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Clarksville Chamber of Commerce to hold 24th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast on November 5th


Military Appreciation Tailgate Also Slated for 2:00pm

Clarksville Area Chamber of CommerceClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 24th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at 7:30am at the Austin Peay State University Morgan University Center.

Keynote speaker at the breakfast is retired Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston. He now serves as Director of NCO & Soldier Programs, AUSA.

Retired Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston.

Retired Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston.

At 2:00pm that afternoon, the Chamber is also hosting a Military Appreciation Day Tailgate Party at APSU’s Fortera Stadium Parking Lot prior to the 4:00pm kickoff as the Governors take on Tennessee State University.

Preston served as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army from 2004-11. He retired as the longest serving Sergeant Major of the Army with more than seven years in the position.

As Sergeant Major of the Army, Preston served as the Army Chief of Staff’s personal adviser on all soldier and family related matters, particularly areas affecting soldier training and quality of life.

He devoted the majority of his time in this position to traveling throughout the Army serving as a force provider for leaders at all levels of responsibility, overseeing soldier and unit training, manning and equipping challenges, and talking to soldiers and their families to understand their needs, personal hardships and challenges serving a Nation at war.

A native of Mount Savage, Maryland, Preston entered the Army on June 30th, 1975. Throughout his 36-year career, he served in every enlisted leadership position from cavalry scout and tank commander to his final position as Sergeant Major of the Army.

Other assignments he held as a command sergeant major were with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division; 3rd “Grey Wolf” Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; 1st Armored Division in Bad Kreuznach, Germany; and V Corps in Heidelberg, Germany. His most recent assignment prior to serving as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army was as the command sergeant major for Combined Joint Task Force 7 in Baghdad, Iraq.

“We look forward to hosting this premier event every year and are honored to welcome Sergeant Major Preston this year,” says Chamber Military Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Harris. “We take every opportunity to recognize our Veterans — we want Veterans in this community to know they are appreciated.”

The public is invited to attend the breakfast, which will include a buffet style meal and a salute to Veterans. Cost is $20.00 and you may register online at  or send your RSVP with credit card payment to Yvonne Pickering at by October 31st, 2016. Dress is business casual.

About the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce was established in 1905 to represent the interests of the business community and its membership by advancing community development, promoting the business and economic environment, and improving the welfare of the community by enhancing the quality of life in the region. Today, Chamber membership is composed of 1,625 individuals from 896 businesses and is located at 25 Jefferson Street, Suite 300.

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