Rockie Lynne becomes an admiral
Monday, September 21, 2009
– Rockie Lynne was named an honorary admiral in the Minnesota Naval Militia for "demonstrating notable patriotism, valor and fidelity."
The declaration was issued and signed by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and presented to a surprised Lynne after his performance at the 6th Annual Tribute To The Troops benefit concert last Sunday, Sept. 13, in Minneapolis.
"I was stunned when (State Command) Sgt. Major (Scott) Mills called me onto the stage and presented this to me. I am humbled by such a gesture," Lynne said.
This appointment was made to Lynne in recognition of the efforts he has made on behalf of troops related causes. Lynne is co-founder of the Minnesota-based charity motorcycle ride and benefit concert Tribute to the Troops, which just completed its 6th annual event on Sept. 11-13 and raised more than $100,0000 for the families of fallen soldiers.
Lynne also recently returned from a 21-day Armed Forces Entertainment tour where he and his band entertained our deployed troops at bases around the world, including Afghanistan, The Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia.
His original composition, Red, White and Blue, which was included on his self-titled debut released on Universal Records, is played at most memorial services in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lynne is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the 82nd Airborne, Ft. Bragg, N.C.
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