November 18, 2020

UW-Superior honors four at 8th annual Henry Blomberg Excellence in Service Awards

The University of Wisconsin-Superior honored four individuals with its 8th annual Henry Blomberg Excellence in Service Awards, which took place during a virtual Veterans Day Ceremony November 13.

Those receiving recognition included:

Chief Petty Officer Michael Bodin, United States Navy, served for over 20 years. After retiring as a Chief Petty Officer (E-7) in January of 1996, Mike joined the UW-Superior Campus Safety Department as a Security Officer-2.  For over a decade he has been responsible for federal and state crime statistic reporting as well as local reports.

Staff Sergeant Ryan Lovaas, United States Air Force, enlisted in 2011 and served as an aircraft electrical and environmental technician for seven years stationed at McChord Field near Tacoma, Washington. In 2017 he enrolled at UW-Superior, joining the Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center and the Transportation & Logistics Research Center. This spring Lovaas will graduate with degrees in transportation and logistics management and supply chain management.  

Corporal Jim Paine, United States Marine Corps, joined in 1999 and served four years. He received two overseas service ribbons, national defense medal and a good conduct medal alongside numerous commendations and meritorious masts. While enrolled at UW-Superior, Paine served on the Student Government, and the County Board for eight years. He was elected mayor of Superior in April of 2017.  

Petty Officer 3rd Class Tom Wiberg, United States Navy, enlisted in 1972, working as a boiler technician. During his three years, he rose to the rank of petty officer 3rd Class. In 1976, Wiberg started working at UW-Superior and is currently the power plant operator in charge.

The awards presented are named for Lieutenant Henry Blomberg, who was born in Superior, Wisconsin, August 3, 1892. He attended Superior Normal School (now UW-Superior) where he became a top debater and played baseball and football. He joined the Wisconsin National Guard after graduation in 1916. Blomberg registered for the draft and soon found himself on a boat to France with the 32nd Division amid World War I. Blomberg’s acts were recognized with a promotion to captain, but was too busy to accept. During the Battle of the Argonne in October 1918, Blomberg was seriously wounded. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest military honor.

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