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Sgt. Weninger passed away in a training accident on June 16, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator JD Vance (R-OH) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have introduced legislation to designate the U.S. Post Office located in Chesterland, Ohio, as the “Sgt. Wolfgang Kyle Weninger Post Office Building.” This legislation is the Senate companion to an effort led by Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH-14) in the House of Representatives. Every member of the Ohio U.S. House delegation has cosponsored Congressman Joyce’s legislation.

Sgt. Weninger, who went by Kyle or Wolf, was a graduate of Kenston High School and a local hockey legend in Geauga County. Kyle joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2015 and immediately excelled. In roughly four years, he earned the coveted Marine Special Operator Insignia and rose to the rank of sergeant. Tragically, Kyle passed away following a training accident on June 16, 2020. He was just 28 years old.

“I’m proud to advance this legislation to recognize the sacrifice of Sergeant Kyle Weninger,” said Senator Vance. “No act of Congress will ever repay the Weninger family for the loss they have endured, but we must do everything we can to ensure his memory lives on. Semper Fi.”

“Sgt. Wolfgang Kyle Weninger bravely served and sacrificed to protect our country,” said Senator Brown. “With this legislation, we will honor his memory and service to our country for years to come.”

“Sgt. Weninger made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and his memory should be honored, particularly in the community where he grew up,” said Congressman Joyce. “With the passage of this bill, Kyle’s legacy would live on in his community and the postal facility would serve as a reminder to the residents of OH-14 of the sacrifice service members and their families, like the Weninger’s, make for our country every day.”

“On behalf of our entire family, we are appropriately moved by this great honor that will memorialize and remember our son and brother for his sacrifice, devotion to our country and as a true and faithful son of our community,” said Ernst Weninger, Kyle’s father. “For all the accolades bestowed on him by Governor Mike DeWine, the Kenston Board of Education and the Marine MARSOC Raiders, among many others, this particular recognition would make him so very proud, and he would be humbled to be honored in this fashion. We’d like to express our deepest gratitude to Congressman Joyce and Senator Vance for championing this tribute and to the entire Ohio Congressional Delegation for their support in this cause.”

Sgt. Weininger   Weninger family photo