The 135th Corps of Cadets at Georgia Military College will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Goldstein Center for the Performing Arts.
Junior college and high school cadets will gather to pay tribute to the life and teachings of the civil rights leader and his great accomplishments of promoting equality and justice for all.
The guest speaker for the ceremony will be Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, Commander of the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon.
Patterson graduated from Norfolk State University in 1982, receiving his commission as a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps and earning a bachelor’s of science degree in mass communications. He holds a master’s of science degree in general administration from Central Michigan University, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
In July 2006, he assumed duties as the special assistant to the commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces, Korea. In 2007 he served as the chief, Portfolio Management Division, Governance Acquisition and Chief Knowledge Office Directorate, Office of the Army CIO/G-6, and in 2008, as deputy commanding general, 9th Signal Command (Army), Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
Patterson’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Order of National Security Merit-Samil Medal (presented by order of the President of the Republic of Korea).