Meet Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) Anthony Lindner. Anthony was born in Esslingen, Germany in 1947. His father, an American soldier who was part of the Normandy invasion, decided to stay in Germany after he was released from the military; he worked for one of the first Army Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES.) Unfortunately, his father passed away shortly after Anthony was born, and he went to live with his grandparents until the age of 11 when his mother remarried. They then came to the United States and moved to North Carolina. Anthony became a US citizen at the age of 18, after graduating high school.

Always looking for adventure, Anthony had dreams of being a Green Beret, so he decided to join the Army. After attending basic training at Ft. Bragg, NC, and Advanced Infantry Training (AIT) at Ft. Gordon, GA, he went to jump school at Ft. Benning, GA. Once this was completed he applied for and was accepted to the Green Beret program. As a Green Beret, Anthony was a radio operator on an A Team. His first assignment was with the 8th Special Forces Group.

Anthony considers himself among the lucky because he was assigned to the Panama Canal Zone instead of the Vietnam. Seeking more excitement, as if being a Green Beret was not challenging enough, after reenlistment Anthony decided to earn his wings. He went to flight school at Ft. Wolters, TX, and finished his aviation training at Ft. Rucker, AL. He was now qualified to fly the TH55, TH13 and UH1 helicopters. His other assignments include Ft. Riley, KS; Ft. Sam Houston, TX; Germany; and Ft. Campbell, KY. He also completed a tour in the Republic of Vietnam.

Anthony’s most memorable experiences include night combat jumps in the jungles of Panama and flying medevac missions in the Republic of Vietnam. These were the most memorable because of the adventure and the opportunity to save lives in Vietnam.

After serving twenty years in the Army, Anthony retired in 1987 and began a second career as a commercial airline pilot. He flew as a pilot on an EMB120 Brazilia, a Delta Commuter for Atlantic Southeast Airlines and then as first officer in a Boeing 757 for Eastern Airlines. He then went on to have a third career as an insurance agent for Farmers Insurance for about 13 years. He finally retired for good in 2008.

Anthony is a member of the Vietnam Veterans Association (VVA) Chapter 511, and he is also active in the North Alabama Helicopter Pilots Association (NAHPA.) As part of the NAHPA, he strives to meet the mission of the organization to enhance and accredit the cohesiveness, esprit de corps, and traditions of valor of rotary wing aircrews that flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Era.

Anthony has 3 children – two sons, Mario and Jacob, and a daughter, Sue. He enjoys volunteering at the museum because of the camaraderie between the veterans.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

Teddy was born in Lawrence County, AL in March of 1946, and he grew up in Hatton. While working at Sears in 1968, he received his draft notice into the United States Army on April 10. After attending basic training at Ft. Benning, GA, he went to Ft. Pope Louisiana to become a truck driver. His first duty station was at Ft. Lewis, Washington where he was assigned to the 143rd Supply Company in the 6th Army. His primary job was transporting petroleum fuel (JP4 and AVGAS) to various aircraft at Ft. Lewis. His most memorable experiences include being a rifleman on the Army Honor Guard burial detail, in which he would travel all over the east coast performing at funerals for our country’s fallen heroes.

After serving his two year commitment, Teddy separated in 1970 and went into the active reserves. At the same time, he went back to work at Sears and enrolled in Calhoun Community College using his GI Bill. In 1986, he graduated from Athens State University with a degree in Systems Engineering while working for NASA. While at NASA, he held a variety of positions, perhaps the most interesting of them being part of the Space Station Support program. When going into space, everything has to be carried with you, including water. Teddy was part of a program that converted urine and sweat into safe drinking water. Also, when you are in space, each time you reprocess your “water” you lose 4 – 6% of a gallon, so you have to know how many times you can reprocess the fluid.

After retirement from NASA in 2011, Teddy came to the museum to volunteer in January of 2013. Teddy was looking for something to do, and he saw an advertisement for volunteers here at the museum. He decided to come in and see what we were all about. Not too long after Teddy started volunteering, I found myself in need of a part time employee. I noticed his attention to detail and offered him the job, which he happily accepted. Teddy is a wonderful tour guide. We have had a number of guests comment on his professionalism and knowledge. He is also in charge of daily building maintenance and setting up for our monthly coffee call. We certainly would have a hard time doing it without his dedication!

