Military and First Responders Appreciation Night

November 8, 2017

Brig. Gen. Michael J. Talley will be the featured speaker on Military & First Responders Appreciation Night. Talley is the U.S. Army Forces Command Surgeon.

The evening will begin with the Wednesday Together meal at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program in the Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. Talley will speak during a more traditional worship service which will honor the men and women in service both at home and abroad.

Brigadier General Michael J. Talley
Brigadier General Michael J. Talley currently serves as the United States Army Forces Command Surgeon. He hails from Duluth, Minnesota, and volunteered for military service in 1983, serving with the 1st Infantry Division and 197th Separate Infantry Brigade. He achieved the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1989. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Texas at El Paso and commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1991.
Talley has led service members and civilians in previous operational and logistics assignments, to include: platoon leader, regimental medical supply officer, Squadron S-4, and troop commander, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment; group medical logistics officer, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne); observer/controller (Project Warrior), Mechanized Infantry Task Force and USAMEDDAC Chief of Logistics, National Training Center; war plans officer, G3 XVIII Airborne Corps; director/instructor, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course; Senior Task Force O/C, Joint Readiness Training Center; commander, Defense Distribution Depot Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania; commander, 6th Medical Logistics Management Center; assistant deputy chief of staff G-3/5/7, Office of the Surgeon General & U.S. Army Medical Command; and most recently, commander of the 44th Medical Brigade.
He served OIF combat tours as the executive officer of 261st Medical Battalion (ABN) and S3, 507th Corps Support Group (ABN), in addition to a deployment to Saudi Arabia as the assistant program manager for Health Affairs, Office of the Program Manager, Saudi Arabian National Guard (OPM-SANG) Modernization Program.
Talley’s education includes the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Advanced Military Studies Program (SAMS), and the U.S. Army War College. He holds two Master of Military Arts and Sciences degrees from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College, and a Master of Arts degree from Webster University.
Talley’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Expert Field Medical Badge, and Master Parachutist badge. He is a military historian designee and member of the Armored Corps’ Order of Saint George and Army Medical Department’s Order of Military Medical Merit. He is also a national board-certified respiratory therapy practitioner.
Talley is married to the former Lori Johnson of Washington, DC.

About Lt. Col. Randy Griffin

Corps Chaplain, XVIIIth Airborne Corps. 
Griffin was commissioned and assigned as an active duty Army chaplain in 1996. Prior to entering the Chaplain Corps, he served for eight years in the United States Coast Guard.
He has s a Master of Divinity from Temple Baptist Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from Tennessee Temple University. He is a 1976 graduate of Bethel Christian Academy, Kinston, NC. Lt. Col. Griffin’s previous assignments include Command Chaplain 1st Special Operations Forces Detachment – Delta, Fort Bragg. He has been married to Amy for 35 years. They have three sons.

Military and First Responders Appreciation Night 2015

Gen. Dan McNeill (U.S. Army, retired) was the featured speaker at the November 4, 2015 event. He was joined by the 82nd Airborne Brass Quintet and the 82nd Airborne Chorus. Click here for more photos.


Below are some of the ways First Presbyterian Church shows love and support for the Military, Veterans, and their Families.

First Presbyterian Church is now a partner with Officers’ Christian Fellowship or OCF. OCF is a trusted Christian organization that serves military officers in all five branches of the military. OCF has had a group at Fort Bragg and Pope for decades. OCF provides Christian mentors, Bible Studies, and retreat sites for military officers and their families.
Their web link is:

rockthefortbanner_000 Maintains close ties with the Fort Bragg Garrison Chaplain. First Church has also supported “Rock the Fort,”
an evangelistic event for families and friends on Fort Bragg.


Sponsors a Military Planning Task Force for men who are in the military. The Task Force studies together, prays together, holds each other accountable, and looks at ways in which it can serve the church and the military. Offers a Women’s Bible Study on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. that reaches out to Military Wives at the church during the school year.

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Works with the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Bragg
Sponsors Military Appreciation Night in November. In 2009, the speaker was General Dan McNeill, U.S. Army (Retired) who is former commander of the XVIII Airborne Corps and the U.S. Army Forces Command. The speaker for 2010 was retired Major General Julian Burns. Former Lt. General Dana Chipman has served as the keynote speaker in 2011 and 2013.

Supports the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel. the Council’s Director, Chaplain, Colonel Ed Brogan, U.S. Air Force (retired) spoke at the church in 2009.

Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military
Personnel web link:


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Chaplain Ben McCoy  Chaplain Miller Liston

There are  two Presbyterian Military Chaplains at the church. They are Chaplain (Lt. Col) Ben McCoy, U.S. Army (retired) and Captain Miller Liston, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve (retired).

Chaplain McCoy is the church’s Associate Pastor Emeritus and a Desert Storm veteran. Chaplain Liston is a retired Navy chaplain who is part of the First Presbyterian Church family.

post-traumatic-stress-trap_1_000 The Church hurts for those service members and their families who have experienced combat stress and Post Traumatic Stress Injury. First Presbyterian actively reaches out to them and many in its membership who have been affected by combat stress.

WE WELCOME you to become a part of this great church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. If you are new to this community, or you do not have a church home, the doors of First Presbyterian Church are open. If you would like to have one of our pastors or staff people contact you concerning membership, you may call the church office (483-0121).

First Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 569 (102 Ann St.), Fayetteville, NC, 28302

Phone: 910-483-0121, Fax: 910-483-3975
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