2013 Veterans' Vigil Committee
I am the chairperson for the Veterans’ Vigil Committee. I look forward to chairing this committee and honoring those who have served our country. I have been employed with A&M-Commerce for 18 years. I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1994 and a Master of Business Administration in 2002. Like many, some of my family members have served our country going back to the 1940’s. My grandfather, Jack Downing, served in the United States Navy with the Twenty-Second Naval Construction Battalion from June 13, 1942 to November 20, 1945. My great uncle, Scott Downing, volunteered for the Army Air Corp in September 1942. He flew 20 Combat Missions from January 1945 to May 25, 1945.
This is my 3rd year serving on the Veterans Vigil committee and it is truly an honor. I’ve worked for the University for four years now and currently am the Veterans & Military Services Specialist. Although I have never served in the armed forces I did have several family members that have. My uncle, Richard Davis, served in the Marine Corp for 30 years traveling all over the world and fighting in the Vietnam War. Two other uncles of mine Joe Davis and Richard Halter, both served in the Army. My father in law, Steve Gossett, served in the Marine Corp as a drill instructor and was a member of the silent drill team. Currently serving is my brother in law Josh Gossett. He has served three tours in Afghanistan and will be leaving at the end of October to serve his fourth, Josh is a member of the United States Marine Corp. I can’t think of a better way to honor those men in my family than to serve on the Veterans Vigil committee.
I proudly served as the chairperson 2000-2009. My family boasts of their service in the military. Both my mother (1955-1957) and father (1950-1957) were in the United States Army. They met in the Army and later married. My dad was injured during service and returned to the states as a disabled veteran (DAV). I had two uncles that served in the Merchant Marines.
Ms. Boitnott is an Army Brat and the wife of a retired Army Officer equaling 40+ years of living amongst, working with and understanding the military way of life. I would not trade the opportunities I have had to travel the world and meet exceptional individuals many who have become lifelong friends. I am so proud of our University for hosting Veterans Vigil to honor our soldiers and honored to be part of this committee. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Master Career Counselor, Certified Facilitator, Trainer and Speaker, she has worked with military as an Army Career and Alumni Program Career Counselor and as a federal agency consultant. She is pursuing her Ed.D in Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction-Higher Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She received her MS in Counselor Education and BA in Theatre from Jacksonville State University.
I retired from the United States Air Force in 2007 and have served on the committee since 2003. I provide the communications during the flyover events and assist in recruiting former and current military members to serve as post standers for the eternal flame.
I retired from the United States Navy. I have been a member of this committee since 2002. I direct the Swearing-In Ceremony of the new recruits. I also coordinate communication between L-3 and the Naval Recruiting District in Dallas.
Jane has worked on the Veterans’ Vigil Committee for the past five years. As Assistant Director, she provides programs and services to University alumni, helps build alumni association membership and helps to disseminate information on the Veterans’ Vigil to the alumni. Her father was a WWII Army veteran. She received her B.B.A. and M.A. from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
ETSU B.S. 1989. Served on committee since 1998, responsible for assembling the Vigil Flame Memorial. Former “Pride Marching Band” member; played “Taps” on trumpet at sundown for Vigil on occasion. Learned a lot over the past few years from all veterans participating in the program and has gained even more respect and admiration for all those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. Father-in-law, Larry Ratliff, Vietnam Veteran USAF Lt. Colonel (Retired).
David McKenna joined the Texas A&M University-Commerce staff in November 2002 and has served as Executive Director of Facilities and Support Services since 2007. He has worked on Veterans’ Vigil committees for the past four years helping coordinate site development, including setup for the display of the Vietnam Combat Veterans Memorial Moving Wall in 2006. David’s father served in the U.S. Army in WWII and his two older brothers served in the U.S. Navy and Army, respectively.
I served in the U.S. Navy from July 1963 until March 1967. I have been a member of the American Legion for 21 years and Past Commander of the Bruce B. Williams American Legion Post #1 in Commerce, TX. I am currently serving as 1st Vice Command and Finance Officer for Post #1. This is my third year on the Veterans Vigil Committee and I am honored to serve.
Wayne "Doc" Pierce
I have served on the committee since 1992. I have actively served on the Veterans. Vigil Committee to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country. My Father served during the Korean War.
I have served on the committee since 2003. I wanted to honor and serve our military personnel. My Great Grandfather (Robert Fussell) was in the Merchant Marine, Grandfather (Wayford Hollis) – Navy during the Korean War, and my cousin (Jonathan Hebert) was involved in the National Guard during War on Terrorism.
I have served on the committee since 1999. I served in the United States Air Force and retired from military service as a Fighter Pilot.
I am honored to serve on the Veterans’ Vigil Committee. It shows the pride for my country and in a small way I can give back to those men and women that served in the military. I come from a military background. My Father was in the United States Air Force. Father in Law served in the Navy. Numerous cousins served military time for their country. This is my tenth year to serve on the committee.