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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Veterans Day activities slated for Monday

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  • All are invited to attend Veteran's Day activities scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 at the All Veterans Memorial at the Pratt Regional Airport three miles north of Pratt on U.S. 281.
    The airport was originally the Pratt Army Air Field in World War II. It was in operation from 1943 to 1946 and was the first B-29 training facility in the world for training B-29 pilots and crews before they headed to the Pacific Theater.
    The program will be dedicated to WWII General and President Dwight Eisenhower.
    Opening and closing the ceremony will be members of the American Legion Riders Honor Guard plus Christian Riders and Defenders.
    Members of the Kansas National Guard will present the colors. Skyline School students will present the music portion of the program.
    The guest speaker will be retired Air Force Col. Hal Hoxie who is currently president of Central Christian College.
    Hoxie has most recently served as Division Chief, Programs and Legislation in the Office of Legislative Liaison, stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
    His military career includes Missions Support Group Commander, Homeland Security Division Chief, Assistant Operations Officer at the USAFA, Squadron Commander, Executive officer to the Air Combat Commander Vice Commander, Executive Officer for the Athletic Director at the USAFA, Flight Commander, Flight examiner and Instructor Pilot.
    He has logged almost 4,000 hours as a pilot for F15Cs, T38s and UV-18BS.
    Hoxie is a 1979 graduate of Central Christian College. He has earned three master's degrees: an M.A. in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado, an M.S. in Political Science from the Air command and Staff College and an M.S. in Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps University.
    He is member of Rotary and accepts speaking invitations for local organizations.
    Hoxie and his wife Kathy, also a Central Christian College alum, have four adult sons, three daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.
    In case of inclement weather the program will be held at Skyline School, one mile west of Pratt.

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