Veterans Day 2014 at UNCG

Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by Michael Tarrant under Updates.

Event Schedule

11/11/14: Roll Call and Remembrance Ceremony

Approximately 34,000 veterans live in Guilford County. At UNCG alone, nearly 500 students are currently receiving GI Bill benefits, and countless more veterans are serving as members of our faculty and staff. UNCG is hosting several events to honor Veterans Day and recognize all who have served and are serving, as well as the fallen.

On Tuesday, November 11th, UNCG’s annual Roll Call & Remembrance Ceremony will commence at 6 a.m. at the Field of Honor, an installation on Kaplan Commons in which each flag represents a life lost in the combat actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. UNCG’s event is held in conjunction with the National Remembrance Day Roll Call – a synchronized reading of the names of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom casualties with participating schools from across the nation. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Kaplan Commons

6:00 a.m.

Reading of the National Roll Call begins

1:30 p.m.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Welcome: Mr. Chen-Yang Liu, Vice President of the UNCG Student Veterans Association

Campus Remembrance: Dr. Cherry Callahan, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Guest Speaker: Mr. Jim Hoffman, Founding Board Member for the West Point Society of the Piedmont

2:00 p.m. – National Minute of Silence

2:01 p.m. – Taps, United States Army Bugler

Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of the UNCG Veterans Resource Center 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Spring Garden Apartments (2nd Floor above the Spartan Trader) 1540 Spring Garden St., Greensboro, NC 27412

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dedication Ceremony

Welcome: Chen-Yang Liu, UNCG Chapter of the Student Veterans Association (SVA) Vice President

Greetings on behalf of UNCG: Chancellor Linda Brady

Remarks from Guest Speaker: Brigadier General Ted Crichton

Ringing of the University Bell

Ribbon Cutting and photo

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Open House & Refreshments 

Our Veterans Day program is open to all UNCG faculty, staff, and students and we invite members of the public to attend as well. For more information contact, Nikki Baker, Assistant for Strategic Initiatives, at 336/ 509-7336 or by email nikki.baker@uncg.edu.  For more information on the Veterans Resource Center or Veterans Services at UNCG please visit: http://newsandfeatures.uncg.edu/veterans-uncg-4/ 

 Information about Mr. Jim Hoffman

Jim Hoffman is an attorney with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, following 10 years of prior service as in-house counsel at Lincoln Financial Group. Mr. Hoffman earned a J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary and a B.S. in Engineering from the United State Military Academy at West Point. A former U.S. Army officer and Airborne Ranger, his military career spanned a variety of functions, including responsibility for commanding several combat-ready cavalry platoons and training and managing an elite 50-member unit. He was selected as Assistant Operations Officer to conduct joint operations in the European Theater and appointed Squadron Adjutant, serving as primary staff officer for all financial, administrative, personnel and legal action for a 934-member Army unit.

Mr. Hoffman continues to support those who have served, most recently by founding a non-profit called “Heroes for America” dedicated to assisting veterans in finding jobs, housing education and other benefits. Our community is also grateful for his local contributions through service on the Board of Downtown Greensboro, Inc. and as a Member of the Executive Committee for the UNCG Spartan Club.

Information about Mr. Chen-Yang Liu

Specialist Chen-yang Liu enlisted in the Army Reserve in March of 2012 as a Combat Photographer. He attended Basic Combat Training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Advanced Individual Training at the Defense Information School in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. He is currently stationed at the 982nd Combat Camera Company (Airborne) in Wilson, North Carolina. Chen is a sophomore undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in Media Studies and will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in the Fall of 2016. He is the current Vice President of the UNCG Student Veteran’s Association.

 Information about Brigadier General Ted Crichton

Brigadier General Theodore P. Crichton began his military career in 1945 as an enlisted man performing duties as an aircraft mechanic before receiving his appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1946. After graduating from West Point in 1950, he entered the United States Air Force, attended pilot training, and received his pilot wings in 1951. Early in his career, he flew tactical bombers beginning with the B-25 and B-26 piston engine designs of WWII transitioning later to the first operational jet bomber, the B-45. He later served as a test engineer and engineering manager in Fort Worth, Texas during the development and test of the B-58 supersonic bomber, and flew combat missions in Southeast Asia in the C-130.

After completing 35 years of military service, he retired from active duty in 1980 having served in 21 separate military assignments in 12 states and 3 foreign countries. Ted Crichton is rated as a Command Pilot with more than 6,000 flying hours. He completed 100 combat missions and flew a total of more than 200 combat hours in Southeast Asia. His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, The Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

He holds a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, attended the National War College, Fort L. J. McNair, Washington, DC, and served with the Headquarters, USAF in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research and Development at The Pentagon, Washington, D. C. “General Ted”, as he is affectionately called at UNCG, has been actively engaged with student veterans on campus and is an avid supporter of programming that helps veterans transition from the military to maximize their unique experience and skills into civilian life.