Cowley Centers to show special screening of Citizen Soldier; Staff Sergeant Smith to speak at main campus

October 23, 2018

Citizen Soldier movie posterAs part of the Veterans Day celebration at Cowley College, Staff Sergeant Justin Smith will serve as the featured speaker during the screening of Citizen Soldier. The screening will take place at 11:15 a.m. Friday, November 9 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room and is open to the public. The event is being co-hosted by Cowley College and Arkansas City High School student group organizing the Get Loud For Veterans celebration on the same day.

Light refreshments will be provided for those in attendance prior to a short presentation by Staff Sergeant Smith, who participated in the production of the film.

The film will also be shown at 11:15 a.m. Friday, November 9 at Cowley College’s Mulvane Center Room 128, Wichita Center classroom, and Sumner Campus Innovation and Technology Center Room 106.  Following the movie screening, attendees will make their way to Bulldog Stadium located at 1200 W Radio Lane in Arkansas City. Veterans and family members are encouraged to RSVP to getloudforveterans2018@gmail.com for an appreciation lunch that begins at 1:30 p.m. The event opens to the community at 2:20 p.m. with Harleys, music and special presentations at the admission cost of $2. All proceeds go to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.

“We are really excited about the opportunity to host these events to honor our military services men and women,” Cowley college marketing director Abby Hollins said. “Sargent Justin Smith was a former member of Alpha Company 1/179 which is featured in the movie, so this is a rare opportunity. We also wanted to show our support to the local ACHS students doing some heavy lifting to provide an amazing afternoon celebration for veterans and the community.”

Citizen Soldier is a dramatic feature film, told from the point of view of a group of Soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, known since World War II as the "Thunderbirds.” Set in one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan at the height of the surge, it is a heart-pounding, heartfelt grunts' eye-view of the war.

A modern day Band of Brothers, Citizen Soldier tells the true story of a group of young Soldiers and their life-changing tour of duty in Afghanistan, offering an excruciatingly personal look into modern warfare, brotherhood, and patriotism. Using real footage from multiple cameras, including helmet cams, these Citizen Soldiers give the audience an intimate view into the chaos and horrors of combat and, in the process, display their bravery and valor under the most hellish of conditions.

These Citizen Soldiers are patriotic men and women, one day working 9-to-5 jobs, the next day deploying to the front lines of war. One of them is Sgt. Eran Harrill - a born leader, devoted single father, and head of his local Chamber of Commerce. When Eran’s unit was called up, he deferred his education and deployed to fight for his country.

This is his story, but it is also the story of Citizen Soldiers everywhere - fighting America's wars when called upon, building global partnerships when asked, and protecting the homeland at all costs.

There is no cost to attend the screening of Citizen Soldier. Some language may not be suitable for younger audience members.