2010-04-18 / News Briefs

BUSINESS BRIEFS

MIKULKA FORMS STRATEGIC GLOBAL SOLUTIONS – Amanda Mikulka, formerly of Chesaning, has created Strategic Global Solutions, Inc., based in Dexter. The company was set up as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) to provide a vehicle to serve her country again and create opportunities for other veterans. Sgt. Mikulka Army National Guard (Ret) served in the Michigan National Guard for 10 years, from 1999 to 2009 as a military police officer. She was with the 144th Military Police Unit deployed to protect the Pentagon while it was rebuilt following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. She was then deployed to Louisiana to work with the Union Parrish Sheriff’s Department to provide support after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She was then deployed to Iraq to join Operation Iraqi Freedom. After serving through many deployments, Mikulka returned stateside where command thought she would stay. At this point she was not eligible for another military deployment, but Mikulka, through her determination, commitment, courage and will to serve her country and team, volunteered and pushed for deployment to Iraq again. She served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom again, and was training Iraqi police to help make the police independent. On Aug. 9, 2007, while on a mission in Mosul, Iraq, Mikulka and her team came under enemy fire. She was hit with a rocket propelled grenade, losing much of her right leg, damaging her left leg and causing other severe injuries. Mikulka returned to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she received the Purple Heart and a hero’s welcome. Through countless surgeries over the next six months she made a miraculous recovery, learning to walk again with a prosthetic leg. Following a medical retirement from the military, Mikulka’s focus now is SGS-Con, a construction division of Strategic Global Solutions, Inc. to procure federal government and military contracts. Growing up in Chesaning with her parents, Mike and Paulette, brothers Tim and Joe, and sisters Paula and Melissa, she enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, farming and construction. She is now utilizing that hands-on construction background in her new endeavor. Through her experience, Mikulka has selected a very qualified staff to support her. Her mantra is to be a veteran-first hiring organization, from internal employees to subcontractors. She is now in the process of actively seeking her first construction opportunity, as well as others in the SDVOSB arena. Further information on Strategic Global Solutions can be found on the internet at www.sgs-con.com. growers have been honored as state winners in the 2009 National Corn Yield Contest (NCYC), sponsored annually by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). David P. Eickholt, of Chesaning, placed first in the state in the A No Till/Strip Till Non-Irrigated Class with a yield of 248.6778 bushels per acre. They hybrid used in the winning field was Pioneer 36V53. Charles J. Eickholt, of Chesaning, placed first in the state in the Ridge Till Non-Irrigated Class with a yield of 239.8529 bushels per acre. The hybrid used was DEKALB DKC51-45. David E. Eickholt, of Chesaning, placed first in the state in the Ridge Till Irrigated Class with a yield of 247.1652 bushels per acre. They hybrid used was Pioneer 35F40. Mary Eickholt, of Chesaning, placed second in the state in the A Non-Irrigated Class with a yield of 248.9525 bushels per acre. The hybrid used was Pioneer 35F40. David and Charles Eickholt, of Chesaning, placed second in the state in the Ridge Till Irrigated Class with a yield of 222.4002 bushels per acre. The hybrid used was Pioneer 35F40. There were 525 state winners nationwide. The 2009 contest had a record 6,958 entries from 46 states.

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