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Troops to Teachers speakers and reception

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Strand Union Building, Ballroom D

As part of Montana State University's Year of Engaged Leadership, the MSU College of Education, Health & Human Development and the Troops to Teachers program will host a public reception followed by three speakers on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Ballroom D of the university's Strand Union Building.  

Hors d'oeuvres will be served from 6-7 p.m. followed by speakers from 7-9 p.m.

The evening's speakers are Eric A. Combs, Candy Lubansky and Jim Tweet.

An RSVP by Sept. 10 to Dave Polmanteer at is greatly appreciated, but not required.

Senior Master Sergeant Eric A. Combs, assistant principal at Fairborn Primary School in Ohio, is a highly decorated veteran. During his 20-year career, Combs was stationed in South Korea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Germany, North Africa and Europe. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, Combs instructed Air Force Junior ROTC and attended the University of Dayton with Troops to Teachers to obtain his teaching license. Since then, he has been actively involved in the Ohio Council of Social Studies Teachers and the Holocaust Educators of Dayton.  He has been honored four times in Who's Who Among American Teachers. 

Since 2010, Lubansky has served as superintendent of Belgrade Public Schools.  Before becoming superintendent, Lubansky was an executive director for Missoula County Public Schools. Lubansky is enrolled in the University of Montana doctoral program in educational leadership. She is currently a member of the Greater Gallatin United Way Board of Directors, Belgrade Youth Forum board, Gallatin College Advisory Council, and the Belgrade Chamber.  

Jim Tweet is a native Montanan who graduated from MSU with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1988 and spent 20 years as an EF-111 electronic warfare officer and F-15 weapon system officer. Upon his retirement, he enrolled in the Troops to Teachers and Northern Plains Transition to Teaching programs to become a Montana-certified teacher. He was hired to teach mathematics in Belgrade in 2010.

For more information about the event, contact Deb Redburn at (406) 994-6890 or

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For questions regarding this event, please contact:

Deb Redburn
(406) 994-6890