A U.S. Army colonel will serve as the keynote speaker for South Carolina State University’s annual Veterans Day Recognition Program, which will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium.

The Veterans Day Recognition Program honors the courage and sacrifices made by the men and women in all branches of the armed forces.

Lead by the S.C. State Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Bulldog Battalion, the program will begin with a video tribute, followed by the posting of the colors. A candle-lighting and wreath ceremony will be held, along with the traditional playing of “Taps.”

Col. Thomas Hundley is the keynote speaker. He has held many key leadership positions in the U.S. Army, including director of logistics and company commander.

Hundley has completed multiple combat tours during the War on Terror and has served during Operation Freedom Sentinel in Kuwait.

He has been awarded the Bronze Star, Distinguished Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Expert Field Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge and various other awards.

Hundley was inducted into the Army Medical Department Regiment’s Order of Medical Military Merit in 2011, and was recently inducted into S.C. State’s ROTC Hall of Fame.

Hundley received his military commission from S.C. State University into the Medical Services Corps branch. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from S.C. State.

Additionally, he holds a master’s degree in logistics management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of AMEDD courses and the Combined Arms and Services Staff School. Hundley has also completed courses in intermediate level education and logistics executive development.

He is the author of, “Fit for the King: God’s Plan for Weight Loss and Total Health.”

Hundley is the father of two girls, Peyton and Erin.