MERCERVILLE — South Gallia Middle and High School will be holding a program to honor area veterans Friday morning along with a blood drive for the American Red Cross.
“We have our Veterans Day ceremony Friday,” said South Gallia teacher Jeff Fowler. “We always start at 10 a.m. and try to finish by 11 a.m. because that is to ideally honor Veterans on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month as close as we can and still have the kids and veterans.”
Veterans Day is on a Sunday this year. The South Gallia blood drive starts at 9 a.m.
Area veterans have been invited to the ceremony for a presentation of the colors and flag folding. Fowler said the blood drive is also in part to honor veterans’ sacrifices and as there is a blood shortage
“We also always try to have an honored speaker, which this year is Brent Schultz of our school board,” said Fowler.
Lt. Col. Brent Schultz is the executive officer for the 111th Engineer Brigade of the West Virginia Army National Guard. He is a 1992 graduate of North Gallia High School and graduated from the University of Rio Grande in 1997 and earned a commission as a second lieutenant in the ARMY ROTC program. In 2005, he served as a company commander for a joint team of Army and Air Guardsmen and deployed to New Orleans, Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina. He spent 30 days in New Orleans and in southern Louisiana helping bring relief to crisis areas.
He served as a company commander of the 821st Engineer Company mobilized in July 2007 to be deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, with 177 soldiers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He is an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) officer at the 111th Engineer Brigade in Eleanor, W.Va. He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Charleston. He is currently vice-president of the Gallia County Local Schools District Board of Education.
Some of his awards include the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star.
He currently resides in Bidwell and is married to Dama (Twyman) Schultz who is a school counselor at the River Valley High School. They share two children, Kaylee, a freshman at Ohio State University, and Ethan, a freshman at River Valley High School.