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Major's rank pinned - on after 14 years

Tuesday, March 6, 2001

Blake Uhl was promoted to Major during a brief ceremony on Jan. 31, 2001 at the Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii, where he is currently assigned as an Air Liaison officer with the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron.

Major Uhl entered the United States Air Force through ROTC at South Dakota State University, where he graduated in 1989. In 1987, while in ROTC, his father, Ken Uhl, was promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel. He asked his son, Blake, to be present for the ceremony and to pin on his new rank.

Upon completion of that 1987 ceremony, the presiding officer Major General Lawson, then Iowa Air National Guard Adjutant, took the gold Major's leaves and presented them to then Cadet Blake Uhl. Upon doing so, General Lawson casually stated, "Here, grow into these, son." Cadet Uhl placed those Major's leaves in the pocket of his dress uniform where they stayed for 14 years.

On Jan. 31, 2001, Captain Uhl took those same Major's leaves from his pocket and handed them to Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Uhl. After a brief comment by Captain Uhl's commander, Lieutenant Colonel Uhl read Captain Uhl the oath of office and then pinned the Major's leaves on his son, confirming him with the new rank.

Major Blake Uhl is originally from Aurelia, where he graduated from Aurelia High School in 1984. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University and an MBA from Colorado State University. He is also a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, United States Army Airborne School and United States Army Air Assault School.

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