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Kelly featured at Horn Lake veterans breakfast

Photo: U.S. Rep. and Mississippi Army National Guard Major General Trent Kelly greets Olin Pickens, World War II hero from DeSoto County, at a gathering in Hernando in February 2022. (Bob Bakken/

U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly (R-Miss.) has been announced as the featured speaker for the 11th annual Annie Ruth and Winn Brown Veterans Breakfast and Program. The event will be held at the Landers Center in Southaven on Wednesday, Nov. 8, starting at 8:30 a.m.

The breakfast is held annually to honor past, present, and future veterans and is named in honor of the late Horn Lake Mayor Winn Brown and his wife, Annie Ruth.  

The breakfast is free for the public to attend and take part, but attendees are asked to call to reserve their seat(s) or table(s) to A.J Linville in the city officers at 662-342-3482, or email  

Kelly, who represents the First Congressional District of Mississippi that includes DeSoto County, is also a Major General in the Mississippi Army National Guard. 

Kelly has spent 37 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard as a Combat Engineer. In 1990, he mobilized for Desert Storm as an Engineer Second Lieutenant. In 2005, he deployed as a Major to Iraq with the 155th Brigade as the Operations Officer of the 150th Engineer Battalion. From 2009 to 2010, he deployed as a Lieutenant Colonel to Iraq as the Battalion Commander of Task Force Knight of the 155th Brigade Combat Team and commanded over 670 troops from Mississippi, Ohio, and Kentucky. He has received two Bronze Stars, the Combat Action Badge, the Bronze, Silver, and Gold de Fleury medals, and numerous other federal and state awards for his service.

The five-term Congressman serves on the House Armed Services Committee, serving as Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. He also serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, serving as Chairman of the Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture Subcommittee and also serves on the House Agriculture Committee.

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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