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.

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.

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