New Orleans, LA – His 40 years in the military began in 1968. He served 11 years with the Air Force and the Louisiana Air National Guard followed by 29 years with the Louisiana Army National Guard. He’s Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Clarence Alexander Becknell, born and raised in New Orleans.
Becknell was honored by the U.S. Army for his years of service with the Army National Guard with a Freedom Team Salute Veteran Commendation at a special ceremony at the Ernest Morial Convention Center during the Essence Music Festival.
While in the Army National Guard, Becknell continued to grow professionally and give back to the community by working with young people in New Orleans.
He was a school teacher and became the principal of Morris Jeff Elementary School after earning a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Xavier University.
“The Army provided me with a myriad of opportunities, developed my potential, and molded me into a professional,” said Becknell. “My Army experience played a key role in developing my character and the positive attitude that I tried to pass on to the thousands of students I worked with beginning in 1985 until I retired from the school system in 2005. I continue to benefit from my Army experience and I’m gratified to receive the Freedom Team Salute Commendation today.”
Freedom Team Salute was established in 2005 by the Secretary of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff to give the public the opportunity to thank all U.S. Army Veterans for their service by recognizing them with Commendations.