• Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, speaks to those gathered for the Veterans Day coffee call at the Alabama Veterans Museum in Athens, Ala., Nov. 3.

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    Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, speaks to those gathered for the Veterans Day coffee call at the Alabama Veterans Museum in Athens, Ala., Nov. 3.

  • Ronald Chronister, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command deputy to the commander, and his wife, Susan, on the left, talk with the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment outgoing commander, Capt. Patrick E. Martel and incoming commander, Capt. Rickeisha W. Robinson, before the HHD, 203rd Military Police Battalion Change of Command began Nov. 3 at the Alabama Veterans Museum event center.

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    Ronald Chronister, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command deputy to the commander, and his wife, Susan, on the left, talk with the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment outgoing commander, Capt. Patrick E. Martel...

  • Lt. Gen. Richard Formica, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command commanding general, second from left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Turner, SMDC command sergeant major, talk with Soldiers from the 203rd Military Police Battalion following a Change of Command at the Alabama Veterans Museum event center in Athens, Ala., Nov. 3.

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    Lt. Gen. Richard Formica, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command commanding general, second from left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Turner, SMDC command sergeant major, talk with Soldiers from the 203rd Military Police...

  • Lt. Gen. Richard Formica, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command commanding general, and his wife, Diane, ride in the Athens, Ala., fifth annual Veterans Day parade Nov. 3.

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    Lt. Gen. Richard Formica, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command commanding general, and his wife, Diane, ride in the Athens, Ala., fifth annual Veterans Day parade Nov. 3.

  • U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command leadership and their wives, table at right, listen to Jerry Crabtree during the Alabama Veterans Museum coffee call in Athens, Ala., Nov. 3. Lt. Gen. Richard Formica, SMDC commanding general, was the guest speaker.

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    U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command leadership and their wives, table at right, listen to Jerry Crabtree during the Alabama Veterans Museum coffee call in Athens, Ala., Nov. 3. Lt. Gen. Richard Formica, SMDC...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Turner, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command command sergeant major, waving, rides with the Limestone County funeral detail members during the Athens, Ala., fifth annual Veterans Day parade Nov. 3.

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    Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Turner, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command command sergeant major, waving, rides with the Limestone County funeral detail members during the Athens, Ala., fifth annual Veterans Day parade...

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command leadership kicked off more than a week's worth of activities honoring veterans and Veterans Day with a ceremony, coffee call and parade in Athens, Ala., Nov. 3.

Lt. Gen. Richard Formica, SMDC commanding general, Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Turner, SMDC command sergeant major, and Ronald Chronister, SMDC deputy to the commander, joined Athens residents at the Alabama Veterans Museum for the coffee call, which included a special dedication video to veterans.

Following the coffee call, Formica and his wife, Diane, Turner, and Chronister and his wife, Susan, joined the 203rd Military Police Battalion for a Change of Command in the museum's event center. Following that, Formica and Turner were special guests in the Athens fifth annual Veterans Day parade.

The events were just the first of many events in the Huntsville area to pay tribute to veterans over the next week or so. Some additional events scheduled are:

Nov. 5, 7:30-9 a.m. - Veterans Prayer Breakfast, Hogan YMCA, 130 Park Square Lane off of Hughes Road in Madison. Tickets for the breakfast are available at ymcahuntsville.org.
Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. - Heroes Week, Huntsville
Nov. 7, 3 p.m. - Welcome Home Wounded Warriors, Westin, public invited
Nov. 7, 5 p.m. - Welcome Home Wounded Warriors, Westin, public invited
Nov. 8, 4 a.m. - Revisit Korea project team departing Huntsville International Airport with Korean War veterans. Veterans are scheduled to depart at 5:35 a.m., and return at 5:09 p.m., Nov. 14.
Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m. - Huntsville/Madison County Veterans Day Dinner, Von Braun Center North Hall. Dinner tickets are available. For information call Linda Crutcher at 722-4260 or e-mail linda.crutcher@lmco.com.
Nov. 10, 10 a.m. - Huntsville/Madison County Veterans Memorial charter ceremony, Veterans Memorial Park downtown. The memorial's time capsule will be dedicated.
Nov. 10, 6 p.m. - Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Westin. Tickets are $55. For information call 213-9683, ext. 108.
Nov. 11, 5 p.m. - Veterans Day concert, First Baptist Church on Governors Drive. Everyone is invited.
Nov. 12, 9-10 a.m. - Veterans Day Breakfast, by invitation-only, Huntsville Depot Round House.
Nov. 12, 11 a.m. - Veterans Day parade, downtown Huntsville. Pre-parade activities will take place 10-11 a.m. at Veteran's Memorial Park.
Nov. 17, 10 a.m. - Huntsville/Madison County Veterans Memorial's Phase 2 dedication, Veterans Memorial Park.

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