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Dale, Camden native, to speak at Veteran’s Day event

Posted: November 6, 2012 6:08 p.m.
Updated: November 7, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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Col. Dale Hall

 

Col. Dale Hall, chief of staff of the S.C. National Guard (SCNG) and a Camden native, will be the guest speaker for Camden’s annual Veteran’s Day event Friday at James Leroy Belk American Legion Post No. 17.

The event will begin promptly at 11 a.m., the time at which the Armistice was signed on Nov. 11, 1918, ending World War I. The event is sponsored by Post 17, Stoney Sanders American Legion Post No. 203, Veterans of Foreign Wars Robert Dixon Post No. 5928, the Marine League, and all their affiliated auxiliaries.

As chief of staff, Hall supervises all directorates and major subordinate command administrative officers within the SCNG and acts as their official channel of communication with the deputy adjutant general and adjutant general. Col. Hall graduated from Camden High School in 1980, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1984 from The Citadel as a “Distinguished Military Student” and “Distinguished Military Graduate.” He is a graduate of the basic aviation officer, officer rotary wing aviator, logistics officer, senior level logistics, company pre-command, aviation officer advance, joint firepower control, quality management and AH-64D aviator qualification courses; the Combined Arms and Services Staff School; and U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Hall’s previous assignments include: Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations; Commander, 59th Aviation Troop Command; Commander, 59th Aviation Troop Command; Operations Officer and Commander with HQ 218th Regiment; Chief of the Training Site Command, Logistical Officer Training Officer, and Director of Training with HQ STARC-SC, Branch Chief, ELMT JT FCE HQ; S-1 with HHSC 1 Battalion 151 Aviation; Assistant S-4 and Company Commander with HHC 51 Aviation Group; Battalion S-4 with 5-501st Aviation Battalion, OH-58 Platoon Leader and S-4 Officer with C Company 1/24th Aviation Battalion; Section Leader, Class III/V Platoon Leader with 24th Attack Battalion

Hall’s awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, with two Silver Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal, with One Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; National Defense Service Medal, with one Bronze Star Device; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal, with Silver Hour Glass Device, Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Senior Army Aviator Badge; and Air Assault Badge.

Hall holds a bachelor of science in business administration from The Citadel and a master of business administration (summa cum laude) from Trident University International.

Hall and his wife, Sheila, have one daughter, Becky, and two sons, Jonathan (deceased) and Ben; they also have two grandchildren, Abigail and Max Kopp. Mrs. Hall is the daughter of John and Anita Jefford of Camden. Col. Hall and Mr. Jefford are members of the Post No. 17.

This year’s theme is “Honor the Past, Respect the Present, Prepare the Future.” Coordinators are Dr. Melissa Osborne Rhame and Past Commander W. Ashby Rhame.

Also this year, any Kershaw County citizens -- from young to senior -- is invited to take part in placing poppies on white crosses on Post 17’s field “in remembrance of military who departed Kershaw County to serve our country, never to return.” Citizens representing a cross section of  people, will twine poppies onto white crosses bearing the names listed in the program. Those wishing to participate should see the “Poppy People” at the entrance onto the parade field to get a handful of the poppies, and move on to spread out all over the rows. This is an effort to show that all members of the community honor those military personnel who served gallantly in past military involvements, not returning.

Participating schools including the Camden High School Band and JROTC, North Central High School, Continuous Learning Center; Camden Military Academy; and the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice’s Birchwood High School SCDJJ.

 

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