Pvt. Miranda R. Bloom, of Spencer, was part of approximately 40 Iowa Army National Guard Soldiers recently recognized during a patching ceremony held at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center in Johnston. This ceremony represents a time-honored tradition, where Iowa citizen soldiers officially receive the left-shoulder military patch representing their unit of assignment in the Iowa Army National Guard. These soldiers represent today’s Iowa Army National Guard, which consists of 7,000 citizen soldiers based in more than 40 communities across the state. Bloom, a 2017 graduate of Spencer High School, now becomes a culinary specialist with the Detachment 1, 2168th Transportation Company, of Sioux City. Culinary specialists are primarily responsible for the preparation and service of food in field or garrison food service operations. “I joined to receive college benefits,” Bloom said, “but overall I joined to make my father proud.” Bloom is the daughter of Bob Bloom, of Spencer, and Crystal Bloom, of Lincoln, Nebraska.