County holds Memorial Day service

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Updated: June 1, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

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CWO Paul Foster (U.S. Army, Retired), who serves Little River County as Veteran Service Officer, was the keynote speaker during Monday’s Memorial Day Service at the Little River County Courthouse. Also pictured are Joe Martinez, pastor at the First Assembly of God in Ashdown, Ashdown Mayor James Sutton (behind Foster) and Little River County Judge Mike Cranford.

Little River County hosted a Memorial Day Program at noon on Monday, May 28, 2018, on the Little River County Courthouse lawn.

The service was opened by a welcome and introduction by Little River County Judge Mike Cranford.

Boy Scout Troop 102 and Pack 87 presented the colors and Ashdown Mayor James Sutton led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Following the playing of the National Anthem, Joe Martinez, pastor at the First Assembly of God in Ashdown, said a word of prayer.

Cranford then introduced CWO Paul Foster (U.S. Army, Retired), who serves the county as Veteran Service Officer.

Foster is a 24-year veteran of the United States Army. Enlisted in August 1969 and retired June 1993. He spent a total of thirteen and a half years overseas, two years in Korea, and eleven and a half years in Germany.

Foster retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 3rd Class, in the automotive maintenance field. Upon retirement, Foster has taken many challenging positions as a Government Contractor, with the longest being his stent as Project Officer for the Field Logistics Readiness Center located adjacent to the Red River Army Depot from 2000 to 2010, where the facility refurbished Army equipment.

After the facility closed, Foster took on other projects and facilities in numerous capacities, mostly as the Program Manager. He retired from Government Contracting in 2016.

Attendees bow their heads as Anthony Knudson plays ‘Taps’ to close the Memorial Day Service on Monday at the Little River County Courthouse.

Foster has been a resident of Foreman for more than 17 years and was hired as the Little River County Veteran Service Officer in March of this year.

Following the conclusion of the service, a small reception was held.