City of DeSoto Welcomes Brigadier General (ret.) Remo Butler as Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Vet Fest
For the last four years, the City of DeSoto has hosted an event to honor the contributions and sacrifice of our military veterans and their families on the Saturday closest to Veterans Day. This year, on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 9 am to 2 pm, we will again recognize our veterans with an event called Vet Fest. The event, which includes a special appreciation ceremony at 10 am featuring comments by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (if her schedule permits), will take place in the Blue Bonnet Rooms at DeSoto Civic Center. Jeffrey Milligan, Medical Director for the Dallas VA Medical Center will also attend.
Our keynote speaker is Brigadier General (ret.) Remo Butler. BG Butler will recount his nearly 30 year military career that began with his initial tour of duty with 2/17th Field Artillery, Camp Pelham, South Korea. After completing the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1977, he was assigned as a detachment commander in Company C, and Company A, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Panama. In 1980, he attended the Infantry Officer Advanced course and later commanded Company C, Infantry Training Group, Fort Benning, Georgia. After completing the Armed Forces Staff College he was assigned in 1988 to Special Operations Command South, Panama, as Director J3 and as a special operations plans officer. He was also a participant in OPERATION JUST CAUSE. He returned to Fort Bragg to command 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from January 1993-1995. After the War College he was assigned as Chief, Special Operations Coordination Element, XVIII Airborne Corps. BG (ret) Butler commanded the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), United States Army Special Warfare Center and School, from 1997 through 1999. He was reassigned as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1999 to 2000. He served as the Commanding General, Special Operations Command South in Puerto Rico from June 2000 to July 2003. His last Military assignment from July 2003 to July 2004 was as Chief of Staff for the United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base Tampa Florida.
Following the appreciation ceremony, representatives from the Dallas VA Medical Center will be providing blood pressure checks and flu shots for veterans along with VBA Representative, a VA Benefits Area Representative, an Appointment Scheduling Representative, Vocational Rehab, Satellite Location/Services, Dallas County Veterans Services, a representative from the Dallas County Mental Illness Court and much more. Veterans and their families are invited to meet with these and other organizations in order to receive the benefits they have earned through their service to our country.
We will also have giveaways and free entertainment provided by Forte until 2 pm. For more information, please call Kathy Jones at 972.230.9648.