Retired Lt. General Walter E. Gaskin of the United States Marine Corps will be the speaker for the annual Connor’s Temple Baptist Church – Savannah State University Day observance on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. This is an observance that focuses on the legacy and heritage of both institutions and supports the Endowed Scholarship established in 2004 by Connor’s Temple for Savannah State University students.
Dr. Cheryl D. Dozier, President of Savannah State, will bring remarks and SSU student representatives will bring greetings. Representatives from the City of Savannah, the Chatham County Commission, the Board of Public Education, and the Military have also been invited to bring greetings. Music will be provided by the SSU Wesleyan Gospel Choir and the CTBC Youth Choir.
Lt. General Gaskin is a graduate of Savannah State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a minor in Mathematics and Naval Science. He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1974 as the first class of the Savannah State NROTC Program.
He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1974 until his retirement in 2013. During his long and illustrious Military Career, he held many Commands and Assignments in several locations. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in 2000 He served as Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Division at Camp LeJeune, NC from 2006 until 2008 and simultaneously served as the Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Forces Other assignments as General Officer include Vice Director of the Joint Staff, Washington, DC from 2008 until 2009 and Deputy Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium, from 2010 to 2013.
During his military career, Lieutenant General Gaskin received numerous awards and medals .
Currently Mr. Gaskin is the Chief Executive Officer of La Porte Technology Defense, a business focused on becoming the leading engineering Technical Development Plan supplier
Lt. General Gaskin is a native of Savannah, the son of Mrs. Peggie Pearl Gaskin-Lovewine, and grew up in West Savannah and Liberty City. He attended Savannah High School as part of the first integration cohort of Savannah Public High Schools, graduating in 1969. As a youth, he attended and was baptized at Abyssinia Baptist Church and served as an usher, Sunday School Teacher and was ordained a Deacon.
He is an active Board Member of Savannah State University, He is married to the former Dora Hall of New Orleans, LA and they are the parents of four children. The public is invited to come and share in this service. Connor’s Temple Baptist Church is located at 509 West Gwinnett Street. The Pastor is Rev. Terrance L. Burrell, Sr. and the Program Chairs are Dea. Alfred N. Brown and Dr. Lucille T. Brown