DeForest Area High School Student Council members will sponsor their annual Veterans Day assembly on Wednesday, November 11 in the high school gym. The event is open to high school students and community members to honor all military veterans. Students will learn why Americans celebrate the Veterans Day holiday and honor those who have served or lost their lives in the line of duty.
The public may use the PAC (circle drive) entrance, with parking on the west side of the building.
This year’s guest speaker is Second Lieutenant, Joshua B. Johnson. Lt. Johnson graduated in 1998 from Milton High School, in Milton, WI. He attended UW-Stevens Point as a Political Science and Mathematics major until the events of September 11, 2001 drove him to look for something more. Lt. Johnson enlisted in the Army as an Infantryman and left for Basic Training on May 23, 2006. After graduation from Basic Training and Advanced Infantry Training, he was assigned to B Company 3-7 Infantry stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He was deployed to Kuwait in January 2003 in preparation for Operation Iraqi Freedom. After 10 months he returned to Fort Stewart. During this time he was deployed to Korea for a rapid deployable exercise, multiple JRTC and NTC deployments to the swamps of Louisiana and the deserts of California, and other state-side training sites. In January 2005 his unit was again deployed to Iraq in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom for a 13-month deployment. In 2006 he left the Army to be near his father who was battling health concerns. Josh missed putting on the uniform though, and was approached with an opportunity to join the 115th Fighter Wing Wisconsin Air National Guard as a supply troop. In 2009 he accepted a full time position at the organization, and in 2010 he cross trained into Finance where he reached the rank of E-7/Master Sergeant. On December 19th, 2014 Josh earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant, also in finance.