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Chris Shipe: Veteran of the Year in Clarke

11 November 2019 Clarke County News

November 11, 2019

BERRYVILLE – The government of Clarke County named Chris Shipe the “Berryville-Clarke County Veteran of the Year.”

The “Veteran of the Year” award is given to local veterans who exemplify the tradition of the citizen soldier, whose dedication to the nation and their communities does not end when their military service is complete, according to the government of Clarke County.

Shipe, 58, is a Berryville resident who served in the United States Army from 1983-1987. He was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas and later in Germany. Shipe was a member of the 2nd Armored Division, an elite unit with the U.S. Army at the time.

Since his time in the military, Shipe has worked with several mutual insurance companies in Pennsylvania, Iowa, West Virginia and Virginia. In 2003, he was named president and CEO of Loudoun Mutual Insurance Company. Additionally, he has served in various capacities on insurance cooperative boards and industry committees. Shipe is currently the president and a member of the board of directors for the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative.

Shipe also serves as the president of the John H. Enders Fire and Rescue Company. He has held the position for 10 years, and has been a volunteer firefighter since the age of 16. He runs calls even today in Berryville and Clarke County at large.

Chris Shipe’s name will be added to a plaque in the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center. Each year, the winner of “Veteran of the Year” has their name added to the plaque. It includes past winners Robert A. Freebee, Michael L. Linster, John F. Harris and Norman Morrison.


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