Lexington, Kentucky (November 5, 2019) – The Rotary Club of Lexington will celebrate Veteran’s Day this Thursday, November 7, at its weekly meeting with special guest speaker, US Air Force Lt. Colonel Eric Pounds. Pounds, a 2004 graduate of the Air Force Academy who also earned an MBA from Liberty University and a master’s degree in counseling and leadership from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, is a veteran of four deployments encompassing 100 combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
“It’s important for us all to take pause and say thank you to the men and women who served in the Armed Forces, keeping our nation free from tyranny,” said Dean Hammond, Past Governor, Rotary International District 6740 and Past President, Rotary Club of Lexington. Hammond, who served as a combat pilot during the Vietnam War and is a member of the Kentcuky Veterans Hall of Fame added, “it’s our responsibility to ensure their dedication and sometimes ultimate sacrifice is honored not only on Veteran’s Day, but throughout the year.”
Lt. Colonel Pounds, who earned, along with several other decorations, two Meritorious Service Medals and three Air Medals and now teaches at the Air Force Academy, will be joined by fellow Veterans Colonel Maxine “Micki” King and Colonel John Shotwell, both of whom are members of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame. King, a female Veteran is a former Olympian and Shotwell a veteran of 125 combat missions during the Vietnam War.
The community and members of the media are welcome to join the Rotary Club of Lexington to celebrate Veteran’s Day and hear from Lt. Colonel Pounds, who is traveling from Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois, at the club’s weekly lunch meeting this Thursday beginning at 12noon at the Red Mile located at 1200 Red Mile Road.