HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 10, 2010 – As a tribute to honor the men and women who have served our country, High Point University will feature a special Veteran’s Day Celebration. The event will feature presentations by John H. Cole Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, USMC, Ret., who serves as the director of the Veterans Benefits Academy in Baltimore, and Capt. David Bain USMC, an HPU alumnus who currently serves aboard the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune.
The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, in the University Center Extraordinaire Cinema. It is not open to the public.
Lt. Col. Cole served more than 32 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in many capacities, including serving in the grade of Gunnery Sergeant with 10 years enlisted service when he was selected for Warrant Officer. He was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer, then selected for the Limited Duty Officer Program, and then served as an Unrestricted Officer for the last 14 years of his military career. He retired in 1992 as a Lieutenant Colonel, with major military awards, including the Bronze Star medal with combat “V,” Purple Heart medal, Meritorious Service medal, Joint Service Commendation medal with combat “V,” Navy Commendation medal with combat “V,” Navy Achievement medal with combat “V,” Combat Action ribbon, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry medal with silver star and bronze star, and the Navy-Marine Corp Parachutist Insignia. Cole is a combat disabled veteran due to injuries he sustained when his main parachute totally malfunctioned in DaNang, Vietnam on Oct. 17, 1967.
Using the G.I. Bill, Cole earned an associate’s degree from Northern Virginia Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from George Mason University while he was on active duty.
Capt. Bain graduated from HPU with majors in political science and philosophy. While at HPU, he was active in the Student Government Association, served as a University Ambassador, and worked as a resident director. He was commissioned in 2005 and reported to The Basic School in 2007 after he completed his law degree at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. Bain served as a company executive officer and commanding officer before deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 9.2 as a military transition team adviser to the Iraqi Army in Mosul, Iraq. While deployed, he led 45 combat missions and integrated U.S. forces into the Iraqi Army?s Mosul operations. He received the Navy Commendation Medal and a letter of commendation from Vice Admiral McHaven, US Navy.
Bain currently serves as a battalion training officer, where he directs pre-deployment exercises. He will deploy in 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 11.1 Afghanistan with 2D Marine Expeditionary Force.
Other speakers at the event will include HPU students Carolyn Beale and Tori Clarke, who will speak about their military-focused volunteer experience. The two students support Operation Yellow Ribbon, which sends care packages to troops overseas and visits Veterans in hospitals. HPU has donated bottled water and snacks to include in many of the care packages the students have assembled.
A reception will follow the event.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.
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