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Ex-Vergennes resident, Army commander to speak

Two graduates of Vergennes Union High School who have gone on to excel in their respective military careers will participate in the annual Vergennes Memorial Day parade, sponsored and run by American Legion Post 14.

The parade, with the theme of "never forgotten," will begin its two-mile route at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 31. At its conclusion, ceremonies will take place in Vergennes City Park. These include the laying of a wreath at the Commodore McDonough monument and readings and addresses by a variety of dignitaries.

Scheduled to return to play leading roles are two active duty military members originally hailing from the Little City-Col. Jeffrey Farnsworth, commander of the U.S. Army's First Space Brigade based in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be the guest speaker during the ceremonies. Cryptologic Technician (Technical) First Class Cassandra Foote, a leading petty officer and instructor at the Navy's Center for Information Dominance in Pensacola, Fla., is slated to serve as the Grand Marshall. Both are alumni of VUHS and, in addition, Farnsworth is a graduate of both Norwich University and the Army War College from which he holds a master's degree.

Colonel Farnsworth has been commander of the First Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / U.S. Army Forces Strategic Command since July 2008. He is responsible for the supervision of three one-of-a-kind battalions with forces forward deployed at 14 locations in seven countries providing day-to-day space support to the operational Army. Prior to his assignments within the Army Space community, he served in a variety of assignments as an U.S. Army Engineer Corps officer.

Farnsworth's personal awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with four Oak Leaf Cluster), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters).

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