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2017-11-17 / Business Briefs

College dedicates comprehensive resource for student veterans

WILLIAMSPORT, PA – Pennsylvania College of Technology dedicated its Veterans and Military Resource Center on Nov. 10, choosing a solemn weekend of remembrance to invoke the memory of an impressive “fellow soldier.”

Named the Major General Fred F. Marty, USA Retired, Veterans and Military Resource Center – and made possible through the generosity of Marty’s son, Patrick, and family – the facility will provide a site for veteran and active-duty students to gather, collaborate, study and discuss their military benefits with campus mentors.

“A commitment to providing access to educational opportunities for veterans is woven into the very fabric of Penn College and its predecessors,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said.

The college is home to 363 veteran students, 71 enrollees who continue to serve in all branches and 20 ROTC participants.

Marty’s three decades of military service, beginning in 1963, included two tours of duty in Vietnam and four in Germany, commanding field artillery units at every echelon, from battery through corps artillery. His ultimate assignments before retiring in 1992 were as commanding general of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and concurrent service as commandant of the U.S. Field Artillery School and as the Army’s chief of field artillery.

He was highly decorated throughout his military career, receiving (among numerous commendations) the Distinguished Service Medal, the Army’s highest peacetime award.

“No matter how you knew him, you simply knew that you had his support, trust and wise counsel,” the younger Marty, vice president for college relations, said of his father. “Whether you were working for him, along with him or just because he was your friend – and especially if you were a soldier.”

Also taking part in the dedication were Regina M. Peluzzo, a civil engineering technology major and member of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard; a color guard of ROTC cadets from Bison Batallion, comprising Penn College and four other institutions; and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the college’s board of directors.

An American flag was donated to the center by LeRoy O. Buck Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7863, DuBoistown.

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