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File #: RES 18-1753    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 10/10/2018
Title: Proclaiming Saturday, October 13, 2018 as Lieutenant Colonel Kou B. Vang Day in the City of Saint Paul.
Sponsors: Dai Thao
Proclaiming Saturday, October 13, 2018 as Lieutenant Colonel Kou B. Vang Day in the City of Saint Paul.

WHEREAS, Lt. Col Kou Bliaxa Vang was born on May 5, 1955. As a teenager, he was recruited by the United State’s CIA to work as a radio operator and later as an air traffic controller at the CIA headquarters in Long Cheng, Laos, during the Vietnam War; and

WHEREAS, After the United States pulled out of the Vietnam War in 1975, Lt. Col Vang fled to Thailand as a refugee before immigrating to Illinois in 1976; and

WHEREAS, In 1989, he earned his Associates of Arts Degree at the Lakewood Community College; and in 1995, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Minnesota; and in 1996, he earned his Advance Education in General Dentistry Residency at the University of Minnesota; and

WHEREAS, Lt. Col Vang started his military service in 1998 with Minnesota Air National Guard in Saint Paul and later became the Assistant (OIC) to the Dental Section in the 133rd Medical Group. His duties were to perform initial and periodic dental examinations to ensure dental readiness of the wing members and to educate members on proper oral hygiene to ensure maximum wartime readiness; and

WHEREAS, in 1998, Lt. Col Vang was promoted to Captain; in 2003, he was promoted to Major, and in 2007, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel; and

WHEREAS, Lt. Col Vang has been awarded and decorated with the Air Force Outstanding Units Award, the National Defense Service Award, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and Air Force Training Ribbon; and

WHEREAS, Lt. Col. Vang has been caring for patients in his Saint Paul, Minnesota clinic since 1998. His service to the community has been impeccable with over 35,000 patients on record; and

WHEREAS, In 2008, Lt. Col. Vang was awarded the Minnesota Dental Association’s Humanitarian Service Award for his devoted service to his patients, which consists largely of lower income families and individuals; and

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