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Veterans to be honored Friday at Post 17

Posted: November 8, 2011 5:12 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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U.S. Army Col. William "Mark" Kehrer

U.S. Army Col. William “Mark” Kehrer will be the keynote speaker for the Veterans Day program Friday at the American Legion James Leroy Belk Post 17 home in Camden.

Kehrer is deputy director of operations/assistant chief of staff G3 for the Third U.S. Army, U.S. Army Central.

In keeping with tradition, the observance will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, which signifies the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. The program will be sponsored by American Legion James Leroy Belk Post 17; American Legion Sanders Stoney Post 203; Veterans of Foreign Wars Roberts Dixon Post 5928; and the auxiliaries affiliated with each post.

During his career, Kehrer has served as assistant chief of staff C9 of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq in Baghdad; assistant chief of staff G9 for the 3rd Corps at Fort Hood, Texas; CJ3-chief of operations for the Coalition-Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force in Afghanistan; battalion commander of the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion in Abilene, Texas; CJ9 plans officer in the Stabilization Force Headquarters, Operation Joint Guard in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and special adviser to the Multi-National Force-Iraq Commanding General and Chief of the Commander’s Initiative Group for Multi-National Force-Iraq in Baghdad.

His decorations include three Bronze Stars; two Defense Meritorious Service Medals; four Meritorious Service Medals; three Army Commendation Medals; two Army Achievement Medals; one star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal; three stars, Iraq Campaign Medal; NATO Medal; Multinational Force and Observers Medal; Ranger Tab; Airborne Badge; and Air Assault Badge.

Kehrer and his wife, Tracy, have four children.

The Birchwood High School JROTC will present colors at Friday’s program. Other JROTC units, from Camden High School, Continuous Learning Center and North Central High School, along with cadets from Camden Military Academy, will also participate.

Music will be presented by the Camden High School and Camden Military Academy bands.

W. Ashby Rhame, past commander for Post 17, will serve as moderator; Perry McCoy, Post 17 past commander, will read the roll of POW names. Clay Carruth with Post 17 and Jasper Boswell with Post 203 will deliver the honor roll reading. Auxiliary members will place American flags on memorial crosses in salute to fallen service members.

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