Blackbird pilot, Adjutant General help TROY honor nation’s military

Posted: Thursday, 05 November 2015

TROY - Troy University will honor the nation's military during its football game against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 7 in Veterans Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for the game is set at 2:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN3.

Since 2000, the University has designated one home football game near Veterans Day to honor both current and past members of the armed forces. This year's game also honors TROY alumni Maj. Gen. Perry Smith, Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard, and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Ed Yielding, a SR-71 Blackbird pilot who set the Coast-to-Coast speed record.

"Troy University is proud to have served the men and women of the United States military for more than 60 years," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. "We have graduated thousands of military men and women and have thousands of current students or alumni serving in harm’s way. We are proud of their service and pleased to be able to honor them and celebrate their service in this way."

Active-duty members of the military will receive free admission to the game in advance at on-base locations or by showing their military ID at the Troy Ticket Office. Friends and families may purchase a discounted ticket for $8 using code "MIL" at either, by phone at (877)878-WINS (9467), or in person at the Troy Ticket Office.

TROY's Sound of the South Marching Band will present a special military tribute, a special swearing-in ceremony will be led by Maj. Gen. Smith, and Lt. Col. Yielding will be honored on the field. In addition, TROY for Troops scholarship winners will be announced and a memorial wreath will be laid by members of the Veterans Alumni Chapter. Lockheed Martin will present a donation for scholarships during the game.

A special presentation by Lt. Col. Yielding will kick off the weekend’s Military Appreciation festivities at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6 in the Davis Field House Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public, and focuses on the SR-71 Blackbird and its pivotal role in winning the Cold War.

Troy University has a long history of service to the military and is consistently ranked among the top military friendly institutions by organizations such as and Military Advanced Education. In addition to the creation of the TROY for Troops Center, a one-stop center for military students to access University services and problem resolution, the University has become one of only two universities in the state to offer a Veterans Success program, placing Veterans Administration counselors on campus and within easy reach of student veterans.

In 2012, the University announced the endowment of two TROY for Troops scholarships, benefitting dependents of U.S. military men and women killed in the line of duty. Donation to the TROY for Troops scholarship fund can be made by contacting the Office of Development at (334)670-3108 or online at the "Support TROY" link on