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Roland Southard

 Roland Southard

 US Army National Guard
 US Air Force National Guard


 D.O.V.E. Fund member since 2012

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Roland Southard  
Roland, a native of the Toledo area, graduated from Sylvania High School in 1969. He attended the University of Toledo to pursue a career in engineering. In January 1970, Roland joined the Army National Guard, to allow him to continue his education. He attended Army basic training in January 1971, and graduated with honors from Fort Monmouth Electronics Signal Corps in July. Roland is second generation US military veteran, son of decorated (Bronze Star, Purple Heart) WWII veteran Robert M Southard.

Roland served 15 years in the Army National Guard and transferred to the Air Force National Guard in 1985. He retired from Air Force National Guard with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant (E-8) in May 2004.

For most of Roland's civilian career he was employed by Owens Illinois (O-I), Glass Container Division, where he held various engineering positions in design, installation, and support of processs control computer systems at glass plants worldwide. Roland met his wife Celeste at Owens Illinois, and they have been married since 1991. Roland retired from O-I in March 2013.

Since his retirement, Roland has been active in various volunteer roles at his church, the community and the D.O.V.E. fund. As part of his role as a member of D.O.V.E. fund board of trustees, he has taken on a leadership role providing IT and Web Site support, and work with the Bandage Brigade.

Roland and Celeste made their first trip to Vietnam in January 2014 and he made his second trip in January 2015.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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