Alliance for Veterans

  • MSU Bear

    MSU Bear statue with US flag


    MSU ROTC on early morning exercises


    MSU ROTC Commissioning Ceremony 2016

  • MSU is a Military Friendly Institution

    MSU is a Military Friendly Institution


    Classroom assembly


    Bear Battalion Repelling Excerises


    ARMY ROTC cadets on field exercises


    Bear Battalion Repelling Exercises


    ARMY ROTC cadets

MSU Honors the ROTC
"Making Our Future Leaders"
Veterans Day - November 11, 2016


Schedule of Events for November 11, 2016:

  • 8:00 am - 9:30 am - MSU Recognition Breakfast and Keynote Speaker - PSU Ballroom
    Missouri State University/Bear Battalion graduate, Lieutenant General Karen E. Dyson made Army history on August 12, 2014 when she became the first female finance officer to achieve the three star rank. We are honored to have Lt. Gen. Dyson as this year’s keynote speaker at our Veterans Day breakfast event.
  • 9:45 am - 10:30 am - Musical Performances and Taps - Patio Area between McDonald Arena and Plaster Stadium
    Musical Performances leading up to the cascade of "Taps" by the Pride Trumpet Section and community trumpeters. All are asked to pause at the sound of "Taps" to show respect for those who have sacrificed all.

Open to all MSU and Community Veterans and their guests. Please RSVP online by November 5, 2016.

About our Keynote Speaker:
Lieutenant General Dyson is the Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller). She previously served as the Military Deputy for Budget, Director of Operations and Support, Army Budget Office; and as the Director of Business Operations in the Office of Business Transformation. 

The daughter of a Special Forces Officer, LTG Dyson was commissioned into the Regular Army, Finance Branch at Southwest Missouri State University. She holds a Master in Business Administration from Austin Peay State University, and a Master of Science for National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. 

LTG Dyson commanded at all levels through brigade with command of the 266th Finance Command (FINCOM), which supported the European Theater and, during her tenure, deployed in support of the CENTCOM AOR in OIF and OEF 05-07. She also had the privilege of commanding during Operation Joint Guard/Forge, Bosnia; and Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia. 

Her resource management experience includes serving as the Chief of Staff & Comptroller, White House Military Office, The White House; and Chief of the Army Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Support Team. After brigade command, she served as Executive Officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller) and to the Under Secretary of the Army. 

LTG Dyson's awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal. She has also earned the Parachutist Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Presidential Support Badge.  

Parking and transportation

Please contact the Veteran Student Center at 417-836-6199, by November 5, 2016, to reserve your seating and for information on guest parking (Lots 7 & 14), including golf cart transportation to and from parking.

Missouri State University provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. Please detail any request for reasonable accommodation by calling (417) 836-5959.