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News Release

John Tyler Community College to Honor Veterans and Members of the Military

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager
804-594-1530
hwalker@jtcc.edu

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager
804-594-1532
hbusch@jtcc.edu

Released on October 29, 2013

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – The community is invited to join John Tyler Community College’s faculty, staff and students as they honor past and present members of the armed services during the College’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on November 11, 2013. The ceremony will be held in Hamel Hall, room H109 on the College’s Midlothian Campus, located at 800 Charter Colony Parkway. It will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Admission is free.

Maj. Michael Booker, Deputy Commander, 34th Civil Support Team (WMD), Virginia Army National Guard, will deliver the keynote address, "Empathy and the American Veteran." Prior to his current assignment, Maj. Booker served as the Brigade S1 for the 91st Troop Command.  He has also served as the Aide-de-camp and Executive Officer for the Adjutant General of Virginia; Officer Candidate School Training and TAC Officer at the Virginia Officer Candidate School; and Commander of both the 183rd Regional Training Institute Detachment and Alpha Battery, 1st 246th Field Artillery Battalion.  He has served as a Battalion S1 at two separate battalions in Virginia and has served in various other commissioned and enlisted positions. In 2008-2009, Maj. Booker was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Brigade Executive Officer of an Embedded Training Team in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was awarded the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star.  He was also deployed to Aberdeen Proving Grounds in 2002 in support of Operation Noble Eagle.

The ceremony also will include recognition of Tyler’s faculty, staff and student veterans; a memorial tree planting; and a preview of the documentary, “Honor Flight,” the story of four living World War II veterans and how their Midwestern community came together to give them the trip of a lifetime. For those interested in seeing the film in its entirety, it will be shown that evening at 7:00 p.m., in Hamel Hall, room H109.

For more information about John Tyler Community College’s Veterans Day Ceremony, contact Lisa Kendrick at lkendrick@jtcc.edu or 804-594-1527.

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,000 students during the 2012-13 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, seven certificates, and 34 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,200 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for Hamel Hall on its Midlothian Campus, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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