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Familiar faces at Obama’s speech

Post by Scott Fontaine on Dec. 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
December 2, 2009 12:06 pm

If you were watching President Barack Obama’s speech last night, you might have noticed a few local faces in the crowd.

Lt. Dan Berschinski
Lt. Dan Berschinski

Cameras panned to Lt. Dan Berschinski, who served in Afghanistan with 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and is recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after a bomb nearly killed him. (I wrote about his recovery earlier this year.) Unfortunately, PBS identified him as Frank Berschinski. But hey, we all make mistakes.

Berschinski is a West Point graduate, and the sight of him and his brother, Rob, sitting among the cadets caught the attention of quite a few folks. ABC and NBC interviewed him after the speech, he said.

Cadet Liz Betterbed
Cadet Liz Betterbed

Cadet Liz Betterbed also had a chance to see her commander-in-chief up close. The Fox Island native and Rhodes Scholar holds the No. 2 spot of the Corps of Cadets. She also ranks second academically and first overall (in academic, physical and military disciplines) in her class.

Betterbed is studying mechanical engineering, performed research for the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review and studied in Mexico as an exchange student. She also was a member of the varsity soccer team and is part of a team designing and building a powered prosthetic foot that would give wounded soldiers the ability to run.

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