ing as a U.S. Senate Page for Senator Bob
Packwood in Washington, D.C. Her senior
year at CGHS she served as student body
Palmer’s fi rst stop out of high school
was to join the Air Force. She fearlessly
stepped into four years of training and ed-
ucation at the Air Force Academy in Colo-
rado. At that time only a small percent of
the 4,000 cadets were women. Four years
later, in 1995, she graduated as Second
Lieutenant with a Bachelor of Science in
Management. In 1999, she received an
M.B.A. in business administration from
Phoenix University.
My fi rst interview with her was the sum-
mer of 2005, after she attained the rank of
Major. Her proud parents, Ron and Linda
Palmer’s, serene backyard was the setting
for a glimpse into the life of this focused
young woman. Her career had already
sprouted wings and taken fl ight all over
the world…including Germany where, as
a Major, she served as an aircraft mainte-
nance offi cer in a Medivac unit.
I remember thinking then that she was a
poster child for military recruitment. The
Air Force had already enabled her to travel
to 16 different countries, and she loved her
job as executive offi cer to the Wing Com-
mander, 437th Airlift Wing, where she
worked 12-hour days.
“It’s hard work,” she said later, “but I
enjoy the camaraderie of the people I work
with. They all have a deep-seated love for
our country and believe they are keeping
this nation secure and protecting our free-
doms with what they do every day.”
Kirsten is married to Lt. Col. Roger
Lang. They live in Washington, D.C. with
their fi ve-year old daughter, Addyson.
Her husband is a USAF pilot for Air Force
Two. Along with Air Force One, it is sta-
tioned at Andrews AFB. Its mission is to
transport peo-
ple in the up-
per positions
of leadership.
i.e. the Vice
Presidents of
Speaker of the
House, etc.
Lt. Colonel,
Kirsten’s most
recent assign-
ment was to
serve at the Lt. Col. Kirsten
Pentagon as Palmer
Chief of the
Logistics Initiative Branch in the Aircraft
Maintenance Division in Washington,
D.C. This position is too complicated for
me to explain! Suffi ce it to say that she
does it well. Her many awards and deco-
rations include Air Force Meritorious Ser-
vice Medals with two, four and fi ve leaf
clusters; Commendation and Outstanding
Achievement Medals; The National De-
fense Service Medal; A Global War on
Terrorism Service Medal and more.
This summer Kirsten began a new fac-
et of her military life. She celebrated 21
years of Air Force service and went back
to school. She was appointed by the De-
partment of the Air Force to attend The
Eisenhower School for National Security
and Resource Strategy at Fort Lesley J
McNair. When she completes this one-
year intensive study, she will receive a
Master’s of Science degree in National
Resource Strategy.
The Eisenhower Institute’s curriculum
is designed to promote strategic thinkers
and national security policy makers to lead
strategic institutions. Kirsten also hopes to
gain a better understanding of the factors
leaders must take into account when they
make decisions affecting our national se-
curity and how to determine what is best
for our country so resources are not squan-
dered. A tall task!
Looking back, I asked her if a military
career had exceeded her expectations. The
answer was a resounding, “Yes.”
“When I left Cottage Grove in 1991 and
headed to the Air Force Academy in Colo-
rado Springs, I never imagined my life and
career would turn out this well. My plan
was to stay in the Air Force as long as I
was having fun. Twenty-fi ve years later,
I’m still having fun! The opportunities
provided by joining the military are end-
less, and the education benefi ts are incred-
ible in exchange for serving my country.”
Kirsten, the 2016 patriot, is just as en-
thusiastic as the day in 2005 when she said
to me, “Sometimes I think, ‘Wow! How
did I get so lucky to be born an Ameri-
This summer, 11 years later, I asked her
what she would like people to know about
her job. Her response was this:
“Rather than what I do, I would like
people to realize the incredible honor it is
to serve our country. The opportunity of
being part of something bigger than your-
self, knowing you’re part of an organiza-
tion that strives to make the world a better
place, while preserving the everyday free-
doms that some take for granted.
“The professionalism of the men and
women I have come across over the last 25
years makes me proud to be an American.
When I retire from the Air Force (when-
ever that may be), I know the defense of
our nation is in good hands with the young
men and women who are now moving up
the ranks.”
Kirsten also enjoys the camaraderie of
the people she works with and their deep-
seated love for our country.
“They believe they are keeping this na-
tion secure and protecting our freedoms
with what they do every day.”
