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Posted by Ed Drilling on November 01, 2017.

Veterans Day is a day of reflection. Reflecting on our country’s past. Reflecting on where we are today. And, most importantly, reflecting on those who fought for our freedoms.

AT&T has a long history of supporting our military and First Responders. We’ve committed to hiring 20,000 veterans by the year 2020. We’re also using our talents to construct a public safety broadband network called FirstNet to connect our First Responders in new ways.

On Veterans Day and every day, we are thankful for our service members.

Join me this Veterans Day in thanking our heroes for their bravery and sacrifices.

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To join us in thanking a veteran or military family, share a photo, video or a simple note of gratitude on social media using #ThankOurHeroes.

We are proud to join our voices together with a message to veterans: thank you for your service!

Sincerely,

Ed Drilling
President — AT&T Arkansas

Jan Collier
VP & General Manager — AT&T Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri & Oklahoma


 

 United States Air Force Veteran Staff Sergeant Monte StringfellowAwarded Sixth Annual $2,500 AT&T War Memorial Scholarship

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Monte Stringfellow of Horatio, Ark. recently received the sixth annual AT&T War Memorial Scholarship administered by Arkansas Community Foundation. Stringfellow achieved the rank of U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant and served as an aircraft mechanic working on C-130H cargo planes at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, and A10 Warthogs and F16 Fighting Falcons at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. He also held temporary assignments in Great Britain, Greece and Africa and Canada.

Stringfellow, who is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and Health and Fitness at the University of Arkansas – Cossatot, was honored during halftime at the August 31st University of Arkansas Razorback game at War Memorial Stadium.

“The AT&T War Memorial Scholarship is helping me advance lifelong interests,” said Monte Stringfellow. “I appreciate AT&T’s commitment to helping veterans pursue their academic goals.”

AT&T established the scholarship at the Community Foundation in 2011 to support Arkansas veterans seeking higher education. The $2,500 scholarship honors Arkansas’ 25 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and is awarded annually to a veteran of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services who will attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university in Arkansas.

"The AT&T War Memorial Scholarship and an extensive hiring initiative are two ways we recognize those who have nobly served,” said Ed Drilling, president of AT&T Arkansas. "We value the skills and diversity that veterans bring to the workforce, that’s why AT&T has committed to hiring 20,000 veterans by 2020. By providing the scholarship, we are honored to be able to assist Arkansas veterans as they pursue careers outside of the military.”

During the halftime scholarship presentation, AT&T also recognized the centennial of World War I, which marked the construction of Camp Pike now known as Camp Robinson. Construction began in June 1917 and concluded that November. Over 10,000 workers were employed in the construction of the camp. It served as training post for the 87th Division of the National Army. A total of 22, 291 soldiers received infantry training at Camp Pike and were sent overseas. Today, it continues to serve units of the Arkansas National Guard.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Great War and the construction of Camp Robinson, AT&T External Affairs Manager Ronnie Dedman presented Brigadier General Kirk Van Pelt, Arkansas National Guard Assistant Adjutant General for Operations, with a World War I commemorative medallion. The silver coin, which was used in the opening coin toss, is one of only 1,000 coins minted.

Applications for the 2018 AT&T War Memorial Scholarship will be accepted Feb. 1 through April 1, 2018. Guidelines and eligibility requirements are available online now at arcf.org/veteran. In order to qualify, an applicant must:

arrowBe a veteran of the U.S. Armed Services
arrowBe a current resident of Arkansas
arrowPlan to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university in Arkansas
arrowDemonstrate financial need, community leadership and potential to succeed
in college

Visit arcf.org/veteran for more information.

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