HCI will honor Veterans, families and the Military during its annual Hamilton Awards Dinner scheduled for at ISU's Hulman Center.

Tuesday October 23, 2012, Hamilton Center, Inc. will honor Veterans, families and the Military during its annual Hamilton Awards Dinner scheduled for at ISU's Hulman Center, 200 N. 8th St., Terre Haute. The dinner will begin at 6:00 pm and the program at 7:00 pm. Reservations are still available and can be made by contacting the office of the CEO (812) 231-8317 or kskinner@hamiltoncenter.org. The cost is $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight.

This year's keynote speaker will be Brigadier General Jeffery Hauser, Air, Indiana National Guard. General Hauser is the Assistant Adjutant General - Air, Indiana National Guard. He also serves as the Indiana Joint Force Headquarters Air Component Commander.

He has the overall responsibility for the organization, training and equipage of the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne (A-10), the 181st Intelligence Wing in Terre Haute, the Atterbury Air-to-Ground Gunnery Range in Edinburgh, Jefferson Air-to-Ground Gunnery Range in Madison, the 207th Weather Flight in Indianapolis and has direct supervision of the Indiana Joint Force Headquarters staff. He serves as a principal advisor to The Adjutant General on all programs and operations affecting the Indiana Air National Guard ensuring both federal and state mission readiness.

General Hauser began his military career in April 1980, enlisting in the Indiana Air National Guard as a Weapons Loader. After graduating from the Academy of Military Science, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1986. His distinguished service with the 181st Fighter Wing and 181st Intelligence Wing included assignment as Weapons Systems Operator, Instructor Pilot, Chief of Plans, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, Chief of Safety, Operations Group Commander, Maintenance Group Commander and Wing Commander. His aviation career includes more than 2,000 hours flying and instructing in the F-16, F-4, T-38, and T-37.

Katherine Hamilton was a woman passionately dedicated to the cause of mental health and quality care for people with mental illnesses. In her memory, Hamilton Center, Inc. annually selects individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the cause of mental health. To recognize their contributions, the Hamilton Awards were instituted by the Board of Directors of Hamilton Center, Inc. All nominees will be recognized at the event and winners will be announced. Awards will be presented to people, businesses, or industries that have demonstrated outstanding interest and support to the cause of mental health and the care of people with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and/or addiction problems.

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