Readers, in closing, I would like to add
this: In an era when multi-millionaire
football players are questioning their pa-
triotism and refusing to salute our fl ag…It
is a pleasure to bring you an update on
someone who has chosen patriotism a way
of life. God has blessed America with her
and all those who serve this country!
Congratulations, Kirsten! And thank
For the Sentinel
orane Grange looks for-
ward to seeing everyone
at its taco dinner and bingo this
Friday, Sept. 23. Dinner with
all the trimmings begins at 5:30
p.m. Bingo starts at 6:30 pm.
The ladies of Lorane Christian
Church are once again having a
bake sale at the Lorane Fam-
ily Store on Saturday morning,
Sept. 24.
Cameron Behlke won the
Maude Kerns Award at the May-
or’s Teen Art Show and was one
of four Crow students awarded
out of the 46 students entered.
Several new electives were
added at Crow High School to
give more options for students.
They are: Consumer Science,
Spanish, Welding and Auto
Shop. There will be no school
this Friday, Sept. 23 for profes-
sional development.
The week of Sept. 26-30 is
Homecoming Week at Crow
Middle/High School. Open
House is Wednesday, Sept. 28
from 6-7:30 p.m.
Host families are needed
for several exchange students.
These exceptionally bright stu-
dents are a girl from Egypt and
a special girl from Kazakhstan.
Those interested can contact
Tressa Miller at Tressamiller@
lanefi or text 541-606-
4412. No voicemail avail-
able. Other exchange students
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FOR ONLY $10 ...
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(up to 15 words)
and get
Betty Kaiser’s Chatterbox is about peo-
ple, places, family, and other matters of
the heart. Contact her at 942-1317 or via
e-mail —
Offering Meals on Wheels and
Cafe 60 at the following locations:
Anyone age 60 and older is served,
regardless of income, suggested donation
is $3.
Guests under age 60 are welcome to at-
tend for $8 per meal.
Cottage Grove Riverview Terrace
925 W. Main St., Cottage Grove
Noon: Tues., Wed., Thurs.
Creswell Cresview Villa
350 S. 2nd St., Creswell
Noon: Mon., Wed., Fri.
Call or come in
by the Friday
before the
Wednesday you
want your ad in.
Drain/Yoncalla area
THURSDAY, SEPT. 22: Baked Beef
Rigatoni or Turkey Loaf with Gravy
FRIDAY, SEPT. 23: Breaded Baked
Fish with Tartar or Beef Swiss Style Patty
with Gravy
MONDAY, SEPT. 26: Chicken Tetra-
zinni or Beef Chili with Beans
TUESDAY, SEPT. 27: Ground Beef and
Noodles or Sweet and Sour Chicken/Rice
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28: Turkey Di-
van Bake or Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
are available through AYUSA
by calling 541-935-9502 or
are two boys in need of families
interested in hosting exchange
Hunters and even those stay-
ing home are welcome at Lorane
Rebekah Lodge on Saturday,
Oct. 1 for a delicious Hunter’s
Breakfast. The menu is eggs,
pancakes, ham, and beverage for
$7 per person from 6-10 a.m.
There are hundreds of par-
ticipating products worth 10
cents each for schools to earn
cash through Box Tops for
Education. Box tops can be cut
from packages and send to the
school with students.
Bond measure 20-264 will be
on the ballot in November. This
will fund CAL school facility
improvements in the District.
These include improvements
for student and staff security,
updates for energy effi ciency
and access improvements. For
more information, visit the dis-
trict website at or
call the district offi ce at 541-
Rural Arts Center movie night
season opens on Saturday, Oct. 8
at Lorane Grange with dinner at
6 p.m. and the feature fi lm fol-
lowing at 7:30 p.m. Films will
be shown the second Saturday
of the months October through
March and are preceded by a
delicious soup dinner.
Served at 400 Main St., Yoncalla.
(For Douglas County Meals on Wheels
eligibility, call 541-440-3677.)
