SCC to Host Weeklong Veterans Celebration

October 11, 2012

St. Charles Community College will celebrate Veterans Day with a series of events planned Nov. 5-12, culminating with the Veterans Day Celebration at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the College Center gymnasium, featuring keynote speaker Lieutenant General Kathleen M. Gainey, Deputy Commander of U.S. Transportation Command.

SCC to Host Weeklong Veterans Celebration

Lieutenant General Kathleen M. Gainey, Deputy Commander of U.S. Transportation Command, will be the keynote speaker at SCC’s Veterans Day celebration at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12.

The events are free and open to the public, and will take place on the college’s campus in Cottleville.

The Americans at Normandy: The Story of D-Day
Noon Monday, Nov. 5, Auditorium of the Social Sciences Building
The presentation will be given by John C. McManus, Ph.D., professor of U.S. military history at Missouri University of Science and Technology. McManus is an award-winning professor, author and military historian.

SCC Student Veterans Panel
11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, Auditorium of the Social Sciences Building
Students will share their experiences including life on the home front.

Healing America’s Veterans: A Dog, a Project and a Guitar, Featuring SCC Student Angela Peacock
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, Auditorium of the Social Sciences Building
Angela Peacock, SCC student and Iraq war veteran, will share her story about her service dog, her work with the Wounded Warrior Project, and in bringing the Six String Heroes to SCC.

Coming Home and Finding Work: The Employment Struggle for Veterans
11:30 a.m. Thursday Nov. 8, Auditorium of the Social Sciences Building
A panel will discuss issues and opportunities in the workforce. Panelists will include representatives from the Missouri Career Center of St. Charles County and the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Regional Office.

Army Vehicles Display
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, Campus Plaza
Several Army vehicles will be on display throughout campus. Visitors will have the opportunity to get in and explore the vehicles. Children are welcome.

Veterans Day Celebration

11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, College Center Gymnasium

Lt. Gen. Kathleen M. Gainey, Deputy Commander of U.S. Transportation Command, will give the keynote address. The event will honor veterans from the past and present and will include words from SCC’s president, Ron Chesbrough, as well as a color guard presentation by local veterans organizations, performances from the SCC concert band, singers and a bagpiper. The event will close with the playing of “Taps.” SCC will welcome faculty, staff and community members to the ceremony.

Lt. Gen. Kathleen M. Gainey received her commission as a Second Lieutenant through ROTC in 1978, after graduating from Norfolk, Virginia's Old Dominion University, and receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in special education.

Currently, Lt. Gen. Gainey is the Deputy Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Her previous commands include 5th Heavy Boat Company, Ford Island, Hawaii; 6th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, Va.; 7th Corps Support Group, Bamberg, Germany; Defense Distribution Center, New Cumberland, Pa.; and Commanding General, Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

In 1987, she attended Babson College, Wellesley, Mass., to complete her MBA in contract management and procurement. In July 1989, she attended the Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and she is a 1997 graduate of the Army War College.

For more information on Veterans Week events, visit or contact Berry at 636-922-8261 or

To learn more about services for veterans on campus, the new Student Veteran Organization and Honoring Military Families Scholarship, contact Tomi Schwandt at 636-922-8268 or

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit

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