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Retired Col. Jonathan Robinson, an alumnus of S.C. State University and native of Salley, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Veterans Day Recognition Program at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. The event will be held 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. Led by the S.C. State Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps Bulldog Battalion, the program will begin with a video tribute, followed by Posting of the Colors. A candle-lighting and wreath ceremony will be held, along with the traditional playing of "Taps."

Robinson is currently the senior Army instructor of JROTC at Batesburg-Leesville High School. He received his commission in the U.S. Army as a signal officer in December 1982, upon completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education at S.C. State. He reported to Fort Gordon, Georgia in January 1983 for the Signal Officer Basic Course and graduated in April 1983.

His first assignment was with the 240th Quartermaster Battalion in Fort Lee, Virginia, where he served as the Battalion Signal officer and Comsec custodian. After the Signal Officer Advance Course in 1986, Robinson was assigned to the 5th Signal Command in Worms, Germany, where he served in various positions, including Command Exercise Planning officer, Tactical Operations officer and commander of Headquarters Company, 5th Signal Command.

After returning from Germany in 1989, he was assigned to the 197th Infantry Brigade, where he served as the Battalion Signal officer at Fort Benning, Georgia. While at Fort Benning, he also served as Communications officer for the U.S. Army Infantry School.

Robinson departed from active duty for five years and went into the Individual Ready Reserve from July 1992 through October 1997. He was then assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve, 4th Brigade, 100th Division Training, in Montgomery, Alabama.

After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack, he returned to active duty and served numerous leadership positions overseas, including communication chief, branch operations chief and chief duty officer.

Robinson's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

For more information about the Veterans Day Recognition Program, or Veterans Affairs, contact interim registrar Ann Belton at 803-536-7185 or Lt. Col. (Ret.) Anthony Watson at 803-533- 3604.

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