November 9, 2015 - Albany, GA - Albany Technical College will hold their third annual Veteran's Day Ceremony on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, beginning at 10am in the Kirkland Conference Center. Keynote speaker for this year's ceremony will be Rev. Richard Pogue, Pastor of Oakridge Baptist Church of Albany.

Rev. Richard Pogue, a U.S. Navy Veteran, holds a bachelor's degree from Alabama State University and a master's degree from Pepperdine University. He received his Doctorate in Theological Studies from the International Seminary in Plymouth, Florida.

Prior to becoming the Pastor at Oakridge Baptist Church in Albany, Pogue has served in past positions as Chief of Classification and Wage Administration at Robins Air Force Base; Chief of Employment Staffing at Robins; Chief of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at Robins; Chief of Employee Development and Training at Robins; Chief of Recruitment and Staffing at Keesler Air Force Base; Personnel Manager at the Air Force Reserve in New Orleans; Personnel Management Specialist at Headquarter Air Training Command in San Antonio, Texas; a Mortgage Broker; Real Estate, Mortgage and Insurance Salesman; and a motivational speaker.

Pogue has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Young Men of America Award; Who's Who Among Black Americans; Key to the City of New Orleans (Support of Disabled Veterans); Kool Achiever Award (1 of 13 national winners) Volunteer Service; and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Award. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity; NAACP; Blacks in Government; Abilities Discovery; National Chamber of Commerce; and Lions Club.

The ceremony will begin with a welcome from Albany Tech's President, Dr. Anthony O. Parker, followed by an invocation by Dr. Steve Eidson, Dean of Economic Development at Albany Tech and U.S. Marine Corps V eteran.

After the invocation, Color Guard will be conducted by Monroe Comprehensive High School's ROTC students, National Anthem and musical presentations by Lincoln Elementary Magnet School Chorus, bagpipes by Dan Gillan, U.S. Marine Corps Veterans, and the keynote speaker will give his presentation.

Albany Tech began the tradition in 2013 of holding both a Memorial Day and Veterans Day Ceremony on the campus on the Thursday following the Monday holiday to commemorate our veterans and allow our students, faculty, staff, and the community to recognize and honor those who fought for our country.

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