Panel discussion and campus events to honor veterans

Saint Joseph’s College will honor veterans from all branches of the U.S. military on Veterans Day, November 11, with a full day of events including an ecumenical service, a flagpole ceremony and a panel discussion led by visiting veterans. The events are free and open to the public.

The 11 a.m. ecumenical service will be held in Xavier Hall, and the flagpole ceremony will be held at noon in front of Xavier Hall.

Beginning at 1 p.m. on the first floor of Xavier Hall, visiting veterans will participate in a panel discussion about their varied experiences as veterans. The panelists are:

– Tim Bailey ’84, senior intelligence officer with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis, has over 31 years of military service with the U.S. Marine Corps, 13 years of active duty and 18 years as a reservist. He attained his present rank of colonel in 2006. He currently serves as a staff officer assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Insider Threat Working Group. His years of service include many diverse roles, including supervising an intelligence unit comprised of 100 U.S. and allied military personnel in support of combat operations in Afghanistan in 2003.

– Debbie Kelly, the Maine director for the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, is a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as a Medical Service Corps officer in both stateside and overseas duty. Following her tour overseas, she was assigned to the Naval Branch Health Clinic, Naval Air Station Brunswick.

– Bill Kenny, an international business consultant, is a retired career Air Force officer. The last five of his 22 years of service were in the role of Command, Control, Communication and Intelligence Countermeasures officer in support of the National Intelligence Community, and as a special operations officer in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also served as operations officer for White House communications. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, eight Air Force Commendation Medals and two Achievement Medals.

– Joanne McMahon, an occupational health clinical instructor for the CAN and Diversified Health Program at Region 10 Vocational School in Brunswick, Maine, is a retired Navy Nurse Corps officer. She began her service in 1983 after receiving her BSN in nursing from Salve Regina University. Her service included being a staff nurse and a charge nurse, and she retired from Brunswick Naval Air Station as clinic manager of the Acute Care Clinic. She is the co-chair of Veterans No Boundaries, a program of Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation, providing adaptive recreational opportunities to disabled veterans and their families free of charge.

– Stephen Prescott, chaplain with the 368th Engineer Battalion out of Londonderry, N.H., has served in the military for 11 years, first as a carpentry/masonry specialists where he was deployed to Iraq for 15 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, then as a chaplain assistant and now as chaplain candidate. He is a soldier in the U.S. Army Reserves.

– Steven Wallace, president and executive director of the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber of Commerce, is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served in many different capacities, including helicopter aerial gunner, CH-53 Sea Stallion crew chief, instructor, inspector and personnel officer. His tours of duty included seven major deployments, three of which were combat tours. His personal awards include the Combat Aircrew Insignia with a bronze star, Aircrew Insignia, Meritorious Service Medal with a gold star, Air Medal with Strike/Flight Numeral One, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and Navy Achievement Medal with three gold stars. He also served in units that received over 20 additional citations, including the Presidential Unit Citation for the initial phases of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

For more information on the events, contact Jennifer Brayall at 207-893-7816 or jbrayall@sjcme.edu.

November 4, 2013
Contact: David Svenson at 207-893-7723 · dsvenson@sjcme.edu