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Veterans share varied experiences with MCHS student body

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Robert Beale, who served as a U.S. Army Sergeant during the Vietnam War, speaks to students and community members at Moore County High School during Friday’s Veteran’s Day presentation. The annual ceremony was hosted by the MCHS National Honor Society. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Robert Beale, who served as a U.S. Army Sergeant during the Vietnam War, speaks to students and community members at Moore County High School during Friday’s Veteran’s Day presentation. The annual ceremony was hosted by the MCHS National Honor Society. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Moore County High School’s National Honor Society hosted a Veteran’s Day assembly on Friday at the high school. Students and visitors were treated to a pair of guest speakers who talked and then fielded questions from members of the student body.

The speakers — U.S. Army Sergeant Robert Beale and retired Air Force Col. Roderick Cregier — talked for about an hour, sharing their various experiences in their respective branches of the military.

Cregier, who currently works as the Aero Propulsion Branch Manager with National Aerospace Solutions at Arnold AFB in Tullahoma, talked about the many hours — more than 4,800 hours in 88 types of aircraft — he’s spent as an Air Force test pilot.

He served 30 years in the U.S. Air Force.

Beale, meanwhile, spoke about his experience in the Vietnam war. He entered the Army at age 17 and was deployed to Vietnam from 1971 to 1972. Asked about his favorite or most memorable experience in the Army, he quickly said that it was the day he came home from Vietnam.

Beale, who lives in Moore County, left the military in 1975.

While each speaker shared a myriad of experiences, each different from the other, they did have one thing in common. The both spoke of patriotism and they both spoke of the camaraderie they developed with others in the military.

After the ceremony, the Moore County High School band performed a medley of the songs representing each branch of the military. The program was recorded and also streamed live on the Internet.

Community members, Veterans and Moore County High School faculty listen to guest speakers during the  annual Veteran's Day Ceremony hosted by the MCHS National Honor Society. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Community members, Veterans and Moore County High School faculty listen to guest speakers during the annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony hosted by the MCHS National Honor Society. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

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