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NEO’s Lt. David Noel receives Cherokee Warrior Award, Medal of Patriotism

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(from left) Cara Cowan Watts, councilwoman for the Cherokee Nation, Lt. David Noel, recipient of the Cherokee Warrior Award and Medal of Patriotism, Police Chief Tom Robertson, and Claudia Little Axe, director of the American Indian Center for Excellence (from left) Cara Cowan Watts, councilwoman for the Cherokee Nation, Lt. David Noel, recipient of the Cherokee Warrior Award and Medal of Patriotism, Police Chief Tom Robertson, and Claudia Little Axe, director of the American Indian Center for Excellence

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NEO’s Lt. David Noel receives Cherokee Warrior Award, Medal of Patriotism

Miami, Okla. – Thursday, March 13, 2014 – The campus police department and the American Indian Center for Excellence (AICE), at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO), recognized police officer, Lt. David Noel for receiving the Cherokee Warrior Award, Medal of Patriotism. The reception took place Wednesday, March 12 in the Kah-Ne-You-Ah Hall Gallery.

“Officer Noel has been a familiar face and friendly personality for nearly 25 years on the campus of NEO A and M College,” said Dr. Jeff Hale, NEO president. “We are so proud of David for his recent honor from the Cherokee Nation and want David and his family to know how much we appreciate his years of service to our campus community.”

Cherokee Nation tribal citizens are selected each month to receive honor and recognition for their sacrifice and service in the armed forces. This particular award was bestowed by the Cherokee Nation for Noel’s time in military service. He was formally honored last month by Principal Chief Baker, Deputy Principal Chief Crittenden, the Tribal Council, and other attendees.

Not only is Noel noted for this honor, but his brothers, Eddie and James Noel, were also selected by Cherokee Nation to receive this military honor. Eddie Noel served in the Army, and James Noel served in the Army National Guard. Alongside the Noel brothers, army man Jeremy Scott Seaman, and navy man Jerry Hogner also received this honor. All honorees received a medal and a plaque.

“Lt. David Noel has been the most loyal and dedicated officer I have worked with in my 18 years at NEO. His award speaks of the man himself,” said Police Chief Tom Robertson.

Noel was born in 1953 in Claremore, Okla. His parents are Joseph and Anna Noel. After graduating from Miami High School, Noel enlisted in the Navy and was sent to Great Lakes, III. It was there where he was in boot camp and went to school to gain electrical knowledge.

Noel’s journey in the Navy continued when he was brought to Charleston, S.C. in 1972 when he served aboard the USS Yellowstone. He used his electrical knowledge in working maintenance to provide support for destroyers of the Atlantic Fleet until Sept. 11, 1974.

He continued his military service during the Vietnam War. He supplied destroyers and aircraft carriers on ammunition ship USS Santa Barbara until Dec. 23, 1975.

Noel settled in Miami, Okla. after his duty in the Navy ended and attended NEO A&M College. Noel is currently a lieutenant for the NEO campus police department. He was married to his late wife Janice Myers for 16 years, and he has two daughters, Randi and Rikki, and two grandchildren, Charli and Ryder. Noel’s humbling service in the Navy continues as a police officer, and NEO is proud to have him as a Cherokee Nation honoree.

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