Navy Reservist and BOCES Practical Nurse Graduate Shows Appreciation for Troop Support with American Flag Presentation
Pictured left to right are Kathleen Francis and Rosemary Perini holding the certificate and flag sent by their former student Bryan from Kuwait.
MAC Bryan Kidney, US Navy PSB Chief, graduated from the Orange-Ulster BOCES Practical Nurse Program in June, 2010, although he was not present to receive his Practical Nurse certificate because he had been deployed as a reservist for the US Navy before the graduation ceremony. He received notification of his impending activation while in his final year of the BOCES Practical Nurse program. With determination and dedication, Kidney not only was able to complete the program but also distinguished himself with the award for Clinical Excellence for the part-time class of 2010. While in the BOCES Practical Nurse program, Kidney was an outstanding student who forged lasting relationships with his instructors and peers.
In January, 2011, a package arrived from Kuwait for the administrators, instructors and students in the program. Enclosed was a military folded flag and a Certificate of Flag Presentation stating:
The accompanying flag was flown over the Theater Field Confinement Facility at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait on January 10th, 2011 in honor of Orange-Ulster BOCES Nursing Department in appreciation of your support for the troops serving overseas. Presented by MAC Bryan Kidney, U.S. Navy PSB Chief - TFCF.
Also enclosed was a card thanking the staff, faculty and administration for all the support Kidney has received from Orange-Ulster BOCES. He wrote, "You have made my time at BOCES one of the most memorable of my life." Further he said, "I have not met more knowledgeable, professional and caring nurses than Mrs. [Kathleen] Francis & Mrs. [Rosemary] Perini."
The flag and certificate are being displayed in a glass flag case at the Orange-Ulster BOCES Middletown Adult Learning Center where the BOCES Practical Nurse Program is housed.