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Roger That: 24-hour Vigil Run to honor veterans starts at 4:30 p.m. in Shiloh

Scott Air Force Base’s Air Force Sergeants Association, Chapter 872, will sponsor a 24-hour Vigil Run at Shiloh’s Three Springs Park, set to begin at 4:30 p.m. today and run through Saturday. Scheduled attendees include Scott Air Force Base leadership and the mayors of Belleville, Shiloh and Mascoutah.

This run will honor all military veterans. In particular, the sponsors wish to honor the sacrifice of 1st Lt. Roslyn Schulte, the first female U.S. Air Force Academy graduate to die in Afghanistan.

Schulte, who grew up in St. Louis, was killed May 20, 2009 by a roadside bomb. Schulte was assigned to the Pacific Air Force 613th Air and Space Operations Center at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, and was sent on deployment as an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations officer beginning in February 2009.

The first leg of the run is set to begin at 4:30 p.m., the second at 5 p.m. and the last leg at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

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The good people behind Climb for PTSD fundraisers have lined up some special entertainment for Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Mark Price, a comedian who played the character Skippy in the 1980s sitcom “Family Ties,” will be performing a one-time comedy show at Hey Guys Comedy Club, 5225 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Tickets are $5 apiece. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.

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An international team from Ireland was recognized last month as the winner of the 14th annual International Sniper Competition at Fort Benning‘s Long Hall, according to Military.com.

The two-man team, who didn't want their names or photos used, emerged as the winner in a field of 36 teams from around the world. A team from the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at the post was second, and a U.S. Marine Corps School of Infantry-West took third place in the four-day competition that pushed soldiers mentally and physically for 96 hours.

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Americans are souring on President Barack Obama’s approach to fighting the Islamic State, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that also found deep pessimism about U.S. prospects for success in Afghanistan and uncertainty about Obama's plan to leave thousands of troops there when he leaves office, according to Military.com.

More than 6 in 10 now reject Obama's handling of the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, where Obama has been escalating the U.S. military's involvement in a bid to break a vexing stalemate. Support for his approach has followed a downward trajectory since the U.S. formed its coalition to fight the group in late 2014. Last September, Americans were roughly split, yet disapproval has jumped 8 percentage points just since January.

Mike Fitzgerald: 618-239-2533, @MikeFitz3000

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