Servicemen recognized as honorary captains


NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University selected two servicemen, Eric Lee and Staff Sergeant Spencer Greene, for the coin toss and to serve as honorary captains for the Homecoming football game Oct.  21.


Lee is an NSU graduate who served in the Air Force from 1988-1998 where as an Airman he provided supply management and supply systems analysis.  At NSU, he was a four-year letterman in track and a member of the 1985 and 1987 championship track teams.  He was also involved with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Fellowship of Christian Students and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He currently serves as a deacon in the Free Spirit Community Church in Panama City.  He was joined by his wife Sarah, also a veteran, and daughter Erica.


An Army Instructor/Trainer, Greene is assigned to Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 353rd Regiment, Fort Polk.  Greene has served in the Army for 13 years and his combat service includes 12 months in Afghanistan and 15 months in Iraq.  Currently a junior at NSU, Greene plans to submit a Green-To-Gold Packet to commission through NSU’s ROTC Program.  Staff Sergeant Greene’s hometown is Thousand Oaks, California.  His son Isaac joined him in cheering on the Demons.


Lieutenant Colonel Katherine Carlson, professor of Military Science, and Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Arthur Smalley, Northwestern Demon Regiment Chief of Staff, escorted the honorary captains.


Northwestern State has a tradition of honoring veterans at all home football games. To nominate a Veteran for recognition at an upcoming NSU event, please contact Sid Hall, NSU’s Military Affairs Coordinator, at or (318) 357-6951.

Northwestern State University honored servicemen Eric Lee and Staff Sergeant Spencer Greene prior to NSU’s Homecoming football game Oct. 21. From left are LTC (R) Arthur Smalley, Northwestern Demon Regiment Chief of Staff; Spencer Greene and his son Isaac; LTC Katherine Carlson, professor of military science, and Erica Lee with her father Eric Lee and mother Sarah Lee.