Oak Ridge resident Jason B. Rutledge, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, has received the Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellorâ€™s Commendation for Military Veterans.
The commendation was conferred in the form of a specially designed Challenge Coin, and Rutledge, 47, was nominated for the honor by Roane State Community College President Chris Whaley, a press release said.
Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora W. Tydings established the commendation in 2020 to honor the â€œservice, bravery, and sacrifices of veterans in campus communities,â€ according to a TBR news release.
One veteran from each of Tennesseeâ€™s 37 community and technical colleges was chosen in 2021 for the annual honor.
Challenge coins are a tradition in all branches of the military and signify â€œspecial achievement, excellence, hard work, unit pride, respect, and esprit de corps,â€ according to the news release.
Recipients of the Chancellorâ€™s Commendation â€œrepresent the spirit and values of our collegesâ€”student success, academic excellence, courage in adversity, and service to campus and community,â€ Tydings said.
Rutledge was a law enforcement officer while in the Coast Guard. He said he was also trained as a diesel mechanic and a canine behavior instructor. He and his wife Angie are the parents of two sons, Austin and Justin.
Rutledge said heâ€™s studying mass communications at Roane State, and heâ€™s expected to receive his associate degree at the conclusion of the 2023 spring semester.
Heâ€™s planning to then transfer to the University of Tennessee and seek a bachelorâ€™s degree.
For now, he said, â€œMy full-time job is learning.â€
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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