Philomath Middle School’s annual Veterans Day assembly on Thursday, Nov. 9 will feature U.S. Army Lt. Col. Thomas J. Clifford, a professor of military science at Oregon State University. The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled to run from 8:10 to 9:10 a.m.

Lt. Col. Thomas J. Clifford (Courtesy photo)

In addition to the speaker, the event will feature the color guard and presentations from the school choir and band.

Clifford began his military career in 1999 as a combat medical specialist in the Army. Seven years later, he earned direct commission into the Medical Service Corps as a health-care administrator. Military assignments through the years have included the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Fort Bragg in North Carolina and several other locations, including a 15-month deployment in 2007-09 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has earned numerous awards and decorations.

Later the same morning, Philomath High School will also host a Veterans Day event open to the public.