When the Keystone 28th Infantry Division is mobilized, the men and women of the 28th leave their loved ones and go wherever their services are required.
Before deploying overseas or on to other military posts for training, members of the 28th must take care of matters on the home front, such as getting powers of attorney notarized so their spouses or parents can handle their personal business.
What better way to efficiently have powers of attorney and other documents, such as wills notarized than to have a division filled with notaries? That’s when the 28th decided to contact PAN. They wanted at least two notaries at every level of the division, i.e., company, battalion and brigade.
PAN’s customer service representatives assist the soldiers with the application process and answer any questions they have. The 28th Division’s contact person is kept in the loop with up-to-date information on the commissioning process for each soldier. Currently, there are 18 service men and women who have applied to become notaries. That number will increase as soldiers come and go from the Division.
The 28th and the PA National Guard trace their lineage back to the militia organized by Benjamin Franklin in 1747. It is the oldest continuously serving division in the United States Army.
The 28th was mustered into service for the Spanish-American War in 1898 and was drafted into federal service in response to World War I, having seen action along the Marne River east of Chateau-Thierry. After the battle, Gen. John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force, declared that the 28th soldiers are “Men of Iron” and named the 28th his “Iron Division.”
During World War II, the 28th was once again mobilized and stepped onto Omaha Beach on July 22, 1944. They fought in the Hǜrtgen Forest and moved on to disrupt the German counter-offensive during the Battle of the Bulge, eventually liberating Colmar, France from the German military. The 28th was deployed to Europe as part of the NATO command defending western Europe from the threat of Soviet attack during the Korean Conflict.
Since September 11, 2001, the soldiers of the 28th have conducted operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, the Sinai, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
To the men and women of the Keystone 28th Infantry Division, thank you for your service. We are proud you chose PAN to help you become notaries.