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SFC Matthew Carkhuff to be keynote speaker at WDC’s Veterans Day program

SFC Matthew Carkhuff is based out

SFC Matthew Carkhuff is based out

Wadena-Deer Creek High School is honored to announce that Sergeant First Class (SFC) Matthew Carkhuff will be the keynote speaker for their Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 13 at 9:30 a.m. in Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School Gymnasium.

“We are honored to have SFC Carkhuff give the keynote address to students, veterans and the community at our Veterans Day program,” said WDC Middle/High School Vocal Instructor Mike Ortmann, who coordinates the school’s Veterans Day program. 

Carkhuff graduated from Wadena-Deer Creek High School in 2002. He joined the Army National Guard, Wadena Unit, in May 2003. He received his training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. On Jan. 8, 2005, he was stationed in Iraq, near Balad, and served with the 793rd Military Police Battalion at Camp Ashraf in Iraq. He returned to the United States in December 2005. 

SFC Carkhuff entered the Active Guard Reserve Program in June 2008 as the Admin Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in Wadena. He moved to Grand Rapids in 2010 as the training NCO and later as Assistant Operations NCO. On Sept. 6, 2016, SFC Carkhuff returned to Wadena as Unit Readiness NCO. 

He is a lifetime member of the Wadena VFW Post 3922, has served as Jr. Vice Commander and Quartermaster of Grand Rapids’ Post 1720; a member of U.S. Calvary and Armor Association; and a member of U.S. Army Brotherhood of Tankers. 

SFC Carkhuff and his wife, Annette, have three children: Macaiah, 7; Gunnar, 4; and Hunter, 1. Macaiah is in first grade and Gunnar is in preschool at Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary.

Wadena-Deer Creek's K-12 students will honor veterans through patriotic music, essays, and posters. Veterans and their families are welcome to a pancake breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Commons served by the Wadena-Deer Creek Student Council.

The public is encouraged to attend this Veterans Day ceremony. Any questions, contact Mr. Ortmann at 632-2384.