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Columbia banker Jeff Giles called to active duty

By Linda Waggener

You usually see Jeff Giles in his capacity as a local banker. However, as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Reserves, he is being called up for active duty and will be away from home for the next six months.
"It's very difficult to be separated from your family for a long period of time and it makes things difficult for them, too," Jeff says,

"but I'm proud to have over thirteen years of service to my country and a family that understands the sacrifices anyone in uniform has to make. It's important that we remember that we're not the only ones -- there are thousands of families just like ours facing the same challenge." He and his wife Mary Ellen have two sons, Jared and Cody.

Jeff says that it's times like these when you realize who your friends truly are -- those who stick by you no matter what. He says he and his wife and kids have a wonderful support group who help make it possible for him to be away.

This tour of dury will take Jeff to Fort Bragg, North Carolina for training through mid June, then he will be able to return home for a short time before going to Eritrea, Africa. There, he will be a United Nations Military Observer whose duties include patrolling the demilitarized zone on the border of Ethiopia and Eritrea, providing any assistance required to assure neither country is violating the United Nations agreement. He was unable to comment as to whether this is related to the war in Iraq or not.

Jeff is a graduate of Lindsey Wilson College, BA, and has a Western Kentucky University MBA, and serves the local business community as Chamber of Commerce Board Member. His family are members of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, he is a Little League Baseball Coach and member of the Navy Reserve Association.

This story was posted on 2004-06-01 17:27:46
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Called to serve

2004-06-01 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener.
, featured Chamber of Commerce volunteer of the month, has 19 years experience in local banking. For the last six months he has worked as Executive Vice President at United Citizens Bank (in organization), the new financial institution located by Jeffries Showcase Gallery on Jamestown Street. Jeff's next few months, however, must be spent on active duty.

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