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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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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It 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.

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