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For Immediate Release: November 4, 2011

National Guardsman to Speak at Veterans Day Ceremony at Providence College

Providence, R.I. – In honoring our veterans of the United States military, the Patriot Battalion Army ROTC is hosting its annual Veteran’s Day ceremony on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the War Memorial Grotto, on campus.

The guest speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Ellis Hopkins ’01G of the Rhode Island Army National Guard. Lt. Col. Hopkins commanded a Mountain-Infantry Company for 22 months and previously served as the Commander, 243rd Regiment (Regional Training Institute), Rhode Island Army National Guard.

Previous assignments include Assistant Professor of Military Science, G3-Operations, and Brigade Executive Officer. He was deployed to the Horn of Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with Joint Special Operations Task Force – Horn of Africa and with Combined Joint Task Force – Phoenix, Regional Command - East, Afghanistan where he served as J3, Director of Operations and Chief of Staff for Afghan Regional Security Integration Command – East.

Lt. Col. Hopkins earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from Rhode Island College in 1987 and a master’s degree in American history from Providence College in 2001. He was selected by the U.S. Army War College to serve as a Senior Service College Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2011.

Lt. Col. Hopkins’ awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, and the Master Parachutist Badge.

In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside St. Dominic Chapel on campus. The ceremony is open to the public. 

For more information, contact Lieutenant Colonel Juan Howie at 401-865-2986 or or Lorraine Ciorlano at 401-865-2417.

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Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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