|Local Army vet to give Veterans Day speech |
|Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 9:02 pm |
| In honor of the nation’s veterans, the University of Tennessee at Martin Non-Traditional Student Association will host guest speaker 1st Sgt. Christ Cummings at noon Thursday in Watkins Auditorium of Boling University Center. |
Born and raised in North Dakota, Cummings enlisted in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps in 1989. He was stationed in Germany during the collapse of the Berlin Wall and manned the historic Checkpoint Charlie.
In 1994, Cummings was sworn in as a police officer for the Union City Police Department, where he still works today as a criminal investigator.
He also enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard as a heavy equipment operator, serving out of the Union City armory.
In 2004, he completed the Army’s paralegal school and was transferred to the 194th Engineer Brigade in Jackson. That same year, the unit was deployed to Iraq. In 2009, Cummings was promoted to sergeant first class just before another deployment to Iraq.
Thursday’s event at UT Martin is free and open to the public. Published in The Messenger 11.9.11