Luncheon to Honor Armed Services Veterans

Posted: November 11, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski and Daniel Walsch

George Mason University will tip its hat to veterans with a special luncheon on Friday, Nov. 11, for all students, staff and faculty who either have or are serving in the armed services.

More than 150 men and women are expected to participate in this event, which will feature Mason alumnus Capt. Bryan Mills, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, as a keynote speaker. George Mason President Alan Merten and his wife, Sally Merten, who herself is an Air Force veteran, will also speak at the event.

The luncheon begins at noon and is being held at the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus.

Capt. Mills enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1993 as an all source intelligence analyst. After serving five years of active and reserve duty, Mills graduated from George Mason with a BA in government and politics in 1998. He was commissioned from George Mason University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) as a second lieutenant in the Transportation Corps and was assigned to Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he served in several different positions.

Mills also served in the 2-7 Cavalry Battalion S2 prior to and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s S2X in central Baghdad until March 2004. He has been awarded a Bronze Star Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, an Army Expeditionary Medal and the Iraqi Expeditionary Medal.

According to Lt. Col. Jim Overbye, professor of military science, about 100 George Mason students are currently enrolled in the ROTC program at Mason.

“We at George Mason are proud of those at the university who have made the decision to serve our country by joining the military. Theirs is a special kind of sacrifice and one that needs to be recognized and honored,” says President Merten.

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