He thinks the community does a wonderful job of recognizing our Veterans, but he will help in any way he can. He would like to see a bigger meeting place for our coffee call, and see more people utilize our library. Teddy is also active in the Vietnam Veterans Association (VVA) and the American Veterans (AMVETS.)

Teddy has been married to his lovely wife Patricia for 52 years in June, they have two sons Tarry (who is married to BJ) and Trent (who is married to Rebekah). He has 4 grandchildren: Vance and Ty Dutton, and Hallie and Andrew Hall.
By: Sandra Thompson – Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

Tyre is our newest volunteer at the Alabama Veterans Museum. He was born in LaGrange, Georgia on February 5, 1952 and grew up in Roanoke, Alabama. Tyre attended the University of Alabama through the ROTC program. After college, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the US Army. Tyre says he joined the military to follow in his father’s footsteps and continue his family’s service in the United States military.

During his twenty years in the military, Tyre held many different positions. In 1974, he started out in Fort Knox, Kentucky at the Armor/Cavalry Officer Basic Course. From there he went to Ft Campbell, where he served as Motor Officer, Platoon Leader and Troop XO for the 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry with the 101st Airborne Division.

In 1979, Tyre went to Fulda, Germany, as the S3 Air, Cavalry Troop Commander, which he describes as his “most memorable assignment” because “there were only two Armored Cavalry Regiments stationed in Europe and both were stationed along the Iron Curtain. The Armored Cavalry Regiments had real world full-time border security missions as the first line of defense for Europe and NATO facing off against the massive armies of the Soviet Union and WARSAW PAC. The other units of the US Army Europe were stationed behind the two Armored Cavalry Regiments and would been the second units of NATO to engage the Soviet Union and WARSAW PAC armies. As we have said: “We say we went toe to toe, we stayed trained, we stayed ready and strong, but we didn’t blink or flinch and they did and they fell apart. WE WON!”

Tyre returned to the US in 1982 and came back to Alabama as the Alabama National Guard Advisor, 31st Armor Brigade at Redstone Arsenal. After assignments back to Germany and to Ft. Riley, Kansas, he and his family finally returned to Redstone for good in 1994. His final assignment was as Brigade Executive Officer, 5th Brigade, 2nd Region, ROTC Cadet Command.

After retiring at the rank of Major (04), in 1994, Tyre went to work for the University of Alabama where he served as the Assistant Director of Professional Development and Customer Service for the Integrated Science Program. He also served as Director of Special Services and Events which was responsible for events related to fundraising and the president’s office. If that wasn’t enough, he was also the Advisor and Sponsor for Capstone Men and Women, the University’s student ambassador group. He also worked as a Systems Analyst for the Camber Corporation and for SAIC.
Tyre has been volunteering at the museum for about five months now. He enjoys being with other veterans and likes the opportunity to learn more about history at the museum. He would like to see more news media outreach and fundraising to go toward the future expansion of the museum. He would also like to see the museum obtain a M60A3 Tank and a M113 Armored Personal Carrier; he would gladly help with maintenance of these vehicles and with fundraising efforts. While Tyre thinks the community does a lot for our veterans, he thinks a lot more could be done.

Tyre holds an AS in General Science from the Marion Military Institute; a BS in Psychology, with a Minor in Chemistry from the University of Alabama; and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. He has been married to the lovely Susan Haglund Benefield from West Port, Connecticut for 32 years and they reside in Madison.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

11-18-2016-2-44-28-pmI really can’t believe that it is November already; as usual this has been a very busy month for the Alabama Veterans Museum! As this is the month for thankfulness, I wanted to take this time to say “Thank You” to each and every one of you for your support this year. Without the support of the Limestone County Commission, the City of Athens, the Limestone County Delegation, and of course the community, we could not do what we do to honor our veterans.

