The United States Marine Corps will be celebrating their 224th birthday on November 8. The public is invited to a free speaking event hosted by the Marine Corps Veterans of Western Kansas at Garden City Community College’s Pauline Joyce Auditorium at 10 a.m. Colonel Scott Whitaker, a retired marine, will be presenting.
Colo. Whitaker retired from the Marine Corps in July 2015 following more than 31 years of service. Prior to retirement, his last assignment was a Headquarter Marine Corps as a special project officer, installations and logistics, after returning from Afghanistan in November 2014. He is a graduate of Neshaminy High School, PA and received a bachelor of science degree in ocean engineering from the US Naval Academy in 1988.
Whitaker has been stationed and served overseas in several places such as Japan, Australia, the Caribbean Sea, Bahrain and Afghanistan. In 2004 he became an executive officer where he conducted a deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit to Iraq during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in the summer of 2004 to May 2005.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with two gold stars, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, and the Air Medal with bronze five and gold star. Whitaker is married to his wife, Debby, and they have three children.
For more information, please contact Leonard Hitz at 620-275-1650.