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City’s Veterans Day ceremony is Nov. 10

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 3:14 pm

AEDC Commander Col. Scott Cain will be the featured speaker at the city’s annual Veterans Day ceremony, set for Friday, Nov. 10 at the South Jackson Civic Center.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which begins at 10:45 a.m. After the ceremony there will be a reception with refreshments.

“When you honor those who have served in defense of this country, you honor the best of what men and women can be,” Mayor Lane Curlee said. “We are pleased to host this event for veterans and their families, and it is an honor to have our local military leaders participating in Tullahoma’s Veterans Day Ceremony.”

AEDC Commander Col. Scott A. Cain speaks before the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday, Oct. 23.
–Staff Photo by Cameron Adams

Col. Scott A. Cain is commander of AEDC, headquartered at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee. The Complex employs more than 3,000 people and comprises more than 55 aerospace test facilities across six states.

Cain received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1995, where he was a distinguished graduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in astronautical engineering.

Cain attended undergraduate pilot training in 1995 and was selected to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon. After completion of F-16 training, he served as an operational F-16 pilot at Kunsan AB, Korea, and Misawa AB, Japan, flying combat missions in support of Operation Southern Watch.

He also served as an F-117A Nighthawk pilot at Holloman AFB, where he attended the U.S. Air Force Weapons School F-117 Division. He was then selected to attend U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, and he served a follow-on tour in the 416th Flight Test Squadron as a developmental test pilot.

Cain completed the Air Force Fellows program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), followed by duty as an Operations Officer and as Commander of the 40th Flight Test Squadron.

Cain also served as senior military evaluator for Air Warfare systems within the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test & Evaluation. He comes to Arnold after successful command of the 412th Operations Group, Edwards AFB.

Introducing Cain will be last year’s speaker, Howard Thompson.

Thompson served as executive officer before being assigned as commander of the 514th Engineer Detachment, Vietnam.

A native of Coffee County, he served the United States with honor and distinction before returning to Tullahoma and starting a successful business, Thompson Jewelers.

He is the Commander of the Disabled Veterans Coffee County, Chapter 90. He served as past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10904, past senior vice commander of the American Legion Post 78 and past chairman of the Coffee County Veterans Association.

“I look forward to thanking our men and women who have honorably served in the military,” said Thompson.

Others taking part in the ceremony include Curlee, American Legion Post No. 43, VFW Post No. 4188, Marine Corps League Detachment 1128 and Boy Scout Troop 402.

Patriotic music will be provided by select members of the Tullahoma High School Brass Ensemble, THS Aristocats, Lloyd Smith will perform the armed services medley and Jon Gray will sing “Faithful Soldier.”

Complete details and schedule at Tullahomatn.gov.