Two veterans to speak at WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND – Two veterans will talk about their experiences in the military at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the West Building Atrium, 2710 University Drive in the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

The event is sponsored by the Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities. Admission is free and open to the public.

The veterans who will be speaking are:

— Capt. John A. Butterfield, U.S. Navy. He spent more than 30 years as a naval aviator, with service during the Cold War, Vietnam, Cuban Missile Crisis, and during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. He was the commanding officer for Naval Air Stations in Greece and Guam, and finished his career as the Chief of Staff for Naval aviation across the West Coast and the Pacific Ocean. Butterfield now works at Malley’s Pharmacy in Richland and serves on the Richland Parks & Recreation Commission.

— Lt. Col. David L. “Duke” Mitchell, U.S. Air Force. He served 20 years in active duty, retiring in 1993. His last duty assignment was as the Base/Wing and Alaskan Air Command Comptroller at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. Mitchell lives in Richland and has a 14-year career as a financial analyst for several Department of Energy contractors at the Hanford site.

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