Tickets are still available for the third annual Military Ball, hosted by the Washington NJROTC Boosters.
The dinner will take place Saturday, Feb. 3, at the KC Hall, Washington. The program will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner being served at 6 p.m.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Washington NJROTC@firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ticket prices are $50 for veterans and active military, $65 for civilians
Formal attire is encouraged, and military personnel are requested to wear their dress uniforms if possible.
This year’s guest speaker will be Col. Laura Dawson, who was commissioned in 1988 through the University of North Alabama ROTC program.
She attended the quartermaster officer basic course at Fort Lee, Va., with a follow up assignment to Camp Humphreys, Korea, where she served as Platoon Leader for the 348th Supply and Support Company.
Dawson was then assigned to the 277th Quartermaster Company at Fort Jackson, S.C., as executive officer. She was then deployed to Southwest Asia supporting Desert Storm. Assigned to the 800th Military Police Brigade, she served as S4 for a prison camp holding 24,000 personnel near Hafr Al Batin, Saudi Arabia.
Upon return to Fort Jackson, she acted as commander for C Company, 3/61st Infantry Battalion. She was selected for a branch transfer to Aviation, Fort Rucker, Ala.
Following flight school, she returned to Camp Humphreys as executive officer for the A Company, 3/501st Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Company. After coming back from Korea, the aviation branch opened female options for cavalry aircraft transitions.
Dawson completed the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior attack/cavalry helicopter transition course and was the first female assigned a US Army Cavalry unit.
Initially she was assigned as an assistant S3 to the 4th Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, then she was selected to serve as the first female troop commander. After relinquishing command of P Troop, 4th Squadron of the 2nd ACR, she moved to Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Ga., where she took over as the production control officer for K Company, 1/159st Aviation Regiment then later moved to the 3rd Infantry Division Aviation Regiment to become brigade S4 and budget officer.
She served as the Task Force S4 during the 3rd Aviation Regiment’s deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Desert Thunder. Her next assignment was at Fort Gillem, Ga., where she was assigned to the First Army G3 Plans and Training Division. Leaving active duty, she took a position with A Company, 1/159th Attack (AH-64) Helicopter Battalion in Columbia, S.C.
In 2002, she started medical school in Kansas City and returned to a Reserve Officer status in the Medical Service Corps. After completing medical school, she returned to active duty as a Medical Corps officer and matched into an orthopaedic residency position, William Beaumont Army Medical Center/Texas Tech University Medical Center in El Paso.
Dawson completed fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y.
Dawson was then assigned to Blanchfield Army Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky. From Fort Campbell, she deployed with the 759th Forward Surgical Team to Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan. Upon returning, she took over as the chief, Department of Surgery at Blanchfield Army Hospital at Fort Campbell.
Col. Dawson is currently serving as an Orthopaedic Team Physician for the United States Military Academy Women’s Soccer team and as the deputy commander, Clinical Services for the Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point, N.Y.
Col. Dawson completed Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., the Aerial Delivery Course (Rigger) at Fort Lee, Va., Initial Entry Rotary Wing course at Fort Rucker, Ala., Aviation Advance Officer Course, and the Maintenance Test Pilot Course, Fort Rucker.
Dawson is married to Samuel R. Dawson, a retired U.S. Army Aviator and current commercial airline pilot. They have two children, Sydney (USMA 2021), and Joe who is in his senior year of high school, and has committed to the U.S. Navy.