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Virginia L. Starzy | Arkansas Military Veterans' Hall of Fame

Virginia L. Starzy

Captain Virginia Lynn Starzy, United States Navy, Retired, second generation military, Locust Grove. Undergraduate degree from Arkansas Tech, Russellville, before entering the Navy.  She earned two masters degrees while on active duty and following retirement, a Specialist in Education, Arkansas State University. Her military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  Captain Starzy retired following twenty-four years active Federal service  

Since retiring from the Navy after 24 years, Capt Starzy has served as Executive Director of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (1 year). She then taught at Southside School District until officially retiring in 2010. Other activities include serving on the Main Street Batesville Board of Directors for 4 years and as its president two of those years; past member of the Batesville and Southside Kiwanis Club; past member of 97th Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol located in Batesville. For three years she was a mathematics seminar instructor and ACT instructor for the UPWARD Bound students at Lyon College. She has also served as the Director of Vacation Bible School at her church for 5 years. 

James Sturch State Senator District 19 says “One thing I believe sets Mrs. Starzy apart is that her service did not end when she concluded her distinguished career in the Navy. She did not set out to simply retire but decided to give back to her community in a variety of ways. Mrs. Starzy first continued her service by returning to the classroom and making a difference in the lives of her students. She also became very involved in her church. I have personally seen her dedicated service as a volunteer, as a giver of talent and treasure, most notably as the Vacation Bible School director for several years.”

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