Rear Admiral Rich to speak at dedication ceremony

by | October 29, 2013 2:55 pm

 The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 103, along with the city of Swainsboro, will hold a dedication ceremony on November 11, 2013 for the Veterans Memorial Wall at Pine Brook Park in Swainsboro. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. Pine Brook Park is located on Hwy 80 west at the intersection with Hwy 57. 

   Speaker for the event will be Rear Admiral (Ret.) Roger L. Rich. A native of Swainsboro, Rear Admiral Rich attended Swainsboro High School. After graduation from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree in industrial managment, he entered the U.S. Navy. During this time, Rich also earned an MBA from Auburn University and degrees from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School., the U.S. Air Force Command and Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

   As a test pilot, Rich flew more than 100 different types of aircraft. Other notable positions on his impressive resumé include his serving as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Helicopter Anti-Sub Squadron Four, embarked on USS Kitty Hawk; Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Jacksonville; Chief of Staff Commander, Sea-Based Anti-Submarine Warfare Wings; Commander, Anti-Submarine Warfare Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Director of Naval Communications.

   The Veterans Memorial Wall honors all fallen soldiers who were killed in action. The wall will be four granite markers listing all of the United States wars and the Emanuel Countians who gave their lives in service to their country. Each soldier’s name will be listed under the war in which he or she fought. A center marker will be placed, listing major sponsors of the project. The SAL #103 would also like to include all veterans by honoring them with installed pavers. The pavers will be installed around the American flag, which will fly in the center of the display. For more information about purchasing a paver, please contact SAL Commander Henry Thompson at 478-331-0320 or Adjutant Al Lawson at 478-237-7025. All donations and contributions for the Veterans Memorial Wall or the purchase of pavers are tax deductible.

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