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CLA thanks and recognizes student veterans

As Veteran's Day approaches, the College of Liberal Arts would like to thank and recognize our student veterans. 

"Our student veterans are uniquely positioned for academic achievement and success at Auburn. This is due to their military training, work ethic, personal characteristics, and steadfast commitment," College of Liberal Arts Dean Joseph Aistrup said. "I applaud and respect their bravery and dedication." 

Andrea Young, CLA advisor and liaison for the Veteran’s Resource Center, said she reached out to the students because she wanted to acknowledge them. "I thought it would be a great way to highlight them and say thank you to our CLA student veterans." 

Meet a few of our student veterans, below: 

Heather RalsonHeather Ralson holding an N sign to spell out Auburn

Name: Heather Ralson
Branch of service: United States Air Force
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

What does being an Auburn student and veteran mean to you?
Being an Auburn student means being a part of something bigger than myself just like I was when I served. We are one big family here, and no matter what I know I have people here that will always have my back.

What do you plan to do once you graduate?
Right now, I am planning on working with a Veteran nonprofit and help those who can’t help themselves. I am also looking into federal employment.

 

Jake PriceJake Price in front on plane

Name: Jake Price
Branch of service: United States Marine Corps
Major: Professional Flight

What does being an Auburn student and veteran mean to you?
Being a student veteran at Auburn is a unique privilege given that I wouldn't have had this opportunity without serving. I'm thankful for being able to go through a prestigious program that will help to set me up with my dream career in aviation.

What do you plan to do once you graduate?
I plan to continue building up my flight hours and experience and get on with any corporate, regional airline, or any general operation in need of pilots that's the most fitting opportunity for me.

What additional information would you like us to know about you or your service?
I served 4 years in the Marines in the aviation wing. I was stationed at VMM-774, a V-22 Osprey Squadron in Norfolk, Virginia. We helped support SEAL training in the local area, disaster relief, and Marine Special MAGTAF deployments. I reached the rank of sergeant and decided to use my military benefits to pursue a job in aviation on the outside.

 

Chris TillotsonChris Tillotson sitting on ledge

Name: Chris Tillotson
Branch of service: United States Marine Corps
Major: Professional Flight

What does being an Auburn student and veteran mean to you?
I’m beyond grateful to be a part of a prestigious school, especially one with such a supportive veteran community.

What do you plan to do once you graduate?
I plan to fly in the commercial field, specifically a private jet company like my Dad.

What additional information would you like us to know about you or your service?
I served five years in the greatest fighting force in the world. Along the way there were many ups and downs, but it was all worth it due to the group of lifelong brothers that I created. Semper Fi.

 

Gentry OsborneGentry Osborne standing in front of Auburn football stadium

Name: Gentry Osborne
Branch of service: United States Marine Corps
Major: Professional Flight

What does being an Auburn student and veteran mean to you?
I am thankful to have had the privilege to serve my country and I am thankful to have the opportunity to be a student at Auburn.

What do you plan to do once you graduate?
I plan to pursue a career in commercial aviation.

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