Jeff Sherry, Museum Educator

Thursday Nov 11th, 2021

Greg Henning is just one of many volunteers at the Hagen History Center and only one of several who is a veteran. Greg is the focus of  this profile coming during the week when we celebrate all our veterans and Veterans Day.

LTC Greg Henning was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on July 4th, 1954. Upon graduation from Iroquois High School in 1973 he enlisted in the United States Army where he served with the Army Security Agency at Fort Devens as an electronics systems instructor.

He attended the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Military Academy Officer Candidate School and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in May 1980 and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 112th Infantry. During LTC Henning 29 years of commissioned service he has function at every level of command from platoon to four-star operations October 2004, LTC Henning was assigned to the Multi-National Force Iraq as the Congressional Liaison Officer for the US Embassy in Baghdad. He returned to Iraq for a second tour serving with the Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq as the liaison officer to Multi-National Corps Iraq from 2008 to 2009. LTC Henning completed his military career retiring from the Army Reserve in July of 2009.

LTC Henning has attended Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Mortar Platoon Course, and Infantry Officer Advance Course at Fort Benning. He has also attended the Combine Arms and Service Staff School and Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

LTC Henning’s awards and decorations include Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Cluster, Humanitarian Service Medal, US Army Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Defense Medal Third Award, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal two service stars, and Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster

LTC Henning holds BS in History and M.Ed. in Middle and Secondary Education, Distinguished Graduate from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 2013. He retired in December of 2009 from General Electric in Erie after 36 years of service. Currently LTC Henning is a Social Studies Instructor for North East School District, Unit Commander of Compagine LeBoeuf, board member of the Presque Isle Lighthouse, docent at the Hagen History Center, Vice President of Warriors to Washington, and is a North East Borough Council member. 

Visitors can see Greg Henning’s uniform he wore in Iraq and learn more about his service by visiting the Hagen History Center’s Admiral Thomas Weschler Military Gallery in the Wood-Morrison House along with many other exhibits highlighting Erie County’s veterans and their service. If a visitor is lucky, Greg Henning might be the docent that day to guide them through the military exhibits there. Thank you Greg for your service and being one of our docents!

Greg Henning
Greg Henning in the Wood-Morrison House military galley with his uniform
Greg Henning Iraq
Greg Henning in Iraq