Dardis meets top-ranking military officer
Army Col. Patrick Dardis met the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, on New Year's Day 2006, following a USO show in Iraq.
General Pace, the nation's top-ranking military officer and principal military advisor to the President, along with a group of entertainers, visited several U.S. bases throughout Southwest Asia. The entertainers performed over the holiday season to thank deployed troops for their contributions to the war on terrorism.
Col. Dardis, a 1970 graduate of Eudora High School and former Eudora City Councilman, is serving a second combat tour of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a member of the 3rd Corps Support Command and stationed at a forward operating base near Balad, Iraq.
He is the son of Helen Dardis and the late Michael Dardis.
Navy Ensign Theodore R. Bender recently received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School at Officer Training Command, Pensacola, Fla.
During the 13-week-long training program, Bender received extensive instruction on a variety of specialized subjects including navigation, ship handling, engineering, naval warfare and management. Bender also completed a demanding daily physical fitness program that involved running, swimming and calisthenics.
In addition, Bender and fellow OCS graduates received leadership training and instruction on the importance of the Navy's core values -- honor, courage and commitment; and how their meaning impacts the personal and professional conduct of the men and women serving in the Navy around the world.
Bender is a 2000 graduate of Lawrence High School and joined the Navy in August 2003. He received a bachelor of science degree in 2005 from Kansas University.
He is the son of Crys Galavin, Boston, and Jack Bender, Eudora.