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MSL selects Hash as 2010 distinguished alum

l-r: John Pat Hash and Heath Bergmann

EKU's Department of Military Science and Leadership is pleased to announce that Chaplain (COL) John Pat Hash has been selected as their departmental distinguished alum for 2010.

Chaplain Hash was honored during a presentation on Friday, March 26, 2010, at the annual College of Business and Technology College to Careers senior recognition luncheon.

The honor is reserved for special alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions through excellence, dedication, and service.

Chaplain Hash earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education with a minor in Military Science.  He was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate and appointed as a Regular Army Officer in the Infantry in 1976.  After serving four years with the 25th Infantry Division, he left active duty to enter seminary.  He was subsequently commissioned as a chaplain in August 1984.

Chaplain Hash is a native of Corbin, Kentucky and an ordained minister of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Following his distinguished undergraduate work at EKU, he went on to earn a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, a Master of Divinity Degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Bethany Theological Seminary in Dothan, Alabama.

In addition to his service as an Army chaplain, Chaplain Hash served two Southern Baptist Churches in Kentucky - Blanket Creek Baptist Church in Falmouth and Jeffersonville Baptist Church in Jeffersonville.

Chaplain Hash is USASOC Command Chaplain. In continuing service to his country, Chaplain Hash has been assigned as XVIII Airborne Corps Command Chaplain; MNC-I Command Chaplain in Iraq; SOCCENT Command Chaplain at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida; Religious Support Observer Trainer for the Battle Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas; Division Chaplain for the 101st Airborne Division Air Assault; as well as Brigade and Battalion Chaplain assignments at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Benning in Georgia, and Fort Greely in Alaska.

Among his many awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Support Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Order of Titus.

Chaplain Hash is married to the former Lynn Bishop of Woodbine, Kentucky.  They have four sons, one of whom is carrying on the family tradition of service to country as Captain in the U.S. Army now serving at Fort Leavenworth.  Chaplain and Mrs. Hash also have five grandchildren.

Congratulations, Chaplain Hash, on being selected as the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus representing the Department of Military Science and Leadership.

The college also honored distinguished seniors for the year as selected by their respective departments within the College of Business and Technology. Cadet Captain Heath A. Bergmann was selected as the MSL departmental distinguished senior.  In addition, recipients of scholarships and awards for the 2008-10 academic year were recognized. Students were honored for outstanding achievement and more than 40 area employers were on hand to engage in networking activities with college graduating seniors.

Published on March 26, 2010

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