A former KC-135 pilot who logged 5,000 hours during his nine years in the Air Force will be the guest speaker Monday at the Purcell High School Veterans Day Assembly.
Daniel Schwab, a native of northern Indiana, went on to a 20-year career with Hydra-Dyne Hydraulics. He retired in 2014.
Schwab graduated from New Carlisle (Ind.,) High School in 1966, entering Indiana University that fall.
He was at IU on an academic scholarship from 1966-72, graduating in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree and in 1972 with a master’s degree in business administration.
He accepted an Air Force ROTC scholarship in 1967 and was cadet commander in 1970.
Schwab was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1970. In 1972, he was sent to Vance Air Force Base at Enid for pilot training.
As a KC-135 pilot, Schwab served seven years in Maine and Texas.
During that time, he deployed twice to Southeast Asia and once to Europe.
The assembly will open at 10 a.m. with a veterans processional.
Bryce Tuck and Anoli Billy will post the colors and Matthew Dobbs will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and deliver welcoming remarks.
The high school band will perform the National Anthem, as well as the songs for each of the five branches of the U.S. military – Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Also on the program will be presentations by Hailey Day, Madi Tolle, Vivian Steiner, Susanna Cox, Linda Hurst and the Art Club.
Jade McCurdy will explain the 13 folds of the American flag.
Making closing remarks will be superintendent Jason Midkiff.
A reception and luncheon will follow the assembly.