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An Iowa Air National Guardsman was recently awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for his near decade long involvement in Special Olympics. Master Sgt. Bill Wiseman’s endeavors recently took him to South Korea for the Special Olympics world games. Story by Air Force Master Sgt. Vincent Degroot.


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This work, Minuteman Report: Iowa Guardsman Outstanding Volunteer, by TSgt Matt Schwartz, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:12.3.2013

Date Posted:12.3.2013 3:13PM

Category:Newscasts

Video ID:310974

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Length:00:00:59

Location:TN, US

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An Airman from the Iowa Air Guard was recently awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for his involvement in Special Olympics. Master Sgt. Vince De Groot tells us how this Airman’s involvement in Special Olympics recently took him to the world games in South Korean and Olympic Gold.
Title: South Sioux City Nebraska
Master Sergeant Bill Wiseman works as a Public Affairs Specialist in the Iowa Air National Guard.  He has a full time civilian job, responsibilities at home and is the father of a special needs child. Wiseman added “Coach” to his resume when he became involved with Special Olympics nearly a decade ago when his youngest son, Christopher, who has Downs Syndrome, was first old enough to participate. 
The South Sioux City, Nebraska Special Olympics program where Wiseman has been volunteering offers year-round participation in a variety sports; where right now it is football season.  
Title: Master Sgt William Wiseman Iowa Air National Guard
Wiseman is often joined on the field by his oldest son Billy (who also happens to serves as a member of the Army National Guard here in Nebraska). Billy also helps with coaching and plays along-side his brother as a unified partner in sports like floor hockey.
Title: Private Billy Wiseman Nebraska Army National Guard
The pinnacle for the Wiseman’s involvement in Special Olympics came earlier this year when they took their Floor Hockey Team to the Special Olympic Winter Games in South Korea and when it was over they took home the Gold.
According to Wiseman the athletes play because no matter what the sport they love to play; and he says he is the one who is privileged to be a part of their lives. 
Master Sgt. Wiseman’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. It was because of his involvement in Special Olympics that Wiseman was recently awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.  
In short the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal recognizes members of the military like Master Sgt Wiseman, who perform volunteer service that is above and beyond the duties required as a member of the military.  
Title: Master Sgt Vincent De Groot 185th ARW Public Affairs. 

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Title: South Sioux City Nebraska
Master Sergeant Bill Wiseman works as a Public Affairs Specialist in the Iowa Air National Guard.  He has a full time civilian job, responsibilities at home and is the father of a special needs child. Wiseman added “Coach” to his resume when he became involved with Special Olympics nearly a decade ago when his youngest son, Christopher, who has Downs Syndrome, was first old enough to participate.

The South Sioux City, Nebraska Special Olympics program where Wiseman has been volunteering offers year-round participation in a variety sports; where right now it is football season.  

Title: Master Sgt William Wiseman Iowa Air National Guard
“it’s actually a fairly quick paced game sometimes we score a lot; sometimes we don’t score at all”
Wiseman is often joined on the field by his oldest son Billy (who also happens to serves as a member of the Army National Guard here in Nebraska). Billy also helps with coaching and plays along-side his brother as a unified partner in sports like floor hockey.

Title: Private Billy Wiseman Nebraska Army National Guard
“I coach basketball, I coach little guys for floor hockey, and I’m also a unified partner which means I play alongside along with the athletes, and the great thing is about being the coach is I can help develop the younger kids so they can one day play on the unified team.”
The pinnacle for the Wiseman’s involvement in Special Olympics came earlier this year when they took their Floor Hockey Team to the Special Olympic Winter Games in South Korea and when it was over they took home the Gold.
 (Sound bite: That moment was awesome as I got to watch those kids celebrate and to see the elation on their faces.  I am lucky because I get to see that look every time one of our athletes score, steal the puck or block a shot, whether it is at the World Games or the State Games or even in practice; they have the same amount of emotion!)
According to Wiseman the athletes play because no matter what the sport they love to play; and he says he is the one who is privileged to be a part of their lives. 
Master Sgt. Wiseman’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. It was because of his involvement in Special Olympics that Wiseman was recently awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.  
In short the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal recognizes members of the military like Master Sgt Wiseman, who perform volunteer service that is above and beyond the duties required as a member of the military.  
Title: Master Sgt Vincent De Groot 185th ARW Public Affairs
The description of the awards criteria goes on to say that that the volunteer service must be significant in nature to produce tangible results and while an Olympic Gold Medal is definitely tangible, the real results are found in the camaraderie out here on the field.
In South Sioux City, Nebraska I’m Master Sergeant Vince De Groot Air Force News.
  • Members of the New Hampshire Air National Guard had the opportunity to show support for their community during the 2013 New Hampshire Special Olympics. Volunteers helped award medals to competitors who participated at the event held on the University of New Hampshire campus. Story by Tech. Sgt. Thomas Johnson.
  • Members of Hawaii's Air and Army National Guard attended a Military Recognition Lunch held by The Hawaii Chamber of Commerce along with service members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. During the event Hawaii Air National Guard Master Sergeant Ryan Schreiner was honored for  his community service along with six other service members. He has spent countless hours volunteering for the Hawaii Food Bank, American Cancer Society, and Special Olympics Hawaii having raised over 20,000 dollars for Special Olympics.

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