Veterans Involved in Various Conflicts to Speak at SCF Venice

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 31, 2017) — The History & Political Science Club and the Student Veterans of America Club at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will feature four veterans in a discussion about U.S. involvement in foreign conflicts. The panel discussion will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 in the Selby Room, Building 800, SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail.

Guest speakers are: Tom “Skip” Hannon, who served in the Korean War; Mack Rogers, Jr., who served in Vietnam, Nadine Noky who served in Iraq and James Hargrove who served in Afghanistan. Michael Rogers, an SCF history professor, will moderate the panel discussion.

Hannon, author of “Land of the Morning Calm,” served in Korea from March 1952 to May 1953. A recipient of the Purple Heart, he was named Manatee County Veteran of the Year in 2012.

Rogers served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He retired from the Army in 1995 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was recalled to active duty briefly in 1990 during Operation Desert Storm. He has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star for Valor awarded in Vietnam. Rogers recently retired as a senior partner with a large insurance agency in Houston, Texas and is teaching courses in insurance and risk management at the University of Houston.

Noky served five years in the Army and spent time as an Army Heliport Operations clerk in Baghdad. She also served a stint as an assistant to the Criminal Investigation Command at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia. Noky founded Lady Brigade, an apparel design company that targets female veterans. She’s been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” MSNBC, and was recently highlighted in Biz941. She’s also fostering a community for women veterans in Venice.

Hargrove, who was deployed to Afghanistan, served twenty years in the US Air Force, retiring in 2016 with the rank of Technical Sergeant. He served numerous tours including Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Joint Endeavor and Operation Joint Guard, in addition to humanitarian mission. He attends SCF and serves as the vice president of the Students Veterans Club at SCF Venice.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact Rogers at or 941-408-1485. 

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