I would like to thank my wonderful volunteers; the museum really could not function without them. I hesitate to list them because I am afraid I will leave someone out, but here goes; our faithful volunteers are: Ed Adams, Jerry Barksdale, Johnny Beck, Tyre Benefield, Price Boyd, Anne Crutcher, Mike Criscillis, Yvonne Dempsey, Ralph Green, Anthony Lindner, Sal Ragona, Bill Scheuler, Ewell Smith, Julia Smith, and Jim Watson. We have a sign in our breakroom that I read daily which says “Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” No statement could be truer! If you would like to join this awesome team, come on down to the museum because we are always looking for new volunteers.

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I would also like to thank Steve Hornberger, who takes care of the office, Teddy Dutton and Ron Thrift, who take care of the building and our visitors. These guys always go the extra mile for me, whether it be getting here at “0 dark thirty” the first Saturday of every month for Coffee Call or setting up for an Elvis show, they work tirelessly. Thank you to our sponsors for Coffee Call; we literally could not do it without them each month.

And last, but certainly not least I want to say a big “Thank you” to my Board of Directors. I would like to give a special shout out to our board president, Jerry Crabtree. I always know I can count on Jerry for support! No matter what crazy event we come up with, he is always there to do the introduction and to work to ensure it is a success! I could not do what I do without the support of each and every one of you!

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Now, a little bit about who we are and why we do what we do every day. The vision of the Alabama Veterans Museum is to keep our military history alive for the education and enjoyment of the public. What makes our museum different and unique is that everything we have has been donated and each piece has a story behind it. We have artifacts from the Revolutionary War until present day. Most of our tour guides are veterans so you get the stories from the people who were actually living it.

The role of our museum is not only to entertain, but to educate. Last year we had over 10,000 visitors, over half of them children. We want to convey the incredible sacrifices and intensity of a world at war. Everyone should learn that our freedom is not free… it was bought by men and women, many of whom paid the supreme sacrifice. Throughout history and even today, ordinary individuals have given their life for this country; we owe these individuals a debt that can never be repaid.
“Thank you for your service.”
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

Elvis Is Coming To Town

10-21-2016-2-14-01-pmOK, Ladies (and Gentlemen!) Get ready…Elvis is coming to town! Join us on Nov 12 at 6:00pm for Michael Dean and Memphis! This show, benefitting the Alabama Veterans Museum in honor of Veterans Day, will be held at the Limestone County Senior Center at 912 W. Pryor Street in Athens.

Michael Dean started out at a young age singing back-up harmony for his family’s gospel group. At a party in 1989, someone mentioned he sounded like Elvis; so he had a few cheap suits made, won a few contests, and as they say, the rest is history. Michael considers himself a tribute artist instead of an impersonator; he feels Elvis is truly one of a kind, and pays tribute to “The King” with every show. Unlike other tribute artists, Michael Dean does not lip sync the words to prerecorded sound tracks. Michael Dean and Memphis put on a live performance every time. One must pay attention to all aspects of the show, including the detailed elaborate costumes, the movements, and of course his voice to truly appreciate the show. Michael has played in Branson as well as performed with Percy Sledge, The Platters, The Stamps Quartet and many other great entertainers.

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What started out as Michael’s wife Gayle and one other singer providing backup for his “Tribute to Elvis” show in 1998, has now turned into a full back-up group. In addition to Gayle Dean Root, the group includes Michele Bradford, Van Stisher and Doug “J.D.” Moss, all on vocals. Dennis Thrasher is the Sound Technician and Ricky Bartlett does the lighting. A night with Memphis can include Gayle Dean performing hits from stars such as Patsy Cline, Connie Francis or Brenda Lee, while Michele’s taste leans towards Reba McEntire and Martina McBride. Van brings classic country with hits from Linda Ronstadt, Loretta Lynn and Tanya Tucker. The bass singer in the group, J.D., brings tunes from Jim Reeves and Brooks Benton, while Michael performs hits from The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Jimmy Buffet, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley. With such a wide variety of talent, they can provide a concert style show or a more laid back atmosphere for dances and special events.

