Educator and retired Army Lt. Col. Mark Bollman, Bedford County Vocational Technical School director, will be the keynote speaker at Bedford County’s Veterans Day services 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at the Six Mile Run American Legion Post 556.
Bollman said his address will look at Veterans Day from a historical perspective, especially as this year marks 100 years since the armistice to end World War I. Bollman said he also will talk about veterans through the years.
Bollman, who joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1981 as a rifleman, is a 1984 graduate of the Pennsylvania Military Academy Officer Candidate School, where he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Advance, and the Command and General Staff College.
During his military career, Bollman held the positions of rifle platoon leader, company commander and various staff officer positions at both battalion and brigade level and battalion commander.
In 2003, he was called to active duty for two years and in 2006, Bollman retired from the military with his last duty assignment as a brigade commander.
Bollman previously served as a teacher, principal and later as superintendent in the Tussey Mountain School district. He is a Six Mile Run native. Bollman and his wife, Louann, reside in Everett and have two sons, Tyler and Drew.