94th AAMDC Soldier chosen to escort Dr. Jill Biden

| February 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sgt. Louis Lamar
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

Sgt. Ashleigh Berg (left), 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, was chosen to escort Dr. Jill Biden to the State of the Union Address. (Photo by Staff Sgt. John H. Johnson III, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command)

Sgt. Ashleigh Berg (left), 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, was chosen to escort Dr. Jill Biden to the State of the Union Address. (Photo by Staff Sgt. John H. Johnson III, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command)

FORT SHAFTER — Instead of watching the State of the Union Address on television like everyone else, Sgt. Ashleigh Berg, executive administrative assistant to the commanding general of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, watched it live.

Berg was chosen to escort Dr. Jill Biden, one of America’s most influential women, there, Jan. 24

“I first met Dr. Biden in July 2010 while deployed to Camp Victory, Iraq,” Berg said. “I was one of the 11 female Soldiers chosen to eat lunch with her on her visit there.”

Berg was also one of the few people who were chosen to sit in the first lady’s box during the State of the Union Address.

When asked how she was able to get a VIP invite, Berg said, “Dr. Biden remembered me from her trip to Camp Victory because we share the same passion for high heel shoes, and she promised to maintain contact with us after her trip from Iraq.”

Berg was excited to attend and felt really comfortable since she had met Dr. Biden before.

“The speech was amazing,” Berg said. “It related to service members and the military pulling troops out of Afghanistan. That part really touched me since my husband just deployed there.”

When asked if she was nervous Berg said, “Not really. I was just nervous about the flight there.

“My most memorable part of the night was reuniting with Dr. Biden since seeing her in Iraq and talking about our passion for shoe shopping,” she added.

“Another moment was when Dr. Biden asked how my husband was doing and told me to tell him happy birthday,” Berg said. “That really meant a lot to me because she actually remembered his birthday.

“During my trip, I also met President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama,” Berg concluded. “They presented me with a presidential coin from the White House.”

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