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Veteran's Day Ceremony

Date and Time
Friday November 10, 2017 11:00am
 
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Veterans Day Image

Guest Speaker, Bill Davis

Bill DavisBill has been a deputy sheriff with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office for more than eight years, currently serving as the public information officer. He also served nearly 21 years in the U.S. Navy as a journalist and public affairs officer. He has received numerous awards for his broadcasting, photography and public affairs skills – most notably being honored as the Broadcaster of the Year for the U.S. Navy in the 1994 Chief of Information Merit Awards and for the Department of Defense in the 1994 Thomas Jefferson Awards. He was born at Barksdale Air Force base where his father served in the Air Force. His grandfather was a Sailor in WWII, and two of his brothers served in the Navy. Bill, a 1982 graduate of Byrd High School, enlisted in the Navy in 1987 and graduated #1 of 31 students in his journalism “A” school.

He served as a combat photographer, deploying world-wide, including USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59) to Sevastopol, USSR; USS BELKNAP (CG 26) to cover the Malta Summit between U.S. President H. W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev; and USS BARNSTABLE COUNTY (LST 1197), USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) and USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) to cover OPERATION SHARP EDGE, the evacuation of nearly 1,900 people from the war-torn coast of Liberia, Africa.

He was a television and radio broadcaster (reporter, anchor, news director and DJ) at Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Sicily. He then earned his broadcast journalism degree from The University of West Florida and headed off to Officer Candidate School, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class and commissioned a public affairs officer in 1997.

His officer assignments included Naval Training Center, Orlando; Naval Station, Rota, Spain, where he led his team to three 1st place awards in public affairs excellence and provided public affairs support onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) during the SECDEF USO Show and FOX NFL visit. He served at Navy Recruiting Command in Tennessee as the national media spokesman and with the newly-established Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO), serving as a community outreach officer for various cities around the nation.

Bill’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal with two gold stars, the Good Conduct Medal with one bronze star and various campaign and service medals and ribbons.

Upon his retirement from the U.S. Navy in June 2008 with nearly 21 years of honorable active duty service, Bill returned home and was blessed to join the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was selected and served as the president of his police academy recruit training, North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy Class 003, and was co-awarded the #1 Academic Award (in class of 39).

He has served on Patrol, Crime Prevention, and is currently the public information officer, responsible for media relations, community relations and internal information.

Bill, promoted to lieutenant in 2011, is passionate about sharing how the deputies are committed to public service and protection and the professionalism of a team that is led by Sheriff Julian Whittington. He notes, “I was blessed that God allowed me to serve my country in the United States Navy; now I am humbled to continue that service in my community at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.”

He has been married to Sheila, LSUS graduate and owner of South Bossier Counseling, for 26 years, and they have four children – Elizabeth, recent graduate of LSUS; Wesley, senior at LSU; Bradley and Kathleen, who attend schools here in Bossier Parish. His favorite pastime is tent-camping with his family in the mountains of Arkansas.

Bill is a member of various veterans’ and law enforcement organizations and public relations/ information groups and was awarded the 2015 VFW National Law Enforcement Award and Department of Louisiana VFW Gold Medal for Law Enforcement. He is a Sunday school teacher and deacon at his church, an instructor at North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy and the parish representative for the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Pension & Relief Fund.

Bill has served as the master of ceremonies and announcer for more than 30 ceremonies, including: Young Marines graduations, Veterans Parade, Crew of Centaur Mardi Gras Ball, military retirements, changes of command and various functions. He enjoys being a judge for senior projects at Bossier Parish Schools and nearly completing his M.A. in Public Policy from Liberty University.

Honoring All Who Served

Images of different branches of the military.