In a powerful ceremony on Nov. 14 attended by Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony Catanese, who made closing remarks, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dwayne McCay, faculty and staff leadership and others, Panther Battalion conducted a retirement ceremony for Army SFC Jonathan Langford, a three-time Purple Heart recipient.
Langford, a Palm Bay resident, enlisted in 1997 and later served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2005, 2009 and 2010. He was wounded each tour and suffered at least three traumatic brain injuries, the last of which came in 2010 when he and two team members were caught in the open when a grenade detonated. He was medicaly retired on June 27, 2013.
Lieutenant Colonel Troy Glassman, professor of military science and commander of Army ROTC, and himself a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, said Langford’s military career was “remarkable and honorable.”
Langford lives with his wife and two sons. He is involved in helping other combat veterans transition back into civilian life.