Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek thanks the 629 faculty, staff, and students who are active duty U.S. military, veterans, reservists, or members of the National Guard. Today our campus joins universities across the country in honoring the more than 6,300 American casualties of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001, in a day-long observance that includes a reading of casualties’ names and a moment of silence.
Veterans Day 2011 News
When she was in the Navy, Melissa Watson was one of the first women trained to use hand-to-hand combat, if needed, during searches of foreign ships in a war zone. Watson finished eight years of military service in 2007 and is now at UT Knoxville working on her master’s degree in therapeutic recreation. She hopes to use her healing hands to work with injured soldiers and veterans.
When Michael Steidl was in the US Army, he spent a considerable amount of time in Iraq—doing routine military work, overseeing construction projects, and eventually, advising senior Iraqi military officers. What Steidl saw in Iraq fueled his desire to study law with the hopes of becoming a state prosecutor. He is now working on his law degree at UT Knoxville.
Ligen Feller, 32, spent four years helping navigate an aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy. Once she finishes her master’s degree in social work at UT Knoxville, she hopes to help the military navigate the waters of social services. When she finishes school, she’d like to land a job with Veterans Affairs.
UT Knoxville will join more than 180 universities across the country on Friday, November 11, to honor the more than 6,300 American casualties of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. The Remembrance Day National Roll Call will begin at 8:00 a.m. in Circle Park.
When freshman Shelby Summarell heard that UT Knoxville was involved in Operation: Military Kids, she knew she wanted to volunteer. Having a dad who took two tours of Kuwait with the Army National Guard, Summarell knows how difficult it can be when parents and children are separated by war. OMK is a program that provides social, educational, and recreational programming for youth of deployed military personnel.
For Patrick Charles Rogers, 42, a student in UT’s executive aerospace and defense MBA program, serving in the military is a family tradition. His ancestors served in the Revolutionary War, World War I, World War II, and Vietnam. Rogers has served in Operation Desert Shield, Stabilization Force Bosnia, and Operation Iraq Freedom.
About two years ago during a class, UT art professor Baldwin Lee walked up to Trent Frazor and noticed he had pictures on his computer screen. One was a photo of Frazor, a graduate student and veteran of the Iraq War, in a foxhole, his face and hands covered in camouflage paint. That moment planted an idea in Lee’s mind to help student veterans document their time in the military through their own candid photos.
While Christine Braaten was in the Navy, she went on a six-month humanitarian deployment aboard the USNS Mercy to provide follow-up medical care in Southeast Asia and Indonesia after the 2004 tsunami. Braaten spent six years as a Navy information systems technician. She is now a senior in ecology and evolutionary biology at UT Knoxville.