July 26, 2012
BURNS NAMED HEAD OF LSU MILITARY SCIENCE: Lt. Col. Lawrence M. Burns assumed duties as LSU’s professor of military science in July, coming to the university after serving as an Advanced Operations Course instructor at the Command and General Staff College and a signal observer/trainer for Operations Group Sierra as part of the Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Burns enlisted in the Louisiana Army National Guard in August 1987 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army on May 20, 1993, through the Tulane University Army ROTC program. Burns received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Orleans and a master’s degree in management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Burns initially served as a single channel radio operator as an enlisted soldier and non-commissioned officer. After commissioning, he served as a platoon leader and operations officer for 501st Signal Company at Camp Humphries, Korea; platoon leader and battalion signal officer for Headquarters Support Company, 311th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Campbell, Ky.; battalion signal officer for 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell, and 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; brigade signal officer for 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks; commander of C Company, 125th Signal Battalion at Helemano Military Reservation, Hawaii; Battalion S3 and executive officer for 1st Battalion, 309th Regiment at Fort Dix, N.J.; G6 (Communications) for 1st Corps Support Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.; Brigade S3 for the 507th Corps Support Group at Fort Bragg; and future operations plans officer for the Counterinsurgency Center, Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., before becoming the Advanced Operations Course instructor at the Command and General Staff College and a signal observer/trainer for Operations Group Sierra as part of the Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Korea Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Citation, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge and the RANGER tab.
Burns is married to the former Evelyn Moffat, and they have three sons, Michael, Ryne and Jacob.
EMORY UNIVERSITY GRADUATIONS: The following received a degree from Emory University in Atlanta on May 14: Adam Grenier, Baton Rouge, bachelor of business administration; Claire Kappa, Baton Rouge, doctor of medicine; Kate Larrowe, Brusly, bachelor of arts; Roy Mossy III, Bush, bachelor of business administration; and Lenora Higginbotham, Leesville, doctor of medicine.
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX GRADUATION: Linda Smith Chaney, formerly of Baton Rouge, graduated from the University of Phoenix in Colorado Springs, Colo., on July 7 with a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She is the daughter of Ruby and Dale Smith, of Baton Rouge.
GREMILLION HONORED: Diane McDonald Gremillion, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Gremillion, of Lafayette, and a graduating senior at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn., received a Sally Green Hart and Larry A. Hart Citation for her contribution to community on Prize Day held on June 1.
Gremillion’s citation read, in part, “She has brought that same enthusiasm and high spirit to all of her endeavors as sixth form representative on the Judicial Committee, staff reporter for The News, member of the Choate Mentoring Program, and member of the Choate Rosemary Hall Orchestra. On the cross country course last fall, Gremillion improved her time on our home course and deservedly won an Honorable Mention for the Coaches’ Award for Sportsmanship and Enthusiasm. In the classroom, her insights into art history and literature have been invaluable to class discussions. She is deeply invested in her beliefs about community and justice, and from this she derives her own wonderful strength of character and capacity for goodness.”
Gremillion will attend the University of Richmond in the fall.
GLEN OAKS HIGH SCHOOL: The Class of 1972 will hold a 40-year reunion from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Nottoway Plantation ballroom in White Castle. Cost is $75 per person.
To register, call (225) 664-3321 by July 26. Mail payments to GOHS Reunion, P.O. Box 86081, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Make checks payable to GOHS Reunion. Members of any class from 1970-74 are welcome.
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