Lions club recognizes retiring, current soldiers

Current 1-212th Aviation Regiment Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Isom addressed the Enterprise Lions Club. Pictured, from left, are Rawnie Coquat, former 1-212th Aviation Regiment Command Sgt. Maj. Jay Coquat, Isom and Lions Club Historian Conrad Stempel.

The Enterprise Lions Club recognized the retiring and current command sergeant majors of the 1-212 Aviation Regiment at its regular meeting on July 31.

Lions Club Historian and Wiregrass Wounded Veterans Committee Co-Chairman Conrad Stempel recognized retiring Command Sgt. Maj. Jay Coquat for all his help and cooperation during his time as CSM of the 1-212th Aviation Regiment.

“This is a sad occasion for me because we’re losing a good friend,” Stempel said. “We couldn’t do the Boll Weevil 100 without them (the 1-212th Aviation Regiment), the WWVC would be in trouble without and they do tremendous things in our community. Jay (Coquat) has been instrumental in that. When we built the cabin we did because he was always there.”

Coquat thanked the Lions Club and WWVC for its part in the community.

“It was our honor and pleasure to be a part of this community and to work with everybody,” Coquat said. “We hope to stay in touch with everybody and if we can ever help anybody anywhere, please just give us a holler. We thank all of you for what you do for this community and the soldiers and the families here in the Wiregrass area.”

While Coquat’s retirement isn’t official until October, a change of responsibility for the 1-212th Aviation Regiment was held on July 23. Taking over for Coquat is Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Isom, who Coquat introduced to the organization.

Isom addressed the organization.

“First of all, I’ll tell you this; Jay has done an amazing job and I’m absolutely playing catch-up as he’s going through all these different things both at work and in the community,” Isom said. “His investment both at work and in the community are going to be hard for me to keep up with at this point, but we’re going to do it. He’s laid out a great groundwork. I’ve talked to some of the soldiers and they enjoy the interaction that’s out there and we will continue that on. We (the 1-212th Aviation Regiment) look forward to the continued relationship with the Enterprise Lions Club.”

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