Dr. Alex Vernon Lecture

SALEM, Va.- A panel of Iraq War veterans will share their experiences and perspectives on the Iraq War Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m. in Roanoke College's Colket Center Wortmann Ballroom. The public is invited to attend at no charge. This is the third event in the Donald L. Jordan Endowment for the Humanities lecture series, "Local Effects of a Distant War."

The panel will include two Roanoke College alumni as well as others who served in Iraq. One of the panelists, Tonya Markin who now works in Roanoke, spent five months in Kuwait, and made several missions into Iraq in her role in an ammunition supply company. Markin will share her insights concerning the roles of women serving in the military. Another panelist, Richard Barnett, is currently assigned at Camp Pendleton, California. As an Independent Duty Corpsman, Barnett was deployed to Iraq with the Third Battalion of the First Marines. His unit was involved in the entire assault through Iraq all the way to Baghdad, then involved in the initial pacification of Baghdad itself. A photo of Barnett cradling an Iraq child whose mother had just been shot in Central Iraq on March 29, 2003, was featured on the front page of The New York Times and in other newspapers across the world the following day and later appeared on the cover of Parade magazine.

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