Lt. Col. 

William Henry
Lt. Col. William Henry
This year’s speaker for the Veterans Day program is no stranger to Philadelphia.

LTC William Henry will be this year’s speaker for the program which will be held Monday at the Dewitt DeWeese Park starting at 11 a,m, In the case of bad weather, the program will be held at the Neshoba County Coliseum.

Henry served as the commanding officer for the 298th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, headquartered in Philadelphia. He served for 2 ½ years until last March. He moved to his new post as deputy chief for logistics in Jackson office. He has been in the Army National Guard since December of 1991.

“We think we have an outstanding speaker,” said organizer Ray Crocker. “Memorial Day recognizes our war dead. Veterans Day is a  day to recognize all veterans and gives us a chance to thank them for their military service to our country to keep us free.”

A native of Richton, Henry enlisted as an engineer in the Mississippi National Guard, attaining the rank of sergeant and serving until commissioning as an officer in May 1997 from the University of Southern Mississippi Army ROTC program.

Henry holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s of science in the Administration of Justice from the Southern Mississippi. LTC Henry also holds a Leadership in Homeland Security certificate from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is currently attending the United States Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa. 

Upon commissioning, LTC Henry served in the 3656TH Maintenance Company followed by assignment as Company Commander of Company B, 106 BSB, 155 ABCT. In 2003, LTC Henry was assigned as the 298TH CSB’s Operations and Intelligence Officer in Philadelphia, where he deployed in that role during the unit’s 2003-2004 rotation to Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In 2007, LTC Henry was assigned to the 106 Brigade Support Battalion first as support operations officer, then later as battalion executive officer again deploying to Iraq. Henry later served as the 184TH ESC Training Officer, USM Army ROTC Assistant Professor of Military Science, and later as the Mississippi Joint Forces Headquarters State Training Officer in Jackson.