Two Marshfield alumni will be honored as Grand Marshals of the 2015 Fourth of July Parade. Ron Replogle and Jason Wilson will share the honor.

Two months ago, Col. Ron Replogle retired after five years as superintendent of the Missouri State HIghway Patrol and a total of 31 years as a member of the Patrol.

Gov. Jay Nixon praised Replogle not only for his leadership during times of the many and varied natural disasters to impact Missouri since 2010, but also for the Patrol’s nationally recognized work by taking drunk drivers off the road, and the work of troopers over several months in assisting St. Louis-area law enforcement during recent civil unrest.

“Col. Replogle has been every bit the leader that I expected, demonstrating courage, conviction, intelligence and integrity,” Gov. Nixon said. “Ron Replogle and the Patrol have continued to lead — not just on the roads and in criminal investigations, but through fire and ice, floods and a record drought, a historic snowfall that closed Interstate 70, one of the largest and deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history and assisting local law enforcement agencies across the state in their times of need. I congratulate Ron on a tremendous job and thank him for his service to the people of Missouri.”

Jason Wilson is on the verge (August) of completing a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy. After completing basic training and special operations school in 1996, Wilson spent the next  four years aboard two ships, the USS Reid, a guided-missile frigate, and the ammunition ship USNS Kiska.

Back on land, Wilson was trained as a recruiting counselor, and has spent the past 15 years in the U.S. Navy recruitment offices in Kansas City, St. Louis, Minneapolis and New Orleans, where he has served since December 2010.

During his 20 years of service, Wilson has received two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and two National Defense Medals among a total of 19 medals, six service ribbons and 43 Recruiting Gold Wreaths.

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