Kansas City, MO * 12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will arrive at Kansas City International Airport where she will be greeted by Missouri Army National Guard service members and their families. Among those greeting Mrs. Obama will be Sergeant Jeremy Neece, who joined the Missouri National Guard in 1997. Sergeant Neece was deployed overseas on three tours of duty, two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his exceptional service in a combat zone. Also greeting Mrs. Obama will be Sergeant Ian Rydzel, who, during his 14 years of service in the Missouri National Guard, has deployed as a firefighter to both Bosnia and Iraq. Rydzel, a school teacher in civilian life, will be joined by his wife Krissondra and four year old son, Declan.
Photos by Jerry Schmidt