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NMSU ROTC to host community events for Military and Veterans Appreciation Week

New Mexico State University?s Air Force and Army ROTC will host several events, including a run, recruiting day and veteran?s dinner, as part of New Mexico State University?s first-ever Military and Veterans Appreciation Week, Nov. 7-13.


On Sunday, Nov. 8, NMSU ROTC will hold the Armed Forces 5K End Zone Dash. This obstacle course run begins at 7:30 a.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Day-of registration begins at 6 a.m., and online registration is available at http://mvp.nmsu.edu/5k/. Registration is $20 per person, and trophies will be awarded to the top three male and female participants.

On Friday, Nov. 13, the departments will host an ROTC recruiting day from 8-11:30 a.m. outside of Young Hall on the NMSU campus. The event will include displays, games, demonstrations from BMX stunt riders, a climbing wall and information tables.

Later that day, Air Force ROTC will host their annual Veterans Heritage Dinner at 6 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.

?This is a way for the cadets to recognize and honor Veterans in our midst who sometimes fly under the radar,? said Lt. Col. Jeremiah Klomp, NMSU Air Force ROTC commander and professor of aerospace studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The event is designed, organized, coordinated and executed by the Air Force ROTC cadets. The students run the event through their chartered Arnold Air Society club, a service organization with chapters across the United States. The cadets raise funds for this event throughout the year, both through active efforts, such as selling concessions at football games, as well as donations.

?What a great way to give back to the community, honor those who are still with us and remember those who have gone before,? Klomp said. ?I applaud the tremendous efforts of the David W. Wallace chapter of the Arnold Air Society for leading this very worthy cause.?

Free tickets are provided to as many veterans as possible through the donations, fundraising efforts and sponsorships. Supporters are welcome to attend the event and sponsor a seat or a table.

Tickets are $30 for students and veterans, and $40 for the general public. This is a semi-formal event with a sit-down meal served to guests. All proceeds will benefit local chapters of the Disabled American Veterans.

For ticket information, contact Air Force ROTC at 575-646-2136.

For more information on the week?s events visit http://mvp.nmsu.edu/military-and-veterans-appreciation-week/.