First Bossier to honor local heroes Aug. 28

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First Bossier has a first class guest list lined up for their “Honor Our Heroes Sunday” service.

Featured guests are Gen. Robin Rand from Barksdale Air Force Base; Mrs. Ginger Gilbert Ravella, the widow of an F-16 pilot; Lieutenant Cordell Williams, Louisiana State Police; and Gordon Mote, a singer/songwriter and GMA Dove Award winner.

This special service will be held Sunday, Aug. 28, at 10:30 a.m. 
A free breakfast reception will be held before the service at 9:30a.m. in honor of local for active military, police, firemen, and first responders. Childcare is available for birth to 4 yrs. old.

Gen. Robin Rand is Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, LA. He is responsible for organizing, training, equipping all U.S.

Gen. Robin Rand
Gen. Robin Rand

intercontinental ballistic missile and bomber forces. The command’s mission is to provide strategic deterrence, global strike and combat support.  The command comprises more than 31,000 professionals operating at nine wings that control the nation’s inventory of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, B-1, B-2 and B-52 bomber aircraft. General Rand was commissioned in 1979 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He’s had multiple flying tours; served as an air liaison officer with the U.S. Army; and has had staff tours on the Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Air Staff.  General Rand’s previous commands include the 36th Fighter Squadron, USAF Weapons School, 8th Fighter Wing, 56th Fighter Wing, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Balad Air Base, Iraq, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), and prior to this assignment, Air Education and Training Command. General Rand is a command pilot with more than 5,080 flying hours, including more than 470 combat hours.

Ginger Gilbert Ravella is a military wife, mother of five, stepmother of two, widow, writer and national speaker. At 36 years old, she faced the sudden tragic loss of her husband in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the horrors that followed. He left behind five beautiful children, all under the age of 9 years old. Her late husband, Major Troy Gilbert, an Air Force F-16 pilot, gave his life while saving twenty Special Operation soldiers, defining a true American war hero. Ginger has appeared in venues such as “The O’Reilly Factor”, “Fox and Friends News”, The Golf Channel, USA Today, PGA Magazine and numerous radio interviews. Ginger’s openly genuine testimony of wrestling with God in the midst of despair and depression resonates with those who question their faith in the face of tragedy.

Lieutenant Cordell Williams is with the Louisiana State Police. He was recently selected as one of the departments distinguished executives and up and coming future leaders. Recently he was honored in Washington, DC for his unwavering contribution to his community and department with 18 years of service.

Gordon Mote is a singer/songwriter and has been featured on numerous major Nashville artists’ projects and who has toured with Lee Greenwood, Trisha Greenwood, Gaither Vocal Band and Gaither Homecoming. He will share his new arrangement and release of “America the Beautiful”.

Dr. Brad Jurkovich, Senior Pastor of First Bossier, is excited about this event and would like as many as possible of our active military, law enforcement, fire, and first responders to attend so that they can be honored in a dynamic way.

For more information, contact Lorine Spratt, Assistant to Dr. Brad Jurkovich – First Bossier, at 318-752-6147 or Lorine@firstbossier.com.