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Hartselle Enquirer
Lt. Col. John E. Newton (Ret.), center, is pictured with Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Senior Services Jean Brown, left, and Jerry Fielding, chairman of the Alabama Senior Citizen Hall of Fame.

Morgan County High School alum named outstanding senior citizen

Special to the Enquirer

An outstanding group of senior adults was honored with induction into the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Montgomery Aug. 21.

Among those honored was Lt. Col. John E. Newton (Ret.), a 1963 graduate of Morgan County High School and current resident of Dothan.

After graduating from West Point with a commission in the U.S. Army, Lt. Col Newton served his country for 20 years, including a tour in Vietnam. It was during this time he developed a special concern for disabled service members and their rehabilitation. He became active in supporting veterans’ organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America and Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services (CAUSE).

A disabled veteran himself, Newton has long assisted veterans with their application for disability, and has also helped them in finding the right resources for medical needs, and dealing with state and federal Departments of Veterans Affairs.

Newton served as a member, officer, and board of director for the Fort Rucker chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and is a member of the Fort Rucker Skeet Club.