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Recognizing the Life of Nathan E. Ribelin

Floor Speech

Date: Oct. 16, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. KELLY of Mississippi. Madam Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the life of MAJ Nathan E. Ribelin, who passed away on September 12, 2020.

Nathan was born on January 20, 1979 to parents Kenneth and Beth Ribelin in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Nathan attended Petal High School in Petal, MS, and Belhaven College where he earned a baccalaureate degree in computer information systems. Nathan's patriotism began on November 23, 1996, when Nathan enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard. His commitment and dedication to our country never faltered, as he deployed overseas on three separate occasions. Nathan first deployed to Iraq as an enlisted Soldier. Following his return home, Nathan displayed his continued patriotism by attending Officer Candidate School and commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 185th Theater Aviation Brigade. Nathan's continued pride and patriotism for his country was evidenced by his second and third deployments to Afghanistan, as a Medical Evacuation Pilot, and to Kuwait, as an Aviation Brigade Intelligence Officer.

Throughout his military career, Nathan provided mentorship and leadership to soldiers at multiple levels of command while serving as a platoon leader, section leader, and company commander. Nathan would later receive many awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

Left to cherish Nathan's memory is his wife, Kerry Beth; his four children, Calvin, Felicity, Horatio, and Jubilee; his father, Ken; his brother Timothy and his wife Lauren; his brother Scott and his wife Kimberly; and a host of cousins, family and friends. Nathan will be laid to rest amongst his brothers and sisters in arms at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

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