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Veterans Day 2023: Special Guest Speaker


Join our Veterans+ Employee Resource Group (ERG) for a special event at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10

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Veterans Day is a day to honor and celebrate the brave men and women who have served our country. It's a time to say thank you for their service and sacrifice, and to let them know that we appreciate everything they've done to protect our freedom. 

It's so important that all of our employees who are veterans feel appreciated and valued on this important day.  Our Veterans+ Employee Resource Group (ERG) is hosting a special event that is open to all on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023. Please join us at 10 a.m. outside the Medical Center-Fort Worth in the roundabout. A flag raising will be followed by a short ceremony and refreshments inside the Atrium.

The Veterans+ ERG will also be participating in the Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Panther Island. Family and friends are encouraged to come out a line the route and enjoy the parade. The route starts in the Fort Worth Panther Island Pavilion parking lot, then participants will march down North Forest Park Blvd. along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River, and return.

For more information about our Veterans+ ERG, for veterans and supporters, here is an article on the Connect Newsroom.

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Our special guest speaker for our Veterans Day ceremony is Gordon England, who served as the 29th Deputy Secretary of Defense from January 2006 to February 2009. He previously served as the 72nd and 73rd Secretary of the Navy and as the first Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. 

Prior to joining the administration of President George W. Bush, Mr. England served as President of the General Dynamics Fort Worth Aircraft Company (later Lockheed), President of the General Dynamics Land Systems Company and as corporate Executive Vice President of General Dynamics Information Systems and Technology Sector, Ground Combat Systems Sector and the International Sector. His business career spanned over 40 years as an engineer and senior executive. 

A native of Baltimore, Mr. England graduated from the University of Maryland in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. In 1975 he earned a master's degree in business administration from the M.J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University and is a member of business, engineering and leadership honor societies. 

Mr. England has served in a variety of civic, charitable and government organizations, including serving as a city councilman; Vice Chair, national Board of Goodwill, International, the USO's Board of Governors, the Defense Science Board, the Board of Visitors at Texas Christian University and many others. 

He has been recognized for numerous professional and service contributions by multiple universities and organizations.