Vincennes University holding Veterans Day event Nov. 5 - External Relations
Vincennes University holding Veterans Day event Nov. 5
October 28, 2019 / Vincennes University holding Veterans Day event
VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University invites the public to the
Tribute to Veterans on Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Red Skelton Performing
The Veterans Day program will feature several speakers, military
organizations, singers, and video presentations. VU alumnus and
retired Army Lt. Col. Shawn Gardner is the speaker.
Vincennes Lincoln High School JROTC will post and retire the colors
as well as recognize veterans. Lincoln High School student Isabella
Meyer and the Civitan Children’s Center will perform musical
selections. Christian Campus Fellowship Administrative Director Scott
Shipman will offer the invocation and benediction. Alex Sievers,
director of the VU Military Education Program, is the master of ceremonies.
A 21-Gun Salute will be presented at the conclusion of the program by
the All-Weather Firing Squad.
A reception will follow.
The Tribute to Veterans is sponsored annually by the VU Support Staff
Council. VU faculty and students will perform music prior to and after
ABOUT SHAWN GARDNER
LTC(R) Shawn D. Gardner attended Vincennes University from 1990 to
1992. After VU, he transferred to Indiana University where he
received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in
1995. His first duty assignment was as a Rifle Platoon Leader in the
82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. LTC(R) Gardner
additionally served as a Mortar Platoon Leader in the 82d. While
stationed at Fort Bragg, LTC Gardner was assigned as the Service
Detachment Commander for 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
LTC Gardner was assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
in 2000 with whom he was mobilized for Operation Enduring Freedom in
2001. LTC Gardner followed up his initial tour in Afghanistan as the
Commander of 151st Infantry (Long Range Surveillance) Detachment.
In 2004, LTC Gardner was assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia where he
commanded the Warrior Training Center (WTC). During his tenure at the
WTC, LTC Gardner planned, resourced, and executed the National Guard’s
first Air Assault Mobile Training Team. Additionally, he led the
Ranger Training Assessment Course (Pre-Ranger) for all National Guard
Soldiers and Airmen, Marines, and international allied forces.
In 2009, LTC Gardner served as the Operations Officer (S3) for the
1-19th Agribusiness Development Team in Khowst, Afghanistan. Upon
return from this second tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom,
LTC Gardner was assigned as the Director of Public Affairs and
Strategic Communications for the Indiana National Guard. LTC Gardner
assumed Command of the INARNG Recruiting and Retention Battalion on 1
September 2012. Subsequently, LTC Gardner served as the Director of
Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security at Camp Atterbury. He is
currently the Camp Atterbury Executive Officer.
LTC Gardner’s military education includes the Infantry Officer’s
Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Exercise Course and the
Command and General Staff College. LTC Gardner also holds a Master of
Communications in Systems Strategy and Management from Northwestern
University in Evanston, IL.
Some of his awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit,
Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with
Bronze Star, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on
Terror Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Badge,
Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, British
Parachutist Badge and Combat Service Identification Badges for the
82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division, and 1st Special
Forces Command (Airborne).
LTC Gardner is now the Executive Vice President of the Eleven Fifty
Academy, a non-profit software development and cybersecurity training
academy located in Indianapolis, IN. He resides in Greenwood, Indiana
with his wife Maxie, daughter Margo and son Charlie.
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 36 other states, and 21
other countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana
campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu
MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports
Information Director 812-888-4164 office, 314-599-1519 cell,
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