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University of Evansville Celebrates Veterans Day 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Krannert Fine Arts Building, Wheeler Concert Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Audience: UE Campus and Evansville Community

The campus community, alumni, and friends are invited to celebrate Veterans Day on campus for our annual Veterans Day service.Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mark A. Pillar

Special Guest Speaker: Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mark A. Pillar ’71

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mark A. Pillar graduated from the University of Evansville with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1971. The general began his Air Force career while at UE through the University’s Air Force ROTC program. His first active duty Air Force assignment was at Da Nang Air Base, Republic of South Vietnam, where he served as an EC-47 pilot and flew more than 90 combat missions logging more than 600 combat hours.

General Pillar flew missions in support of operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and in the Bosnia no-fly zone. During Operation Joint Forge, he was vice commander of the 60th Air Expeditionary Wing, Rhein-Main AB, Germany. He is a command pilot with more than 5,300 hours in the C/EC-47, KC-135A/E/R, EC-135, and the E-8 aircraft.

He transitioned to the Air Force Reserves after eight years of active duty service. At the time of his military retirement in 2008, he was the mobilization assistant to the Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

As a civilian, Pillar was an airline pilot for Delta Air Lines and retired as an International 767-ER Captain. With nearly 23,000 hours of flying time, he has flown all over the world (except for Australia) in various types of aircraft.

Pillar is a very active alumnus of the University of Evansville having served two terms on UE’s Alumni Association Board of Directors, president of the Alumni Board, and just completed a term as alumni-elected trustee. He is also an active alumnus with his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE).

A light luncheon reception will be served immediately following in the lobby of Krannert Hall of Fine Arts.

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