Col. Rod Faulk, a native from Battle Creek, has been selected to deliver the keynote address at Dearborn Heights’ annual Memorial Day ceremony tomorrow morning at St. Hedwig Cemetery and Mausoleum, 23755 Military Road (entrances located at Warren Avenue and Ford Road, one block east of Telegraph Road).
“He is a personal friend of mine, and as was said Thursday night in Southgate when he spoke at the American Legion Post 16 Memorial Day service dinner, ‘This guy’s the real deal,’” American Legion Carl E. Stitt Post 232 past commander and general manager Joe Mitchell said. “He served in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star.”
“He has actually spoken at our Memorial Day ceremony in the past,” Mitchell said.
For decades, the St. Hedwig Cemetery & Mausoleum has been celebrating an annual Memorial Day Mass, followed by a military honors ceremony conducted by Dearborn Heights veterans. Father Michael Zielke will be celebrating the mass, said St. Hedwig Manager Randy A. Dolney, which will start at 10 a.m. Monday “right outside the main office as usual.
“We pitch a giant tent, and we expect a crowd of 700-1,000 people to turn out, depending on the weather that day,” Dolney said. “Once our mass is over, I turn it over to Cmdr. Dave Endyke from the Lyskawa Post.”
Pvt. John Lyskawa-Tutro Post 7546,Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States; Polish Legion of American Veterans Dearborn Heights Post 16, and the Stitt Post will participate in the veterans portion of the May 25 program. Endyke will emcee the keynote address, laying of the wreaths, and Lyskawa and Stitt Posts’ joint military honor guard performing the traditional gun salute and Taps. Lyskawa invites those attending the Memorial Day ceremony to come over from St. Hedwig afterward to the Lyskawa Post for a luncheon of hot dogs and pop.
Faulk was commissioned a 2nd Lt. In the Army Reserve from the Western Michigan University Army ROTC, and has held numerous assignments from company to brigade level. His service included Guantanamo Bay in Cuba from 2002-2003, a military police battalion command in Iraq from 2005-2006, being chief of staff of the 300th Military Police from 2006-2008 (deploying to Iraq again in 2007-2008 with the brigade headquarters), being deputy commander of the 300th Military Police Brigade in Inkster from 2008-2010, being commander of the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (Rear) in Indianapolis in Indiana from 2011-2013, and assigned to the 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Des Moines, Iowa since May 2013.
Besides his two Bronze Star medals, Faulk has also been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service medal, six Army Meritorious Service medals, eight Army Commendation medals, and two Army Achievement medals. A Distinguished Military graduate from Western Michigan University, Faulk was honored by the Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business Management Department as its Outstanding Alumni for 2013.
Faulk’s civilian career includes experience in banking and technology management at Comerica Bank, ADS Financial Services Solutions and IBM. He is now a project manager in systems acquisition for the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Combat Support at Warren, MI. He and his family live in metropolitan Detroit.