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September 1, 2012

Letters to the Editor: September 1, 2012

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The Daily Star

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Many people have asked me, who is Chris Gibson, this candidate for Congress, and whether he’s just another “boilerplate” politician, as described by some sources.

Chris Gibson grew up in Kinderhook, in Columbia County. Attending Siena College and graduating Magna cum Laude with a degree in history, while earning an ROTC commission. Chris holds a doctorate in government from Cornell University. He is the author of “Securing the State,” a book on national security decision-making.

Over his 24-year Army career, Chris rose to the rank of colonel. Chris had four combat tours to Iraq, and deployments to Kosovo, the southwestern United States for counter-drug operations, and to Haiti, commanding the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team during the opening month of that humanitarian relief operation in January 2010. This was proved to be invaluable experience as shown by his service in Delaware County after Irene.

Chris taught cadets politics/government at West Point. He served as a Congressional Fellow for the House Defense Appropriations Chairman, and completed a Hoover National Security Affairs Fellowship at Stanford University. He was the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Among his military decorations are two Legions of Merit, four Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge with Star, and a Master Parachutist Badge. For its actions in support of the national elections in Iraq, his Battalion Task Force earned two Valorous Unit Awards and was recognized for excellence by the president.

Chris serves on the House Armed Services and Agriculture committees. He also has been appointed to the House Republican Policy Committee. Chris is running in 2012 for re-election in the newly configured 19th Congressional District, a Republican, fiscal conservative, with a record as being one of the top independent voters in the House.

Chris returns his military pension to the U.S. Treasury while serving in Congress.

Boilerplate? That’s laughable!

Bill Glockler

Cooperstown