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Learning about Respect

Army National Guard Major Matthew Miksit Visits Wedgwood Elementary School Fourth-Graders


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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP – The fourth-grade students in Miss Lisa DiGrazio’s class at Wedgwood Elementary School fired off question after question to Major Matthew Miskit on Wednesday afternoon. The Army National Guard team-building/teamwork specialist handled each one admirably, making a few jokes and teaching the students a little about respect along way.


Maj. Miksit, the son of Wedgwood classroom assistant Joanne Miksit, talked to the students about his experience in the military, including a deployment in 2014 to the Middle East, and then focused on the topic of respect. With Veterans Day coming up on Sunday, Maj. Miksit encouraged the students to show respect for the veterans of the armed forces who they see and to thank them for their service.


Maj. Miksit entered the Army National Guard 18 years ago, at the age of 23. He has spent time all over the United States, including longer station periods in both Texas and now in New Jersey. He was part of the West Virginia National Guard until 2004, and he has been with the New Jersey National Guard since then. He’s currently part of the 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team based out of Lawrenceville, N.J.