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Elvis Aaron Presley, who was born on January 8, 1935, went from a small-town boy in Tupelo, MS to a music legend whose impact has carried on long after his death. Elvis was also a veteran. He was drafted on January 8, 1957 and went to Ft. Hood for Basic Training; there he was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division’s “Hell on Wheels” unit. Later, Elvis was assigned to the 3rd Armored “Spearhead” Division and stationed in Germany. Elvis was promoted to E-5 in 1960 and after finishing his assignment in Germany in March of that year, he was honorably discharged from active duty on March 5, 1960. Elvis was afraid that his time in the military would have a negative effect on his music career, but as we all know, he need not have worried because he is still the “King of Rock & Roll!”

Contact the Veterans Museum at 256-771-7578 for tickets which are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door! Tickets are limited, get yours today!
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veteran’s Museum

9-16-2016-9-24-35-amI am sure that when Billy Duncan started “Coffee Call” he never imagined it would turn into one of the best events the museum would host. I think sometimes because we are so close to it we forget what a special gathering it truly is. I guess it takes an outsider’s point of view to bring it back home. The museum received this very special letter last week pertaining to coffee call, it was so touching that I just had to share it with everyone. Thank you all for your continued support of the museum and for your outstanding support of our monthly Coffee Call because we could not do it without our sponsors and all of the awesome people that attend monthly! Here is the letter in its entirety.

Several weeks ago my old friend and fellow worker in the military forces extended me an invitation to attend “Coffee Call”. Retired Alabama State CSM Cecil D. Monk and I have known each other since He was a Sergeant First Class and I was a Private in 1967. I went to work for Him in the COMMO Section of the HHC 1343d Engineer Battalion (Cbt), later in the S3, and finally in the Maintenance Section of the same unit.

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Coffee Call is held the first Saturday of each month at the Veterans Museum in Athens, Alabama. It is sponsored by individuals and groups of the community to honor individuals who have been members of the United States Armed Forces. The event includes breakfast served “chow Line” style; the entire community is invited to attend, no charge, donations appreciated. Until CSM Monk mentioned it I wasn’t aware such an event takes place. I accepted the invitation. This month’s Coffee Call was sponsored by Kristi Valls and CSM Monk.

While I have not attended a Coffee Call I have visited the museum. It is a wonderful place, filled with hundreds if not thousands of items used by our Armed Forces Members over the last century. It is also a place dedicated to the members of the community and our nation who worked as members of our Armed Forces. Many of whom have labored so long and hard that we enjoy the freedom and liberty of this great country.

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For a small town such as Athens on a holiday weekend the event was well attended. There were 130+ folks joining in fellowship and remembrance. A son of my father’s first cousin who is lifelong resident of Athens, Jerry Crabtree, is President of the Museum and brought the Call to Order. As the National Anthem played Jerry lead us in the presentation of the Flag. After the Anthem finished, Taps was played to honor our deceased comrades. Then Jerry invited the Chaplin to offer prayer which He did. Jerry then announced it time to “fall in” to the chow line and enjoy a breakfast of sausage, biscuits, gravy, grits, assorted sweet rolls, OJ, and of course coffee. The meal was tasty, and the fellowship of seeing old friends was very nice.

It was a very humbling experience to rise, come to attention and render a hand salute as the Anthem played and the Flag was presented, Taps honored our recent and long dead comrades to whom we owe such a debt of gratitude. What an honor to stand among men and women of all stripes and pay homage, honor, and respect to our country and each other. I looked out over that crowed and saw people of our community who get up every morning, go to work, contribute to improve and sustain their community, set positive moral examples for our youth, love and care for their parents, wives, husbands, children, and the way of life we enjoy. Many of whom have done so by membership in our Nations Armed Forces. Yes, that group was just a small slice of Americana: just plain, old, ordinary, everyday, garden variety Americans. So, what is so special about them? EVERYTHING!

Thank you again, and please join us the first Saturday of each month for a little food and lots of fellowship!
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

8-19-2016 8-58-45 AMAs many of you are well aware, the misspelling of Vietnam on the Monument has been a source of contention for some time now, however thanks to our generous community this will soon be remedied. This time we want to make sure that it is correct, I have been doing some research and have put together a list of names that either are on the monument and should not be, are not on the monument but really should be, and a couple I am still trying to find information about. The following is what I have put together from several different sources, if you have any information about the following individuals it would be greatly appreciated, we just want to make sure we honor our heroes properly.

