Hillcrest High School Army JROTC swept the 4th Annual Tuscaloosa Marines Memorial 5K Run held on February 18, by winning seven medals.

Tuscaloosa resident and Wells Fargo team member Devon Averett received the Patriot Employer Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Nicolas Britto presented the award to Averett during a ceremony held on Jan. 31.

More than 250 people attended a luncheon honoring retired Army Captain Gary M. Rose, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, on Dec. 4, at the Tuscaloosa River Market. The luncheon was sponsored by the Association of the United States Army, West/Central Alabama Chapter.

Veterans Memorial Park will be filled with veterans and their families for the annual Veterans Day program on Saturday, Nov. 11. The program, which begins at 10 a.m., is free and open to the public and all branches of the military. 

Stillman College in Tuscaloosa celebrated the grand opening of its Veterans Resource Center on Thursday, Aug. 24. The new center, under the leadership of director Marilyn Hill, will provide a variety of services to Stillman’s student veterans, including academic advising and referrals.  

The Alabama Veteran’s Reunion will take place on Aug. 26. This is the fourth year for the event, which honors all of Alabama’s veteran service members – and their families – with a day dedicated to them.  

According to Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports’ Director of Tourism Development Bill Buchanan, the Veterans Reunion honors every hero in the state of Alabama – and more. 

Habitat for Humanity will host its Vets for Vets event on Friday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Hotel Capstone ballroom. The event is dedicated to Tuscaloosa’s local veterans who set aside their free time to assist with their fellow veterans’ home repairs. 

Governor Kay Ivey has appointed Major General Sheryl Gordon as Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard, upon the retirement of major General Perry Smith.

“General Sheryl Gordon is a trailblazer and visionary leader,” Governor Ivey said. “She has had a distinguished military career spanning 33 years. I look forward to serving alongside her as she leads our National Guard troops in Alabama.”

Hillcrest High School student Jacob Fitzpatrick recently received a special honor. The Army Junior ROTC Cadet was presented with the Scottish Rite Certificate of Appreciation by retired Alabama National Guard Master Sergeant Ron Anders during Hillcrest’s awards ceremony.

Cadet Fitzpatrick was recognized for scholastic excellence and demonstrated Americanism in supporting the United States as a member of the Army Junior ROTC program. Anders is Past Grand Master of the Alabama Grand Lodge.

The West/Central Alabama Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) has given University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences Dean Dr. Mark Nelson with a special honor. Nelson was given a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his extraordinary support of those serving in the military.

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