Gordon State College to Recognize National Roll Call Day



More than 1,000 flags will line the paths that cross Lambdin Green on the campus of Gordon State College Wednesday, November 11 for the annual National Roll Call event.

Guest speaker for the 2 p.m. event is Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Lawrence E. Dudney who served 34 years in the Army National Guard before retiring in 2011.

Dudney was responsible for the leadership, planning and synchronization of Homeland Security Operations for the State of Georgia working closely with both military and civilian agencies.

He has served as a Strategic Planner for the Director of the Army National Guard and the Army Quadrennial Defense Review Office at the Pentagon as well as the Senior Army Guard Advisor for United States Forces Korea and Eighth United States Army. Additionally, he has served as the Commander for both the 78th Troop Command and the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

His combat assignments include Deputy Commander, 48th Infantry in Iraq in 2005-2006 and Commander, Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix IX and as Director, Afghan National Security Forces Development Assistance Bureau while deployed to Afghanistan in 2009-2010.

He currently works for Commscope, a provider of network infrastructure, in Hickory, North Carolina.

Also scheduled to speak is Gordon Aluma, Maj. Patricia Justice, who serves in the Army Nurse Corps.

Maj. Justice is a 13-year veteran and Purple Heart recipient currently serving in the Reserves.

As class president, she graduated from Gordon's nursing program in 1996 with an ASN. She then graduated from Brenau University in 1998 with a BSN.

Her work in the Army is as an observer controller and trainer for the 7303rd Medical Training Support Battalion, 1st Medical Training Brigade at Ft. Gordon, Ga.

She was in the 628th Forward Surgical Team before being deployed to Forward Operational Base Shank in Afghanistan for 12 months in 2011. She was wounded at FOB Shank shortly before her tour concluded. She currently works as an operating room and trauma nurse at Atlanta Medical Center.

The National Roll Call project began on Nov. 11, 2011 when students, faculty, staff and community members at more than 180 colleges and universities nationwide came together and demonstrated their commitment to remembering those who, as President Lincoln described, "…gave their last full measure of devotion" while serving our country."

Gordon State College student veteran Carlos Adams will give the opening remarks.

The Lamar County High School JROTC will present the colors and the Gordon State Choir will perform.

Professional musician Athens Carter will play taps. Carter has performed with the Baltimore Symphony and has Master's degree in Trumpet Performance from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins.

This event is free and the community is invited to attend