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UCM Distinguished Alumnus to Present Keynote Address at Pre-Patriot Day Event

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 11, 2016) – An annual ceremony honoring the men and women who died and those who responded to terrorist  attacks on the United States Sept. 11, 2001 will be observed by the University of Central Missouri Friday, Sept. 9. The ceremony begins at noon near the flagpole at the quadrangle, and is open to members of the campus and local communities.

Brig. Gen.  Arnold Gordon-Bray
Brig. Gen. Arnold Gordon-Bray

This Pre-Patriot Day event is planned two days prior to the 15th year anniversary date of 9/11, and will feature U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Arnold N. Gordon-Bray (Ret.) as the keynote speaker. Other individuals representing the city of Warrensburg and the university will also participate, as well as members of the Johnson County, Warrensburg, and Whiteman Air Force Base fire departments, and community first responders. A special tribute will be performed by the Lee’s Summit High School Armed Exhibition Drill Team led by Col. Rick Milligan, United States Air Force (Ret.). Members of UCM’s Army ROTC unit and faculty leaders from the Department of Military Science and Leadership also will join in the activities. The event is being coordinated by the Office of Military and Veteran Services, and in case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Hendricks Hall, located in the Administration Building.

Brig. Gen. Gordon-Bray is a university graduate who was honored in 2012 as a UCM Distinguished Alumnus. He earned a bachelor’s degree in art from UCM plus master’s degrees from the U.S. Air War College and the Naval War College. He culminated his career in a Four-Star Headquarters in the U.S. Africa Command, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. As a military leader, he commanded at every level, ranging from a platoon of 40 men to a Brigade Combat Team of 4,500 men and women in the famed 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. He held staff positions that included the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., and the Installation Management Command, headquartered in San Antonio, for all Army bases worldwide. He is an Airborne Ranger with numerous awards and badges including the Army Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army’s highest peacetime award; the Defense Superior Service Medal; multiple Legions of Merit and two Bronze Stars.

 The Pre-Patriot Day ceremony is an opportunity for the university and local community to come together to pay its respects to the nearly 3,000 men and women who perished and nearly 6,000 individuals who were injured in the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. The worst terrorist attacks on American soil involved two airplanes that were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City; and one that crashed into the U.S. Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a fourth airplane that was being steered toward Washington, D.C., but crashed near Shanksville, Pa., as passengers tried to overcome hijackers. More firefighters and law enforcement officers died in these events than in any other single event in U.S. history.

For more information, contact Delilah Nichols, coordinator of Military and Veteran Services, at 660-543-8977 or email