Dr. Phillip O. Barry, President of Mesalands Community College, has been appointed to serve on the New Mexico Region 3 Selective Service Board which includes Quay and Union counties.
The certificate of appointment was presented to Dr. Barry by the Selective Service Commander for the State of New Mexico, Detachment Commander Gabriel Romero.
The Selective Service Board serves to determine eligibility of requests for deferment if and when the draft is re-implemented. “The Selective Service means more than the military draft,” said Commander Romero. He said it is federal law that male citizens of the United States, from the age of 18 through 27, register with the Selective Service. Those who do not register are denied state and federal employment and are automatically ineligible to receive any federal financial assistance such as Pell Grants for college education. The most severe penalty for not registering is incarceration.
The appointment is the result of Barry’s desire to serve the country in the wake of the September 11 attack.
“Shortly after 9/11, I saw an advertising circular asking for volunteers to serve as members of the Selective Service Board, and felt that it was a good way for me to contribute to my country,” said Barry. Barry said service of this nature is close to the home for his family since he and his wife have a son in the Marine Corps who is presently serving his second tour in Iraq.