Benjamin Logan High School student government leaders slated to host annual Veterans Day event


On Friday, November 10 local veterans and their families are invited to Benjamin Logan High School for what has become a tradition of honoring our men and women in uniform, past, present, and future.

A pancake and sausage breakfast prepared by Chris Cakes of Ohio and served by BLHS Student Government leaders will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the high school commons followed by the Honoring Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. in the high school gymnasium.

Students in grades 5-12 will be in attendance at the event.

Veterans and guests are asked to RSVP by calling 937-592-1666 with their name, branch of service, and number of guests.

RSVP may also be emailed to [email protected].

Two featured speakers will headline the event.

Master Sergeant (MSG) Joshua L. Shields is a 2001 graduate of Bellefontaine High School and currently resides in West Mansfield with his Wife Abbey and daughters Madison and Marley.

MSG Shields served in the Ohio Army National Guard from 2001-2021 as a combat engineer in Ohio’s 16th Engineer Brigade.

He served overseas on a deployment in Iraq from December 2003 to March 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Kuwait from June 2020 to May 2021 in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

Also, MSG Shields served on two humanitarian missions in Central America: in 2001 in Nicaragua and 2002 in Panama, where construction teams built public school buildings and restrooms for tribal communities.

MSG Shields works for the Ohio Division of Wildlife as a law enforcement supervisor in central Ohio, where his agency specializes in wildlife law enforcement and environmental crimes.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Hume grew up in the small town of Canal Fulton, Ohio. He graduated from Kent State University in 1994 and was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

Colonel Hume spent 21 years on active duty as an Intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, and five years as an intelligence corps civilian.

He held a top-secret clearance for over 23 years and has conducted intelligence operations in air, space, and cyberspace, including several combat deployments.

Also an educator, he taught a Master’s degree program at the Air Command and Staff College, where he was invited to be a guest instructor at The NATO School and Germany’s Military Leadership Academy.

Colonel Hume now resides here in Logan County with his wife, Kim, and daughter, Meghan–and their three dogs, cat, rabbits, and foxes.

Along with the speakers, the Benjamin Logan High School band and choir will be performing their best patriotic tunes.