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Citizen-soldier winner is really a citizen-airman

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on May 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
May 6, 2010 12:18 pm

A U.S. Air Force reservist who lives in University Place is the recipient of the 2010 Howard O. Scott Citizen-Soldier of the Year Award, presented by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber.

Lt. Col. Adam Torem was honored for service including coaching a team of nine and 10-year-old budding engineers in the “FIRST” Lego League Challenge, and for teaching youth classes at his synagogue.

Torem also helped put together state legislation ensuring that all Washington service members called to active duty receive the same benefits, as well as legislation designed to protect the parental rights of deployed residents.

He also volunteers with programs that provide housing guidance and other free legal advice for members of the National Guard and Reserve.

In his day job, Torem works for the state Utilities and Transportation Commission. In his military life, he is assigned to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.

The annual chamber award is named for Howard O. Scott, a Tacoma native who served in World War II and returned home to success in banking and in community service work.

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