ChattState Luncheon Salutes Veterans

Monday, November 11, 2013 - by Betty Proctor

The Chattanooga State Veteran Affairs Office and Student Government Association hosted the annual Veteran’s Day Luncheon on Monday honoring more than 100 student, faculty and staff veterans. 

Mike Battery 3rd Battalion 14 Marines presented colors followed by the National Anthem sung by the Chattanooga State Concert Choir. A warm welcome by college president Dr. James L. Catanzaro preceded words of encouragement by veteran Sgt. Stephen Smitley. 

Special guest speaker was First Sergeant (R) Tim McGhee. Mr. McGhee came to Chattanooga State after serving 21 years in the United States Army and currently serves as dean of Engineering Technology at Chattanooga State. 

For more information about opportunities to student veterans wishing to begin or continue their education, please contact the Chattanooga State Veteran Affairs Office at 697-2509. Registration for spring 2014 is now in progress - please visit www.chattanoogastate.edu.


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