Veterans Day Events Set for Wednesday, November 11 at USC Upstate

November 10, 2015 at 4:36 pm
Rear Admiral (upper half) Harry T. Rittenour, USN

Rear Admiral (upper half) Harry T. Rittenour, USN

The University of South Carolina Upstate will recognize the service of veterans of all branches during Veterans Day activities set for Wednesday, November 11.

The Student Veterans Association will welcome retired Rear Admiral Harry T. Rittenour to campus at 2 p.m. in Tukey Theatre. Rittenour spent almost 29 years in the United States Navy before joining the corporate world.

Rittenour completed two combat tours in Vietnam and commanded an aviation squadron, a command and control ship in the Persian Gulf, and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise with a crew of over 5,000. He then served on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon where he received a letter of appreciation from President George H. W. Bush for his work on a treaty to ban the use of chemical weapons. He was promoted to Rear Admiral and completed a tour on the Navy Staff where he established and promoted requirements for aircraft carriers and aviation training. His efforts led to the approval of Congressional funding for the nuclear‐powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and the selection of a new joint primary aircraft training system for the Navy, Marines, and Air Force.

After retiring from the Navy Harry joined the executive team at Perceptron, Inc., a global machine vision company that provides process control systems to automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers for use in body shop assembly plants. He was appointed president and CEO of Perceptron, Inc. in early 2008. He led the executive team through a successful reorganization that better aligned the company for current conditions and future growth. As a result Perceptron grew stronger and emerged with a solid customer base, a new product line under development, and a robust balance sheet with no debt, and cash available for investment. He retired from Perceptron in late 2013.

Rittenour earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy with a concentration in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles (Anderson School) in Operations Management.

Artwork created by inmates from the Spartanburg County Detention Center honoring our veterans also will be on display in Tukey Theatre during this time.

For more information, please contact the Student Veterans Association at