Exercise Tiger Association will honor army officers, veterans at banquet

Thursday, September 15, 2011 | 4:28 p.m. CDT; updated 4:35 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 15, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Exercise Tiger Association will honor a local combat surgeon and a volunteer organizer at its annual "Adopt A Serviceman" banquet Friday at the Columbia Country Club.

The association, which awards army officers and veterans, will honor John Markley, a surgeon at Truman Veterans Hospital, for his services in combat surgery in Iraq.

The association will also honor Neil Riley, a Columbia Sunrise Southwest Rotary member, for his work in organizing Columbia for Joplin, an event that brought roughly 650 volunteers to Joplin in August to help with clean up following the May tornado.

The banquet will feature keynote speaker Army Brigadier General Mark W. Corson, who has been in military service since 1983.

The association will also be giving the Combat Canine Award to Filo, a German shepherd that will be honored for its service.

The banquet is open to the public. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased ahead of time. To purchase, call Susan C. Haines, national director of the Exercise Tiger Association, at 356-3093.

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