When service members are recognized for their honorable actions, they are usually presented with tokens like medals or coins. However, these two Washington State Troopers, and former service members, were given something a little different: Quilts.
On May 11th 2016, Trooper Robert Moore and Trooper Ray Sill were presented with handmade quilts from the Quilts of Valor Foundation. These quilts signify the dedication and sacrifice service members from all branches have made on behalf of our country, with the foundation’s mission reading “to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor”— and that they did.
The Washington State Patrol is a proud supporter or our nation’s military and is honored to have so many active-duty, reserves, and veterans within our ranks; just like Trooper Moore and Trooper Sills.
Both Trooper Moore and Trooper Sill have distinguished military service records and are exceptional Washington State Patrol Troopers. Being nominated and chosen to receive one of these handmade quilts is phenomenal and we as a Patrol couldn’t be more proud.
Trooper Moore, who is now in the State Patrol’s Human Resources Division, served nine years in the U.S. Navy, where he was an Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class and deployed twice to the Western Pacific aboard the USS Kitty Hawk and served another Expeditionary unit deployment to Iwakuni, Japan. Following his time in the Navy, Moore joined the Washington Army National Guard and served as an Aviation Operations Sergeant First Class. He deployed three times, once to Iraq in 2004-2005 at LSA Anaconda and once to Ali al Saleem, Kuwait in 2008-2009. Moore began his career with the Washington State Patrol in 2002 and was officially commissioned in 2003 with the 89th Trooper Basic Training Class.
Trooper Ray Sill, who is assigned to the District 5 Chehalis area, was an Army Combat Medic and Scout for 10 years— deploying five times, twice to Iraq and individual tours in Afghanistan, Panmunjom, and Bosnia. Trooper Sill was first hired in 2007 and commissioned on January 1, 2009 on a Specialty Assignment as a Belt Weapons Instructor.
With the recent passing of Washington National Guard 1st Lieutenant and WSP Trooper David A. Brauders, this Quilts of Valor ceremony held a special place in the Patrol’s heart.
Following the ceremony, Trooper Moore said this “beautiful and exceptional” quilt was a “nice token of appreciation” adding he was “very humbled by it.” As far as the event itself, Moore explained he was happy to share the day with Trooper Sills as well as Lieutenant Jason Ashley and Captain Travis Matheson who showed up to surprise them.
For more information on the Quilts of Valor foundation please visit their website at: http://www.qovf.org/.