For one Hill staffer, Wednesday's ceremony to honor the American Fighter Aces with the Congressional Gold Medal had special significance.
Billy Benjamin, the director of IT for Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is the grandson of Ace Carl Rieman. "Well, I recently came to learn that one of Carl’s grandsons works for me. His name is Billy Benjamin. Billy is in charge of our technology — when I can’t get my iPhone to work, he gets the call. He’s a good guy … big Washington Redskins fan, but we can forgive him for that," Boehner said at the ceremony," after recounting the late Rieman's exploits in the Pacific theater.