Suggested donation $3.50
THURSDAY, SEPT. 22: Breaded
Chicken Patty Cacciatore with Noodles
FRIDAY, SEPT. 23: Teriyaki Meat-
TUESDAY, SEPT. 27: Ground Beef
Gravy over Whipped Potatoes
Cottage Grove
116 N. 6th Street
W orship D irectory
Gateway Family Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene
337 “C” St. Drain, OR
Sunday School 9:30am
Worship 10:45am
Living Hope Free Lunch
Wed. at 12:30pm
131 W “A” St. Drain, OR
Pastor: Lura Kidner-Miesen
Bible Study: 10:45am
Potluck Lunch: 11:45
Worship: 12:30pm
6th & Gibbs Church of Christ
195 N. 6th St. • 541-942-3822
Pastor: Aaron Earlywine
Youth & Families Pastor: Seth Bailey
Services: 9am and 10:30am
Christian Education
Nursery for pre-k - 3rd Grade
Calvary Baptist Church
77873 S 6th St • 541-942-4290
Pastor: Riley Hendricks
Sunday School: 9:45am
Worship: 11:00am
The Journey: Sunday 5:00pm
Praying Thru Life: Wednesday 6:00pm
Calvary Chapel Cottage Grove
1447 Hwy 99 (Village Plaza)
Pastor: Jeff Smith
Two Services on Sun: 9am & 10:45am
Youth Group Bible Study
Child Care 10:45am Service Only
Center for Spiritual Living
Cottage Grove
700 Gibbs Ave. (Community Center)
Rev. Bobby Lee
Meets Sunday 3:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
3rd and Adams St • 541-942-4479
Pastor: Karen Hill
Worship: 10:00am
Sunday School: 10:00am
Old Time Gospel Fellowship
103 S. 5th St. • 541-942-4999
Pastor: Jim Edwards
Sunday Service: 10:00am
Join us in Traditional
Christian Worship
Church of Christ
420 Monroe St • 541-942-8565
Sunday Service: 10:30am
Grove Community Church
77820 Mosby Creek Rd.
Cottage Grove, OR 97424
Pastor: Bryan Parsons
Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Nursery: Infant - Pre-K
Kidʼs Church: K to 5th grade
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
and St. Philip Benizi
Catholic Churches
1025 N. 19th St.
541-942-3420 / 541-942-4712
Pastor: Roy L. Antunez, S.J.
Euch. Liturgies; Sat. 5:30pm
Sun. 10:30am
St. Philip Benizi, Creswell:
552 Holbrock Lane • 541-895-8686
Sunday: 8:30am
Cottage Grove Bible Church
1200 East Quincy Avenue
Pastor:Bob Singer
Worship 11am
Sunday School:9:45am
AWANA age 3-8th Grade,
Wednesdays Sept-May, 6:30pm
Cottage Grove Faith Center
33761 Row River Rd. • 541-942-4851
Lead Pastor: Isaac Hovet
Summer Schedule: Sunday Service 10am
Full Childrenʼs Ministry available
Covered Bridge Nazarene Church
152 S. M St.
Pastor: Cindy Slaymaker
Sunday School: 9:30am
Worship 10:30am
Delight Valley
Church of Christ
33087 Saginaw Rd. East
Pastor: Bob Friend
Two Services:
9am - Classic in the Chapel
10:30am - Contemporary in the
Hope Fellowship
United Pentecostal Church
100 S. Gateway Blvd. • 541-942-2061
Pastor: Dave Bragg
Worship: 11:00am Sunday
Bible Study: 7:00pm Wednesday
Living Faith Assembly
467 S. 10th St. • 541-942-2612
Pastor Rulon Combs
Worship & Childrenʼs
Church 10:00 am
Youth 180 Mondays 5:30-8pm
Church of Christ
1041 Pennoyer Ave * 541-767-0447
Preachers: Tony Martin & Robert Evans
Sunday Bible Study:10:00am
Sunday Worship:10:50am & 5:30pm
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
1301 W. Main • 541-767-9050
Rev. Lawrence Crumb
“Church with the fl ags.”
Worship: Sunday 10:30am
All Welcome
Seventh-day Adventist Church
820 South 10th Street
Pastor: Kevin Miller
Bible Study: Saturday, 9:15 am
Worship Service: Saturday, 10:40 am
Mid-week Service: Wednesday, 1:00 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
6th & Quincy • 541-942-2373
Pastor: James L. Markus
Sunday School & Adult Education 9:15am
Sundway Worship 10:30 am
Comm. Kitchen Free Meal Tue & Thur
5:00pm TLC Groups
United Methodist Church
334 Washington • 541-942-3033
Pastor:Lura Kidner-Miesen
Worship: 10:30am
Comm. Dinner (Adults $5, Kids Free)
2nd & 3rd Monday 5-6:00pm
“VICTORY” Country Church
913 S. 6th Street • 541-942-5913
Pastor: Barbara Dockery
Worship Service: 10:00am
Our Worship
Directory is a
weekly feature in
the newspaper. If
your congregation
would like to
be a part of this
directory, please
contact the
Cottage Grove
at 541-942-3325.