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Once again, if you have information on any of the individuals above that could help, it would be appreciated. If you know of anyone who is not listed here but should be, please let me know that also. Contact me at the Veteran’s Museum, 256-771-7578.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

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7-16-2016 9-49-57 AM“Honoring our fallen heroes, that’s what it is all about.” That was the answer I received when I asked Bobby (Skip) Ferguson why he wanted to put two monuments on the Courthouse Square to show the names of three local heroes who were killed while serving our country. Although all three are together in a display at the Alabama Veterans Museum, we need to do more to publicly honor them. We already have monuments and statues honoring our troops back to the Civil War, and I think it is time we honor this generation. The three individuals are U.S. Marine Capt William E. Winters, Marine Cpl Adam Loggins, and Army PFC Ricky Turner.

In what was the deadliest attack against the U.S. Marines since the battle of Iwo Jima, U.S. Marine Capt William E. Winters made the ultimate sacrifice. While on a “peace keeping mission” in Beirut, Lebanon, Capt Winters was among the 241 American troops who lost their life that day. At 6:22 am on October 23, 1983, a truck carrying 2000 pounds of explosives drove into the Marine compound in Beirut, Lebanon, and crashed into the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regimental Battalion Landing Team barracks. The bombing was traced to Hezbollah, a militant and political group that originated in Lebanon in 1982. The FBI called it the largest non-nuclear bomb in history. Capt Winter was posthumously promoted to Major. “We must keep their memories alive. These men made a great sacrifice for peace, but so did their families,” said his daughter Amanda Moore.

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U.S. Marine Lance Cpl Adam Loggins wanted to look back at his life and feel like he had done something. He always wanted to join the Marines; although his family tried to talk him out of it, after 9/11 there was no stopping him. Adam was killed by sniper fire on April 26, 2007, while conducting combat operations in the Anbar province of Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Army PFC Ricky L. Turner died January 16, 2009, while serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. PFC Turner was in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol unit; he died of wounds sustained during this attack. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. “Ricky wanted to join the military and stand up for his country, and he died doing what he wanted to do,” said his father, James Lee Turner.

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Maj Winter will be on one monument titled, “Beirut, Lebanon.” Cpl Loggins and PFC Turner will share the other one, which will be named “Iraq/Afghanistan.” We pray that we never have to add another name on the monument; however, we need to leave some additional space because the war in the Middle East is not over.

Donations to help fund this project may be made by contacting Skip Ferguson at 256-529-5907 or email fergskip@mediacombb.com. Donations can also be made to the Kenny Black Detachment of the Marine Corps League at PO Box 1216, Athens AL 35612, and at the Alabama Veterans Museum. Please denote “Monument Fund” on the donation. Look for future fundraisers to raise the monies to fund this project. The cost is estimated to be $800-1,000.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

6-18-2016 10-52-38 AMIt has been said that “imitation is the highest form of flattery.” If that is the case, a few weeks ago the museum was paid one of the highest compliments to date. Our Board of Directors President, his wife Michaela, my son Drew, and I attended the first Veterans’ Appreciation breakfast in Clinton, TN. This breakfast was modeled after our monthly Coffee Call.

One of our regular guests at Coffee Call is veteran Bill Ward. Over the years when his parents’ visits coincided with the Veterans’ Breakfast, he would bring his dad. He was so impressed with the breakfast and the museum, that he wanted one in Clinton, Tennessee, (Anderson County) where he lives. After several years of trying and running into dead ends, he convinced the County Mayor Terry Frank, (head of the county government), and the Veterans Affairs officer Leon Jaquet, to come to Athens and look at our museum. Of course the trip was arranged to coincide with the monthly coffee call. Terry Frank was so impressed that she immediately said that she wanted to do a breakfast in Anderson County. Terry has worked diligently to get this off of the ground. The first breakfast, which was held on May 14th, was a huge success, with approximately 100 attending. Terry and her husband sponsored the first breakfast and sponsors for the next four months are already lined up. The town of Clinton is providing the facility for the breakfast.

