Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a sold-out crowd at the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner
SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — It was a sold-out crowd Thursday night at the Sioux City Convention Center for the 36th annual Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Dinner.
The keynote speaker at this year’s dinner was former US Secretary of State and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The former Secretary of State took the opportunity to reflect on his mandate and also to talk about the nation of today.
Pompeo said he was honored to spend the night speaking in front of Siouxlanders, adding that he was from Wichita, Kansas, and flying in Siouxland reminded him a lot of home. Pompeo said the people he has had the chance to meet and talk to here in Sioux City remind him of home because of strong Midwestern values.
Pompeo began his speech by looking back on his four years in the Trump administration. He said: “We were intensely focused for the 4 years.”
He later added that the administration was “focused on making your life better every day. We put America first.
“We’ve always been mindful that you know, I’ve raised my hand to swear allegiance to the Constitution seven times in my life. And each time it was to do the right thing for the American people, to defend this country. And so our work, even when we work across the world, must be first and foremost about you, the American people, and we have done that,” Pompeo said.
He also added that he still thinks about the US military every day while doing his job.
“I woke up every morning as the most senior diplomat thinking that if I do my job well, a soldier, a sailor, a marine won’t have to do anything really difficult. It was in my heart, it was on my mind, and we did it for four years. I’m incredibly proud of it,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo said the people and businesses of Sioux City give him confidence in America’s future.
Before keynote speaker Mike Pompeo addressed the crowd, several awards were presented.
This year, the Siouxland Chamber W. Edwards Deming Award for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Excellence goes to Jim Jensen, CEO of Great West Casualty.
The Chamber presented the prestigious recognition to Jensen, who just celebrated 47 years with the insurance company based in South Sioux City, Nebraska. He has been recognized for his corporate, community and chamber leadership. Jensen credits the opportunities the company has given him and thanks his co-workers and the wider community for their support.
Another award presented tonight was Sergeant Charles Floyd USS Sioux City Sailor of the Year for Blue Crew and Gold Crew. The recipient of Gold Crew Sailor of The Year is James D. Borchert III of Texas. He is an original crew member of the USS Sioux City and has been with them since before the ship was commissioned into the naval academy in 2018.
The recipient of the Blue Crew Sailor of the Year award is Franklin P. McCullough, who is currently deployed on the ship.
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