Saluting our Veterans

Radford University invites students, faculty and staff to join with members of the Radford community in honoring those who served our country.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Monday, Nov. 12
11 a.m. - Noon
Bonnie Auditorium

Our guest speakers will be:

  • Maj. Wendi McBride-Rentschler
    Assistant Professor of Military Science and Detachment Officer in
    charge of the Radford University Army ROTC
  • Col. J.P. Jenks '83 (retired)
    28-year veteran of the U.S. Army

Keynote Speaker

  • Lt. Col. James H. Scott III
    Commander of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant

MAJ. WENDI MCBRIDE-RENTSCHLER joined the U.S. Army 299th Forward Support Battalion as an automated logistical specialist in 1997. After attending Officer Candidate School, she was commissioned in the Quartermaster Corps in July 2004. She served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2005 to August 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Austin Peay state University and a Master of General Administration degree from Central Michigan University. She is currently assistant professor of Military Science at Radford University and detachment officer in charge of the Radford Army ROTC program.

COL. J.P. JENKS '83 retired from the U.S. Army in 2010 after 28 years of distinguished service, with posts in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Australia, Germany, Iraq, Italy and England, as well as throughout the United States. He has a Master of Science degree in strategic Intelligence from the Joint Defense Intelligence University. Currently a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, he works in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of state, where he directs music diplomacy efforts and numerous international student exchange programs in support of national foreign policy objectives.

LT. COL. JAMES H. SCOTT III, commander of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1992 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 1999. He has served tours of duty across the United States, the Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to assuming command as the 39th commander of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in June 2017, he served as the chief of plans and strategy, 20th CBRNE Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.