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Texas Sheriff is Grand Marshal for UW Homecoming Parade


October 4, 2013 — Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Susan L. Pamerleau, sheriff of Bexar County, Texas, will be the grand marshal of the annual University of Wyoming Homecoming parade.

She will lead the procession of floats, bands and other units through downtown Laramie beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. The parade starts at Ninth and Ivinson streets, goes west to Second Street, south on Second Street to Grand Avenue, and then east on Grand to 12th Street.

The Homecoming tradition, started in 1922, continues with this year’s theme: “This is the West … Forever Brown and Gold.”

As the first woman to be elected to the sheriff’s post, Pamerleau has pledged her commitment to the people of Bexar County by enacting guiding principles to ensure professionalism and operational excellence. Her No. 1 priority as sheriff is public safety, followed by improvements in jail operations and family violence prevention initiatives, a topic on which she is a nationally recognized speaker.

Before being elected sheriff, Pamerleau served 32 years in the United States Air Force. A 1968 UW graduate, Pamerleau was the first woman to command the Air Force ROTC. During her career, she was honored with the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters.

After her retirement from the Air Force, she also served as senior vice president at United Services Automobile Association, a Fortune 150 company. She serves on the UW Foundation Board and is a life member of the UW Alumni Association.

Pamerleau's “lifetime of service to our nation and community is highlighted with leadership, duty, honor and excellence,” says Keener Fry, Alumni Association executive director. “She has achieved the highest levels of success in both the public and private sectors.”

“I’m passionate about service to my community, being able to make an impact,” says Pamerleau. “Every day I come to work, I know I can do something good for this community.”

For more information about the parade or Homecoming events, call the UW Alumni Association at (307) 766-4166 or visit www.wyoalumni.com.

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Susan L. Pamerleau will lead the annual UW Homecoming parade that starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Ninth and Ivinson streets.

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