Baghdad occupation focus of 2013 Veterans Roundtable

October 25, 2013

The Occupation of Baghdad is the topic of the annual Emporia State University Veterans Roundtable during the All Veterans Tribute celebrating the city of Emporia’s role as the Founding City of Veterans Day.

From May 2003 to February 2004 retired Lt. Col. Kevin West served in Baghdad as an operations office for the 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery. During the deployment, personnel in West’s unit were responsible for securing fixed sites, patrolling, securing detainees, working with Iraqi political parties, supporting Special Forces and securing and supporting numerous diplomatic facilities.

West’s presentation at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 in the Preston Family Room in the Memorial Union is free. The event is sponsored by Emporia State’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Social Science as well as the Lyon County Historical Society Archives and Museum.

Emporia’s All Veterans Tribute runs from Nov. 3 through 12 and includes art exhibits, movies and a parade. For more information, see http://www.emporiakschamber.org/custom2.asp?pageid=895.

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