01.22.16

MTN News: Soldier from Heart Butte honored as "Montanan Of The Week" by Daines

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) has recognized Blake Wombold of Heart Butte, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve, as his "Montanan Of The Week."

Wombold earned the honor for his contribution of new shoes for the Heart Butte High School boys basketball team.

This marks the second year that Blake has donated new shoes to Heart Butte’s basketball team. 

A press release from Daines' office says that while growing up, Blake witnessed the sacrifices his mother, a teacher at Heart Butte School, made to provide for him and he wanted to be able to help the community that supported him.

Daines will present Wombold with the Montanan Of The Week recognition on Friday afternoon via Skype from Great Falls.

Anyone can nominate a fellow Montanan for Daines’ “Montanan Of The Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website.

Here is the full text of the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:

MONTANAN OF THE WEEK

Mr. PRESIDENT, I would like to honor Blake Wombold, of Heart Butte, a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army Reserves, for his generous contribution of new shoes for the Heart Butte High School Boys basketball team.

Blake was born in Browning, Montana and is an alumnus of Heart Butte High School, where there were only 19 students in his graduating class.  He played basketball throughout his high school career and truly feels basketball is “king” in Indian Country.  Blake went on to graduate from Salish Kootenai College with a General Science degree.  He has been with the Army Reserves for seven years, is a Staff Sergeant (E6) as well as a Combat Trainer/ Biomedical Equipment Technician.

This year marks the second year that Blake has donated new shoes to Heart Butte’s basketball team. Growing up, Blake witnessed the sacrifices his mother, a teacher at Heart Butte School, made to provide for him and he wanted to be able to give back to the community that supported him.

Staff Sergeant Wombold is currently preparing to deploy overseas. His selfless heart is a true example of what it means to be a Montanan. On behalf of all Montanans, I am proud of his service to our community, state and Nation. 


By:  David Sherman
Source: MTN News