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Panelist Bio


Lieutenant Colonel Scott E. Adams
Commander of the 2/108th Cav. Regiment of the 256th Brigade, LA National Guard

Lieutenant Colonel Scott E. Adams enlisted in the Louisiana Army National Guard on 10 April 1986. He was assigned to HHC, 205th Engineer Battalion at Bogalusa, Louisiana. He rose to the rank of Sergeant and was later commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Army through the Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Southeastern Louisiana University. While at SLU, Lieutenant Colonel Adams served as the Cadet Battalion Commander, and was a distinguished Military Graduate from the university.

In 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Adams was selected as the Executive Officer and full-time Administrative Officer of 1-156th Armor Battalion at Shreveport, Louisiana. In May of 2004, the Battalion was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit served a one-year combat tour in Baghdad, Iraq with the 1st Calvary Division and the 3rd Infantry Division. On 15 November 2005, he took command of 1-156 Armor Battalion. The unit reorganized as 2/108 Cavalry Squadron on 3 September 2006. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 10 August 2006.

Lieutenant Colonel Adams holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Lieutenant Colonel Adams' awards include the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Louisiana War Cross, The Louisiana National Guard Legion of Merit and Louisiana National Guard Cross of Merit. In 2007, LTC Adams was awarded the BG Pauley Award, being recognized as the outstanding Battalion Commander in the 256th Infantry Brigade.

Lieutenant Colonel Adams is married to the former Mary Sue Main of Chalmette, Louisiana. They have one son Sean who is eleven. They reside in Haughton, Louisiana.

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     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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