Navy Commander Ayers ’98: Please Don’t Just Thank Me For My Service
In observance of Veterans Day, on Thursday, Nov. 9, Assumption College will host an alumni guest speaker at 4 p.m., who will offer a lecture titled “Please Don’t Just Thank me for my Service” in the Salon, in the La Maison building on the College’s campus, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester.
“People will often say, ‘Thank you for your service’ and it ends the conversation and consequently, the interaction,” said Commander Aaron Ayers, ’98. “While well-intentioned, such statements don’t bridge the disconnect between veterans and the citizens they took an oath to protect. Veteran’s Day is an opportunity to go beyond statements such as ‘Thank you for your service’ and facilitate a conversation so both sides can better connect.”
U.S. Navy Commander Aaron K. Ayers ‘98 earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at Assumption, a Master of Business Administration from Boston College, and a Master of National Security Studies from the Naval War College. In addition to multiple staff and shore tours over his 19-year career, Commander Ayers’s operational assignments include tours onboard USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6) and USS PORT ROYAL (CG-73) as well as Executive Officer DLA Support Team-Iraq. He reported to the COLUMBIA Class Submarine Program Office in Washington, D.C., in July 2016 as Deputy Product Support Manager.
He and his wife, Meghan ‘01, live with their two daughters outside of Washington, D.C.
“Assumption’s strong commitment to the community includes honoring, and remembering, those who have selflessly served our country,” said Louise Carroll Keeley, Ph.D., provost of Assumption College. “Their sacrifices on behalf of democracy and freedom enable us to enjoy the gift of education: our own freedom to teach, learn, and discover."
Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College