Niceville man recognized during Davidson veterans assembly

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George Atwell, center, poses next to his wife Carolyn, left, and Davidson Middle School Assistant Principal Kelli Howard on Thursday during a Veterans Day assembly at Davidson Middle School. Atwell received a city of Crestview "Commendation of Respect" proclamation.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM.

CRESTVIEW — A Niceville man received VIP treatment Thursday when he received a top honor from the Hub City.

George Atwell, 67, had a distinguished U.S. Army career that earned him a "Commendation of Respect" proclamation from the city of Crestview.

Atwell, a longtime Niceville resident, spent 18 years in the military, including a Vietnam tour and three-year deployment to Germany. He volunteers as a service officer at the Disabled American Veterans office in Niceville; there, Atwell — whose wife, Carolyn, teaches at Davidson — helps veterans fill out paperwork to apply for disability benefits. 

But on this day, he was ready to help students with a few words of wisdom.

"If you have confidence in yourselves, you can accomplish anything," Atwell told students, who gave a standing ovation after his speech.

Atwell is active with several Davidson functions and sporting events, Assistant Principal Kelli Howard said.

"We knew that he was a veteran and we thought it would be nice to honor someone that is in our Davidson family,” she said.

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