Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 9

Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 9
Cal Poly Pomona's Veterans Day observance ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at noon in the University Quad.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Douville, a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) military science professor at Claremont McKenna College, will provide the keynote address during Cal Poly Pomona's Veterans Day observance ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at noon in the University Quad. Douville, who returned from Iraq in March after serving as a battalion commander, will discuss “Iraq: A Soldier's Perspective.”

Along with Douville, several other faculty and staff service veterans are scheduled to speak during the campus ceremony.

Associated Students Inc. Vice President Michael Schafer, a U.S. Navy veteran, will act as master of ceremonies. From 1997-2001, Schafer served as a gunners mate missile petty officer 2nd class surface warfare on board the USS Lake Eric CG 70 stationed in Pearl Harbor. He was named the 1999 Sailor of the Year.

Schafer was also part of the Naval Theatre Ballistic Missile Defense Test Program where he served as the missile systems supervisor, and he served duty in the Arabian Gulf from 1999-2000.

Douville was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army Ordnance Corps as a distinguished military graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee ROTC program in 1984. His early assignments included platoon leader and logistics operations officer in South Korea and logistics operations officer in the 82d Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Through the years, Douville worked his way up the ranks, serving as company commander in South Korea, commanding general of the U.S. Army Tank-automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM), and logistics operations officer in the 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas.

His most recent assignments were as political-military plans and policy officer for the United Nations Command & Combined Forces Command (CFC), South Korea; deputy commander for 18th Airborne Corps Logistics Management Center, Ft. Bragg, N.C.; and commander of Logistics Task Force 407 for the 82d Airborne Division during combat operations in Iraq.

Douville attended graduate school at Penn State University where he earned his master's degree in business administration and operations research.

Douville's list of awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary & Service Medals, Korean Defense Service Medal and Armed Forces Service Medal.