ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Secretary of State Jesse White is being honored with the Distinguished Member of the Regiment by the 187th Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army.
The ceremony takes place Friday night in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, near Fort Campbell.
White is being recognized for his contributions to society as an elected official, an educator, the founder and coach of the Jesse White Tumbling Team and his charitable efforts.
White was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, then again as a member of the Illinois National Guard and Reserve.
“I have the greatest respect for those who serve our country in uniform and the commitment they have made,” said White. “I am humbled to be selected for this meaningful honor.”
White noted his experiences at Fort Campbell remain integral to him to this day. Serving in the U.S. Army taught him the importance of teamwork, respect, commitment to duty and helping others in need.
“I believe when you are successful in life, you should do everything you can to give back and make a positive difference to society. This remains my goal in life.”