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As Terry stated to Bill, “Your dad’s hope of a museum and monthly breakfast for Veterans in Anderson County is off to a good start!” She is doing everything in her power to make a museum a reality. Bill Ward, Sr. grew up in the panhandle of Florida. He entered the Navy at the age of seventeen and celebrated his eighteenth birthday in basic training. He was assigned to the destroyer O’Brien, (DD-415) which left the Atlantic fleet to transfer to the Pacific fleet in November 1941. They arrived at Pearl Harbor on the evening of Dec 6, 1941 (great timing). Besides surviving the Pearl Harbor attack, his ship was involved in the Battle of the Coral Seas, Battle of Midway, and the Battle of the Solomon Seas. During the Solomon Seas battle, they took a torpedo that blew off the bow. They went to Espiritu Santo for temporary repairs, proceeded to Noumea for further repairs, and were cleared to return to the west coast for permanent repairs. The damage suffered in the torpedo attack was more severe than previously thought; it broke in two, and sank off of Samoa. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received during a Japanese air attack. He was on an antiaircraft gun which was hit with several killed and the rest wounded. His rank at time of separation was Boatswain Mate 2nd class (BM2C.)

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Bill Ward, Jr. grew up in Anderson county Tennessee and entered the Air Force Sep 29, 1966 at the age of seventeen, and also celebrated his eighteenth birthday in basic training. During his career, he worked as ground radio repair, aircraft maintenance control, aircraft scheduler, software development for Maintenance Management Information Control System (MMICS), quality control instructor for cargo prep for airlift, hazardous cargo trainer, NATO driver instructor, Forward Air controller, (both airborne and ground), night director of Air Support Operations Center (ASOC), and first sergeant. He traveled to all of 50 states, as well as 105 foreign countries, and retired as a MSgt. Wow!!!

Bill Ward, Sr. told a story that really hit home while we were visiting him in Clinton. Seems there was a very old man building a bridge across a river, a stranger came up to him and asked “Old man, why are you worrying about building that bridge? By the time you finish you will be too old to use it.” The wise old man replied, “Yes, but I hear footsteps behind me!”
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

5-20-2016 11-43-59 AMI have never understood why anyone would say “Happy Memorial Day.” To me, there is nothing at all “happy” about our men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Hard to believe the year has gone by, and it is time once again to honor our fallen at our annual Memorial Day “Laying Of The Wreath” ceremony.

This year’s special guest speaker will be Lieutenant General David L. Mann, Commanding General USASMDC/ARSTRAT. LTG David L. Mann assumed command of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense in August 2013.

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He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Gettysburg College after graduating from Millersville University in 1981. He has served in a variety of command and staff assignments, both in the continental United States and overseas. Most recently, he served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, KY. Before that he served as the Commanding General, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, a theater-level air and missile defense (AMD) organization responsible for executing global operations in support of the Combatant Commands (COCOMs). Additional command assignments include: Battalion Commander, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY., where elements of the battalion deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian; Brigade Commander, 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps where he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; and as the Commanding General, White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

Previous staff assignments include: Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, GA.; Battalion Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery (BSFV/Stinger), 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) where he deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of Joint Task Force 160; Operations Research and Systems Analysis Officer, Directorate of Program Analysis and Evaluation, Pentagon; Aide-de-Camp to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army; Senior Planner with duty on the Operation Enduring Freedom Current Operations Team, the Joint Staff following the events of 9-11; Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Defense Artillery Center, Fort Bliss, TX.; and as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, KY.
LTG Mann holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from George Washington University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit (three oak leaf clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (oak leaf cluster), Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Recruiter Badge, and the Joint and Army Staff Identification Badges.

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Our program will be held on Monday, May 30th at 11AM at the Limestone County Event Center. This year in addition to our ceremony, we will be providing lunch to our veterans and an opportunity for each of our service organizations to tell everyone what their organization is all about. We sincerely hope you will join us.
For further information call 256-771-7578.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum