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​Lt. Col. Ellis Hopkins ’01G on duty overseas

PC’s ROTC to Honor Veterans in Ceremony

Providence, R.I.--The Army ROTC Patriot Battalion at Providence College will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday, November 9, at 3:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Grotto on campus.

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

The ceremony will be streamed live at 

The guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Ellis Hopkins ’01G of the Rhode Island Army National Guard (RIARNG), a former assistant professor of military science at PC.

Hopkins commanded a mountain-infantry company for 22 months and previously served as commander of the 243rd Regiment (Regional Training Institute) of the RIARNG.

He was deployed to the Horn of Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Horn of Africa and with the 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.

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 PC in 2001. During 2010-11, 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 at Harvard University. 

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

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