Events planned at Tarleton to observe Veterans Day
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The purple and white will honor the red, white and blue as Tarleton State University hosts several military-related events leading up to Veterans Day, including the Texans’ football season finale, which will serve as a Military Appreciation.
Three military veterans of the 1991 Operation Desert Storm will share their memories of the war with the public at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The event will take place in room 113 in the Autry Agriculture Building Auditorium on the Stephenville campus. The three veterans scheduled to speak are retired U.S. Army Master Sgt. Glen “Butch” Collier, who now works at Fort Hood; retired Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Hixon, who is a senior military science instructor for Tarleton’s ROTC department in Killeen; and retired Staff Sgt. Joe Massey, a Tarleton State University student.
Tarleton history professor Dr. T. Lindsay Baker will serve as host and moderator. The program is open at no cost to students, faculty, staff and members of the community, and will be broadcast live on KURT 100.7 FM Tarleton Student Radio.
Tarleton has dedicated its last football game of the season, Nov. 10 against Angelo State, to veterans and current service members. The Tarleton ROTC Texan Battalion will participate in the pre-game festivities and has organized several military-themed events as part of the Texan Alley tailgate party.
Prior to kick off, several static displays of military equipment from Fort Hood will be on hand, including an Army Reserve H3 Hummer and other military trucks. The U.S. National Guard’s Orange County Chopper will also be on display, and freebies including T-shirts, mini footballs and other items will be handed out during the event.
As part of the military tribute, the Texans will take the field wearing new camouflage jerseys featuring the words “Duty,” “Honor,” and “Courage” in place of the players’ names. The contest will also feature a special halftime performance of Tarleton’s marching band, The Sound and The Fury, which will provide a salute to veterans and all branches of the military.
Several units from Fort Hood are scheduled to attend the game, along with military personnel from Fort Worth Naval Air Station. Current and former military personnel and their immediate families will receive free admission with a valid military ID.
On Sunday, Nov. 11, the Tarleton Wind Ensemble will present a multimedia concert to honor military personnel at 3 p.m. in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
General admission is $5 or free with a valid Tarleton ID. Additionally, all military personnel in uniform or with a military ID (retired or active) are also admitted free.
Opening the concert will be John Williams’ rousing fanfare written for the 100th birthday of the Statue of Liberty titled Liberty Fanfare. Rounding out the first half of the program, the Wind Ensemble will perform Karel Husa’s 1969 Pulitzer Prize winning composition, Music for Prague.
The second half of the concert features the Wind Ensemble and the Tarleton Chamber Choir as they combine to pay tribute to all men and women who have served and who are currently serving our country in a celebration titled, An Armed Forces Salute.
Familiar musical works will be heard and accompanied by a multimedia presentation, including: Amazing Grace, America the Beautiful, Battle Hymn of the Republic and The Stars and Stripes Forever. Special guests include guest conductor and Director of Choirs Dr. Troy Robertson; Assistant Professor of Voice Dr. Iwao Asakura; and the voice of Sinatraville, Carry Richards. Mayor Kenny Weldon of Stephenville will lead the Wind Ensemble in an energetic march titled Strategic Air Command by J. Clifton Williams.
On Monday, Nov. 12, Tarleton will host the Fall 2012 Distinguished Alumni Lectures, which allows outstanding former students to share real world experiences, practices and possibilities with current students. Ben Baty and Gen. (Ret.) Chris Adams will give lectures to select student groups within the College of Business Administration and the university’s Military Science Department during two speaking engagements.
Baty attended Tarleton from 1948-50 before graduating from Texas A&M University in 1957. He was active in the Cadet Corps and Wainwright Rifle Precision Drill Team, and after a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, Baty enrolled at A&M and was later honored as a distinguished military student. After graduation, Baty embarked on a 38-year career with Shell Oil Company. He later retired from Shell but was appointed executive vice president of Portland, Ore.-based Hanna Sherman International, and served in that position until retirement in 2000. After moving back to Texas, he established Baty Consulting Services in 2001.
Gen. Adams received an associate of science degree from Tarleton State College in 1950 and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M Commerce) in 1952. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a major general and chief of staff for the Strategic Air Command. During his 31 years of military service, Gen. Adams logged more than 8,000 flying hours piloting various aircraft. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, commanded the Air Force’s largest strategic missile wing and an air division including a squadron of U-2 spy planes. Gen. Adams was later recruited out of the Air Force to become associate director at Los Alamos National Laboratory, before becoming vice president of government systems for Andrew Corporation, a Chicago-based telecommunications company.
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Contact: Kurt Mogonye