Ohio official to head state veterans department

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has picked the state's deputy inspector general to lead the Ohio Department of Veterans Services.

Kasich said Friday that retired U.S. Army Col. Tim Gorrell (guh-REHL') will take over as director of the veterans services agency Nov. 1.

Retired Air Force Col. Tom Moe announced his retirement as director in July.

Gorrell was commissioned an Army second lieutenant in 1982. He served in Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kuwait. Gorrell was chief of staff for the U.S. Third Army while in Kuwait.

The University of Akron graduate holds several military honors including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Gorrell also is a past command inspector general of the Ohio National Guard.

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