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Sanibel officer to be recognized at Veterans Day Ceremony

By Staff | Nov 8, 2019

The city of Sanibel reported that it has 24 U.S. military veterans among its workforce.

The Lee Coast Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will give special recognition to one of them, Police Officer Chad Maik, for his service to the country and community on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the flag pole at City Hall, at 800 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.

Maik joined the Sanibel Police Department in 2015. In 2016, he was sworn into as a police officer. During his tenure, Maik has been recognized with the Combat Cross medal, as well as the Lifesaving Commendation. He has earned his: bicycle patrol officer certification, patrol rifle certification, Florida Department of Law Enforcement certification, ASP expandable baton certification, TASER certification, RADAR/LASER speed detection certification, Florida Wildlife Commission alligator agent license and more.

Academically, Maik earned 29 credits at the Community College of the Air Force and transferred the credits to the Florida Southwestern State college Criminal Justice associate degree program with an expected completion date of 2021.

Maik dedicated eight years to the U.S. Air Force as a senior airman. For four years, he served as an active duty military police officer and four years as an United States Air Force reserve military officer. In 2010, Maik was deployed to combat in Iraq in support of Operation Freedom and Operation New Dawn. During that time, he served as a HUMVEE turret machine-gunner and Barrett M107 .50 caliber rifleman.

Maik also was awarded the Air Force achievement Medal for providing first aide to a juvenile burn victim in combat zone. He served as a “Z-backscatter” material equipment operator/inspector, Cobalt-60 synthetic radioactive material and Caesium-137 radioactive material equipment operator/inspector, and HUMVEE fleet management. In 2011, Maik was awarded his Base Defense Operations Center Controller certification and 911 military dispatcher certification and supervised 20-plus military police officers. In 2012, he was deployed to Kyrgyzstan for approximately 180 days in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. During that time, he supervised 30-plus U.S. military police officers.

The awards Maik earned while serving include:

– Air Force Achievement Medal

– Air Force Meritorious Unit Award

– Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

– Air Force Good Conduct Medal

– National Defense Service Medal

– Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Star

– Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Ribbon

– Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Ribbon

– Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short Tour with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

– Air Force Expeditionary Ribbon with Gold Frame

– Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

– Air Force Training Ribbon

The 24 city of employees who are veterans include:

– John Agnew

– Rodd Bell

– Magdiel Bernier

– Luther Bledsoe

– Mike Claney

– Anthony Edwards

– James Evans

– Matthew Fannon

– John Hall

– Samuel Halverson

– Lance Henninger

– Craig Henry

– James Isom

– Edward Kilcomons

– Christopher Kwek

– Chad Maik

– Timothy Moore

– Joshua Ooyman

– Kelsey Reed

– Michelle Rose

– Christopher Salter

– Sabine Schroeder

– Arthur Stallsmith

– Anthony Thompson