Two Glenwood Veterans Recognized For Their Military Service At Creighton Basketball Games

Sgt. Scott Lauenroth of Glenwood, a veteran who served in the United States Air Force, was recognized for his military service during the Creighton mens basketball game against Connecticut on Feb. 20. He was presented the Berry Law Firm Mission Service Award by attorney Montana Crow, a Glenwood native, Creighton University graduate and member of the Berry Law team. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Retired United States Marine Corps MSgt. Jason Gibson of Glenwood was recognized with Berry Law’s Mission Service Award during the Feb. 28 Seton Hall - Creighton basketball game. He’s shown here on the video scoreboard screen at CHI Health Center Omaha. (COURTESY PHOTO)

EDITOR'S NOTE - Biography information in this story provided by Berry Law.

Two Glenwood veterans were honored in a big way recently for their military service by an Omaha law firm and Creighton University.

U.S. Air Force Sgt. Scott Lauenroth and U.S. Marine Corps MSgt. Jason L. Gibson were recognized as recipients of the Mission Service Award, presented by Berry Law, during two recent Creighton mens basketball games. One military veteran is recognized and celebrated for their military service, dedication and patriotism during a timeout at each Bluejay home game at CHI Health Center Omaha.

Sgt. Lauenroth was the Mission Service Award honoree during the Bluejays’ victory over then No. 1-ranked Connecticut on Feb. 20.  He received a standing ovation from the more than 18,000 fans in attendance at the game. He served in the U.S. Air Force from October 1984 - July 1991, His journey took him far from home, to the challenging terrains of Korea and Turkey.

As an Air Transportation Specialist, Sgt. Lauenroth was the backbone of air transportation activities, planning and organizing the movement of supplies and personnel across the globe. Whether it was determining the logistics of cargo and passenger transport, ensuring the safe handling of dangerous materials, he executed his duties with precision and care.

Sgt. Lauenroth’s expertise extended beyond logistics to strategic operations. In Turkey, he played a crucial role in overseeing air shipment cargo, ensuring every detail was meticulously managed. His pivotal contribution came during Operation Team Spirit in Korea, acting as a liaison for air drops and delivering vital equipment and supplies to thousands of troops, demonstrating his critical impact on military success.

As the mobility officer, he was responsible for the deployment of 69,000 Army Rangers to Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Sgt. Lauenroth’s planning and organizational skills were pivotal in the success of these operations.

“Tonight, we celebrate Sgt. Scott Lauenroth for his exceptional service, his dedication to duty, and his unwavering spirit,” the public address announcer stated duirng the award presentation. “His contributions have not only made a profound impact on the missions he supported but have also upheld the values of freedom and security we cherish as a nation.”

MSgt. Gibson was honored in front of 18,000-plus fans during Creighton’s win over Seton Hall on Feb. 28. The Shenandoah native enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2002 and served for 20 years until his retirement in 2022.

His service is decorated with numerous awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 1 gold star, Air Medal 3rd Award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 2 gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Aircrew Wings. These accolades reflect his bravery, leadership, and unwavering commitment.

“MSgt. Gibson’s deployments to Djibouti, Africa, and Kandahar, Afghanistan, underscore his courage and sacrifice for our nation,” the P.A. announcer stated. “Tonight, we honor service, courage and patriotism. MSgt. Jason L. Gibson, we salute you for your service, your sacrifice, and your commitment to our country. Thank you for your unwavering dedication and for being an inspiration to us all.”
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The Heart Of Heroism:
Berry Law's Mission Service Initiative

Berry Law provided the following narrative of the firm’s Mission Service Award Initiative:

“In the spirit of honoring valor, the Mission Service Award emerges as a beacon of recognition and respect at Creighton University’s home basketball games. This initiative, a collaborative effort between Berry Law and Creighton University, underscores the essence of community and the critical importance of acknowledging those who often remain in the shadows. Veterans, first responders, and Gold Star families - the very backbone of our society- sacrifice immensely for our collective safety and freedom. The Mission Service Award aims to illuminate their stories, cultivating a profound appreciation and understanding within the community.

“Ultimately, the Mission Service initiative transcends the mere act of awarding; it signifies a broader movement dedicated to championing the rights, recognition, and respect of those who have bravely served.”


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