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More Southern Miss Town Hall Meetings Announced

Feb. 21, 2013

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss Department of Athletics announced the addition of three Town Hall meetings over the next several weeks with stops scheduled for Huntsville, Ala., Birmingham, Ala., and Dallas, Texas.

Director of Athletics Jeff Hammond will make his first stop in Huntsville at the Poboy Factory (815 Andrew Jackson Way NE) on Monday, Feb., 25 with a social beginning at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and a guest speak to start at 6 p.m.

The cost of the event is $20 per person with children eating free when they share a plate with an adult. Checks for the event may be made payable to Stacy Busby, 106 Rockingham Circle, Madison, AL 35756. For more information on this event, please email smiss@salug.org.

The Town Hall meeting moves to Birmingham the following day, Tues., Feb. 26, at the Greystone Country Club beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Cost of the event is $25 with heavy hors d'oeuvres provided as well as a cash bar available.

The final event will take place Friday, March 1, in the Dallas Metroplex area at BlackFinn American Saloon (4400 Belt Line Rd., Addison, Texas 75001), beginning at 6 p.m. Blackfinn is offering $3 drinks (domestic draft, wine and well drinks) as well as $6 burgers, pizza and appetizers for this event

To RSVP for either the Birmingham or Dallas Town Hall meetings, please call Emily Dykes in the Eagle Club office at 601-266-5299.

Hammond, a former Golden Eagle quarterback and team captain, returned to his alma mater as a part of the athletic department in 2010. He was named the school's director of athletics on June, 6, 2012. He began his military career in 1978 where he rose to the rank of major general. During his military service, he commanded a division of 28,000 soldiers and their families at war for 15 months, resulting in long-term sustainable security across Baghdad, Iraq.

His professional military decorations include earning the Distinguished Service Medal twice, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star three times.

In addition, he earned the Combat Action Badge and was awarded the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Army Staff Identification badges. Over the years he deployed on four different occasions, three of which involved combat operations and one involving enforcement of the Dayton Peace Accord. His staff experience range from the Army Director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization, located in the Pentagon to include duty with the Pentagon Joint Staff, and the Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps, Germany.

Hammond and his wife Diane, who is also a Southern Miss graduate, have been married for 29 years. They have two children, Michael and Megan.

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