Assemblyman Obernolte Recognizes
Assemblyman Jay Obernolte on
the Assembly floor with Robert Read 2018
Veteran of the Year
June 21, 2018, ____ Assemblyman Jay
Obernolte (R-Hesperia) recognized United States Army Specialist Robert Read as
his 2018 Veteran of the Year for the 33rd Assembly District. Specialist Robert
Read attended the Veteran of the Year Recognition Luncheon in Sacramento
honoring U.S. Veterans from all 80 Assembly Districts in the state.
Read’s love of country inspired him to
enlist in the Army in January 1962 and he served until 1965. Robert was an E4
(Army Specialist) and served with the 101st Airborne. Robert Read served
in overseas operations, where he led many special, top-secret assignments.
Serving in the Army gave him a sense fulfillment that instilled in him the
belief that he could accomplish great things over his lifetime.
“It was an honor to recognize Specialist Robert Read
for his service to our country,”
Assemblyman Obernolte said. “I have
tremendous respect for Veterans like Robert who’ve made enormous sacrifices to
protect our freedoms. It was a privilege to honor Robert for both his service
to our country and his continued service to his community.”
After leaving the Army, Read’s passion
for helping at-risk youth led him to enroll in Chapman University where he
majored in Education. He was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2000-2001 by the
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. For 15 years Read taught at-risk students, and many have stayed
in contact with him, especially those who joined the military.
As a resident of Spring Valley Lake,
Robert Read has been extremely involved in his community, serving on various
clubs and committees. Recently, while serving as President of the Spring Valley
Lake Veterans Club, Read reinstated the Blue Star Program, which recognizes and
honors our returning Veterans. He has also worked with Victor Valley College to
pass a resolution advocating that Disabled Veterans’ spouses receive the same
recognition as Veterans to obtain early priority registration. Robert
Read is currently heading the Spring Valley Lake Veteran Memorial Project.
THANK YOU, Robert Read, for serving
Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes the San
Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big
Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson
Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan,
Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and