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.

Since World War II began, more than 83,000 Americans remain missing. On Friday, a special dedication was held to honor the POW/MIAs: a special Chair of Honor, located on the second floor of the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in downtown Tuscaloosa. The chair will remain perpetually empty, in memory of all Americans who have gone missing or became prisoners of war while serving their country.

Walter Turner, a Tuscaloosa resident, was recently awarded the “Patriotism Award” by Kris McBride, Third Region President, Association of the United States Army (AUSA), for his continuous support of the veterans in Tuscaloosa. Turner has held numerous positions in the Veterans of Foreign War.

Nicolas Britto, a Tuscaloosa resident,  was awarded the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Redstone-Huntsville Chapter  “2017 Third Region award for Outstanding Achievement.” The award was presented by General Carter F. Ham, USA Ret. AUSA  President and CEO, and Kris McBride, Third Region President.  The ceremony took place on Thursday, March 10, 2017 the AUSA Third Region annual meeting in Huntsville, AL.

By Delbert Reed

The Tuscaloosa Veterans Memorial Park Association has launched a drive to identify and honor former military servicemen and women from West Alabama.

“There are approximately 15,000 military veterans in our area and we hope to add names of as many of those as possible to the Honor Roll of Veterans at Veterans Memorial Park,” said Bryan Butler, chairman of the association and a Commander in the Naval Reserve.

Although only in its fourth year, the Paul W. Bryant High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) program is making a name for itself.

The program has been designated as a Naval Honor School by the Marine Corps Reserve Association. The honor means Bryant’s MCJROTC program ranks in the top 20 percent in the country, and is one of the top 10 programs in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and the Carolinas.

Tuscaloosa’s third annual Alabama Veteran’s Reunion will take place from Friday, August 26 through Saturday, August 27. 

On Friday, a public forum for MyVA Community will be held at the River Market from 4:30 to 6 p.m. followed by a reception until 8 p.m. The Veterans Appreciation Festival and Dinner will be held on Saturday. The festival will take place at the Tuscaloosa VA grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The formal dinner will take place at the NorthRiver Yacht Club starting at 5 p.m. 

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