The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6073 and American Legion’s annual Veterans Day Program will be held on Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. at the Collins Intermediate School auditorium.
The guest speaker for the program is Command Sergeant Major Billy R. Counts. Counts is a native of Paint Rock and entered military service in 1990. Upon completion of Military Police One Station Unit Training at Ft. McClellan, he served in a variety of positions within the Military Police Corps.
CSM Counts has served in the military for nearly 30 years. He has been stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Heidelberg, Germany; Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Bliss, Texas; Yongsan, South Korea; Fort Bragg, NC; and Kandahar, Afghanistan. He is currently assigned as the Garrison Command Sergeant Major at the United States Army Garrison at Redstone Arsenal.
CSM Counts has achieved several awards and decorations in his career. He has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; the Humanitarian Service Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; NATO Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, United Nations Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Senior Parachutist Badge. His foreign awards include: the Chilean Parachutist Badge, the German Parachutist Badge and the German Army Qualification Badge. Counts is also a member of the Military Police Corps Order of the Marechaussee, the Sergeant Morales Club and the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
Counts’ hobbies include woodworking, truck restoration, shooting, camping and motorcycle riding.
CSM Counts currently resides in Meridianville with his wife of 25years, the former Birgit Thienel of Rodental, Germany. They have one daughter, Patricia, and two granddaughters, Holly and Lilly.