Veterans honored at technical, community colleges across state

JACKSON, Tenn. — Veterans at technical and community colleges from across Tennessee were honored for Veterans Day.

The release from Jackson State Community College says the veterans were nominated by college presidents, and will receive the Chancellor’s Commendation.

The Chancellor’s Commendation is a specially designed Challenge Coin, and are a tradition seen across all branches of the military, according to the release.

Jackson State says, “The Chancellor’s Commendation is conferred in the form of a specially designed Challenge Coin. Challenge coins are a tradition in all branches of the military, signifying special achievement, excellence, hard work, unit pride, respect and esprit de corps.”

“These 37 men and women represent the spirit and values of our colleges – student success, academic excellence, courage in adversity, and service to campus and community – and the highest ideals of military service,” said Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora W. Tydings.

Jackson State says it was able to honor its 2021 recipient, as well as its Chief of Police, Shane Young, who served in the National Guard, and Dr. Billy Wesson, Professor in Reading, who served in the Army.

Other veterans honored across the state’s community colleges includes:

  • Chattanooga State: Robert Shelton, Staff, Air Force
  • Cleveland State: Martin Frey, Student, Navy
  • Columbia State: Virginia Massey-Holt, Faculty, Army
  • Dyersburg State: Michael Brooks, Faculty, Army
  • Jackson State: Steven Young, Staff, National Guard
  • Motlow State: Adam Boyd, Student, Marines
  • Nashville State: Katrina Dubree, Staff, National Guard
  • Northeast State: Eric Stanton, Faculty, Air Force
  • Pellissippi State: Darris Upton, Alumnus, Navy
  • Roane State: Jason Rutledge, Student, Coast Guard
  • Southwest Tennessee: Gary Stephens, Staff, Navy
  • Volunteer State: Tiffany Zwart, Staff, Marines
  • Walters State: Cody McFarland, Student, Army

Veterans honored at TCAT includes:

  • TCAT Athens: Shad Simms, Student, Air Force
  • TCAT Chattanooga: Chad Mix, Student, Navy
  • TCAT Covington: Stephen Shutler, Faculty, Navy
  • TCAT Crump: Christopher Dunbar, Alumnus, Army
  • TCAT Dickson: Salvatore Evangelista, Faculty, Army
  • TCAT Elizabethton: Ernest South, Faculty, Air Force
  • TCAT Harriman: Larry Weatherly, Faculty, Marines
  • TCAT Hartsville: Charles Justin Kimbrell, Alumnus, Air Force
  • TCAT Hohenwald: Randy Young, Staff, National Guard
  • TCAT Jacksboro: Phillip Lay, Faculty, Navy
  • TCAT Jackson: Richard Kutschman, Faculty, Navy
  • TCAT Knoxville: Jim Ford, Staff, Air Force
  • TCAT Livingston: Blake Keylon, Alumnus, Air Force
  • TCAT McKenzie: Austin Chapman, Alumnus, National Guard
  • TCAT Memphis: Augustene Weston, Staff, Army
  • TCAT Morristown: Spate Anthony, Student, Marines
  • TCAT Murfreesboro: Charles Vaughn, Faculty, Army
  • TCAT Nashville: Scott Grier, Faculty, Navy
  • TCAT Newbern: Christopher Sherron, Faculty, Navy
  • TCAT Oneida/Huntsville: Dan Kelly, Student, Marines
  • TCAT Paris: Jeffrey Shinholster, Alumnus, Army
  • TCAT Pulaski: Michael Clark, Student, Army
  • TCAT Ripley: Nicholas Hayes, Student, Marines
  • TCAT Shelbyville: Paul Burk, Student, Army

Veterans who are interested in pursuing education can find more information here.

Financial assistance for veterans can also be found here.

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