The Maryville College Student Veterans Association will host retired U.S. Air Force Col. Steve Johnson, an author, as part of the college’s Veterans Day program Monday, Nov. 11.

Johnson will be the keynote speaker during the event, which will begin at 1 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

The free and open event also will feature the MC men’s vocal ensemble The Lads performing patriotic music.

Johnson was raised in a military family and then served in the military himself, retiring in 2011 as a U.S. Air Force colonel. In 2015, he and his wife, Janet, began exploring the country and living full time in their recreational vehicle. They worked with the Sojourners, a group of mostly retired Christians who travel the country by RV and volunteer at small churches, children’s homes and Bible camps.

In 2016 — at age 50 — Johnson completed a thru-hike of the 2,189.1-mile Appalachian Trail. He wrote two books chronicling his journey, “Sir Fob W. Pot’s Journey to Katahdin,” volumes 1 and 2.

Johnson is also the author of “Faith in the Margins,” a 365-day devotional book that he wrote after discovering notes recorded in the margins of 15 family Bibles he inherited.

His latest book, “The Eulogy — A Sojourner’s Tale,” is co-written with his wife and tells of a struggling family that rallies around the life, legacy and final request of the dying Christian patriarch.

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