RAHALL, TACKETT PART OF CONCORD UNIVERSITY’S VETERANS APPRECIATION CEREMONY
ATHENS, W.Va. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (W.Va.) is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for a Veterans Appreciation Ceremony at Concord University Wednesday, Nov. 9. On behalf of Concord’s Veterans Committee, Rahall will present the Veterans Advocate of the Year Award to Major General Allen E. Tackett, Retired WV National Guard.
The program will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Marsh Hall. The community is invited to attend.
A leader in offering a veteran-friendly campus, Concord University has been ranked the nation’s No. 1 four-year college for veterans by Military Times Edge magazine. The publication released the report Oct. 31. The “Best for Vets: Colleges 2011” list is based on criteria including academic accreditation, central veterans offices and staff knowledgeable on veterans issues.
Tackett was appointed the Adjutant General for the West Virginia National Guard on Sept. 11, 1995. As the Adjutant General, State of West Virginia, he provided command guidance and vision to the West Virginia Army and Air National Guard with more than 6000 citizen soldiers and airmen. Upon his retirement in January 2011, he was the longest-serving adjutant general in the history of West Virginia and the nation.
He began his military career in the West Virginia Army National Guard as a Private with the 16th Special Forces Group on Jan. 20, 1963 and attended Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Infantry on June 27, 1967. He served with the Special Forces for 25 years culminating with his tour as the Battalion Commander, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
Tackett has received numerous medals and honors including the Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster). In May 1991 he was named to the Fort Benning Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.
Representing the Third Congressional District of West Virginia, Rahall is currently serving his 18th term in Congress and is the Dean of the West Virginia Congressional Delegation. He is the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the 112th Congress, and formerly served as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.
Concord will also participate in the Remembrance Day National Roll Call on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. The nationwide grass-roots effort honors American service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade and follows the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy.
Members of the Concord community will join volunteers at more than 100 colleges and universities across the nation in reading the names of the 6,200-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF), now called Operation New Dawn.
Reading of the names on each campus will take nearly eight hours to complete as readers announce the names in chronological order. Concord’s reading will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gazebo near the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center. A simultaneous nationwide moment of silence will be observed by all schools at 11 a.m. P.S.T. (2 p.m. at Concord). Organizers of the event hope to have students from at least one school in every state participate.
For more information on these events or the veterans program at Concord University, contact Veterans Coordinator Lisa Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-304-384-5339 or 1-888-384-VETS (8387).
Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086 if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.
PHOTOS OF RAHALL AND TACKETT ARE BELOW:
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (W.Va.)
Major General Allen E. Tackett, Retired WV National Guard