The Invidividuals Behind Ruck for the Fallen

Here are some of the individuals behind Ruck for the Fallen..

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Mitch Kriebel

Master Sergeant Mitchell R. Kriebel assumed the responsibilities as the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer, at the Fort McCoty Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, on April 13, 2018.

Master Sergeant Kriebel is a native of Moscow, Idaho and Enlisted in the Army on July 5th, 2004. He completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Throughout his career, he has held numerous leadership ranging from Infantry Team leader to Area of operations for south Afghanistan Area protection. He has served as Riflemen, grenadier, M249, M240, M2 Machine gunner, Team Leader and Squad leader for the 1 Brigade, 2nd Battalion, 22nd infantry regiment, Fort Drum New York. Master Sergeant Kriebel moved to 191 infantry Division out of Joint base Lewis McCord and became an Observer Controller Trainer, Master Combatives instructor, and Heavy Weapons Expert. He PCS’d to Camp Parks California to become a Small Group Leader and train junior Non-Commissioned Officers, in Base leaders Course.

After receiving an additional Military Occupational Speciality as a Medical Logistics expert, Master Sergeant Kriebel would again transfer this time to Grand Rapids Michigan as the Medical Logistics NCOIC for the 401st Medical Logistics Company. He would then be called back to another NCO Academy, Fort McCoy Wisconsin NCOA as the Operations NCOIC. He is currently stationed 176th Medical Brigade S4 NCOIC in Seagoville, Texas.

His Combat Deployments include two year-long deployments to Iraq, and one year-long tour to Afghanistan. Master Sergeant Kriebel has attended Master Leaders, Senior Leaders Course (Infantry), Advanced Leader Course Phase one and two (Infantry), Basic Leaders Course, Master Combatives Course, Level 1-4 Combatives courses, Airborne Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, RC Unit Mobilization planner Course, Air Load Planner Course, Pre-Ranger Course, Army Basic Instructor Cours, and Small Group Instructor Course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service medal (with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Could Conduct Medal (5th award), National Defense Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NATO ISAF Medal, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4th award), Army Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal (3 campaign stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with one Campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Basic Airborne Badge, Instructor Badge, and the Order of Saint Maurice.

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Sarah McKnight

Sarah McKnight currently serves as the Whitman County Managing Director for the Southeast Washington EDA. McKnight previously served on Colfax City Council, Public Safety Committee, Economic Development, Tourism & Events Commission, Palouse Knowledge Corridor Board of Directors and completed the Avista Community Academy. McKnight earned her BA in Education, Cum Laude, from Washington State University in 2004. Prior to her work in Economic Development, McKnight taught elementary school, violin lessons, horse riding, has been a volunteer 4-H leader and held three rodeo royalty titles.

Sarah is a Whitman County native who enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and carving out time for hobbies. Sarah has five years’ experience working on non-profit boards and currently resides on the Waddell & Reed Financial Advisory Board in Pullman, WA, the Colfax Downtown Association and has recently completed Master level certification in Reiki energy healing.

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Hana Kriebel

Hana Kriebel was born and raised in Washington State. She is the youngest of four children. Both of her parents are Air Force Veterans along with two In Memory Grandfathers who were Army Veterans. Her father is also a Retired Fire Chief.

Kriebel worked in the Medical Field Managing a Urologic Oncology Surgical Practice for CHI Franciscan for 10 years. She currently runs her own business with Rodan and Fields while raising 3 children.

Kriebel received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Law and Justice and a Minor in Philosophy from Central Washington University in 2007.

Kriebel currently participates with the Prescription for Change Foundation, helping students change their communities and lives.

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Johnny Kriebel

John Kriebel is a Journeyman Lineman. Kriebel has participated in the IBEW Local 77 for 17 years as a dedicated member where he has promoted safety, trained apprentices, and been a dedicated worker for the union. He has 2 Grandfathers, Great Uncle, Father, and Brother that are all and have been Military. His Father and Brother in Law are members of L.E.O. and holds them in the highest regard. He has numerous friends and family that are involved as first responders as well.