Members of Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets stand on the Upper Parade Ground on the Northfield, Vermont, campus on Veterans Day in 2013.

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will observe Veterans Day by conducting a Corps of Cadets review in honor of all veterans, past and present. The reviewing officer and guest speaker is Brig. Gen. John Lawlor, U.S. Army Reserve, Norwich Class (Master’s) of 2010, Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. 

Honored guests at the event will include the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston, the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere, and will feature remarks by Capt. Nicholas Schiarizzi, the 311th Captain Commanding.

Veterans, their guests and community members are cordially invited to attend the Veterans Day Observance on the Upper Parade Ground at Norwich University at 3:15 p.m. Nov. 8.

Veterans, their guests and community members are cordially invited to attend the Veterans Day Observance on the Upper Parade Ground at Norwich University at 3:15 p.m. Nov. 8.

The ceremony will include prolonged cannon fire for the Roll of Wars, a wreath laying, firing of three rifle volleys, and the playing of echo taps.

An open reception will follow the outdoor ceremony in Jackman Hall's foyer.

The uniform for this special event is the Service Class A uniform; please plan on cold weather and dress accordingly.

Brig. Gen. John P. Lawlor was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1987. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil/Construction Engineering from Central Connecticut State University. He earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Norwich University and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

In his civilian career, Lawlor is public works and facilities director for Bloomfield, Connecticut. He is married to the former Natalie Barone; they live in Connecticut.

Lawlor’s previous assignments include activation in October 1997 as part of the Combined Joint Civil Military Task Force, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina. There, he served as Aide-de-camp and then Military Assistant to Chief of NATO Operations (CCJ3). He deployed again in 2003 to Operation Iraqi Freedom to serve as Public Works Team Chief for both 4th Infantry Division and then the 1st Infantry Division, responsible for infrastructure improvement projects and Ministry coordination throughout the north-central region of Iraq. Brig. Gen. Lawlor’s command assignments include Commander, Co. B 1-102 INF (29th ID (L)); Co D 1-102 INF; Battalion Commander of 450th Civil Affairs Bn (AIRBORNE), Brigade Commander 354th Civil Affairs Brigade; Brigade Commander 308th Civil Affairs Brigade; Deputy Commanding General 63d Division(R).

Key staff assignments

Brig. Gen. Lawlor’s key staff assignments include Battalion S1 and S3-Air for 1-102 INF (29th ID (L)). He has served in various positions in the Army Reserve with the 353rd and 352nd Civil Affairs Commands, including Assistant Chief of Staff Operations G-3/5/7, Secretary of the General Staff, Assistant Plans Officer, Policy Officer, Public Works Team Chief and Civil Affairs Planning Team Chief, U.S. European Command. Brig. Gen. Lawlor was also assigned as Command Inspector General for the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (AIRBORNE).

Lawlor, a proud member of the Military Order of Cincinnatus Society, received the Winfield Scott Medal in recognition of his significant contributions to the profession of arms and the advancement of the Civil Affairs Branch.

Lawlor has also served as a regional director of the Civil Affairs Association. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with two oak-leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak-leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with three oak-leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with three oak-leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with service star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.

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Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Capt. Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). 

Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation. For information, visit:

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