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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will honor veterans with a Veterans Day Event celebration at 9 a.m. Nov. 11 at 3601 4th St. The event is hosted by the TTUHSC Office of the President, Office of Student Services and the School of Nursing.
The ceremony will begin with the presentation of colors by the U.S. Air Force ROTC and singing of the national anthem by MusiCare. Richard Lampe, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, will present the ceremony. Lampe served 24 years in the Army retiring from the Army as a Colonel in 1992. He has received the Army Commendation 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster. In 2010 he was awarded the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Uniformed Services 2010 Outstanding Service Award. This is a special recognition to a present or former Uniformed Services Pediatrician for outstanding lifetime services to the military and pediatrics.
Guest speaker will be Bernhard Mittemeyer, M.D., Emeritus Professor in the Department of Urology. Before coming to TTUHSC in 1986, Mittemeyer served 28 years in the Army, rising to the rank of Lieutenant General and retiring in 1985 as Army Surgeon General, the highest position open to Army physicians.
As Surgeon General of the Army from 1981 to 1985, he was chief executive officer of the Army Medical Department and senior medical staff advisor to the chief of staff of the Army and the Secretary of the Army. Prior to his assignment as the Army Surgeon General, Mittemeyer served as commander and chief executive officer of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the military’s largest tertiary care, research and teaching hospital. He holds numerous military decorations and citations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Army’s highest peacetime award, as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star Medal for valor in combat.
“Dr. Lampe and Dr. Mittemeyer are two exemplary men that are among this country’s veterans,” TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., said. “Let us remember our veterans’ service to our country with respect and gratitude for their sacrifices and dedication to our nation.”
Also at the event will be a Veterans Resource Fair with the following organizations: VetStar/Veterans Resource Coordination Group, Archive of Modern Warfare, Texas Tech University (TTU) Vietnam Center and Archive, Lubbock Veterans Center, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Team Red White and Blue Lubbock, the TTUHSC Alumni Association, Military and Veterans National Alumni Chapter, Purple Heart Chapter, Stages of Recovery, Refuge Services, Veterans Helping Veterans and the Archery Program.
The TTU Vietnam Center and Archive will display both a Cobra and a Huey helicopter and the Lubbock Armed Forces Reserve Unit will have military vehicles on display.