Tuberville Honors Wayne Davenport of Trussville as July “Veteran of the Month”

Lt. Col. Davenport serves as JROTC Instructor and Scholars Bowl Coach at Gadsden High School

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) released a video honoring U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Davenport of Trussville as the July “Veteran of the Month.” Lt. Col. Davenport serves as JROTC Instructor and Scholars Bowl Coach at Gadsden High School. Gadsden High’s Scholars Bowl JROTC Academic Team recently won both the Army and Joint Services Competitions in Washington, D.C.

Excerpts from Senator Tuberville’s remarks can be found below, and his complete remarks can be found here.

“When we think of coaches, we often think of athletic coaches. But our students also need dedicated ACADEMIC coaches, like U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Davenport of Trussville, Alabama.”

“Because of his gift for building successful teams, Wayne was chosen to help redesign the special forces group following 9/11. His blueprint is still used to this day.”

“And for 15 years, he has been using his talents to help students find confidence and reach new heights as the JROTC Instructor at Gadsden High School. His supervisor describes him as a “Godsend.” This is evidenced by both his success AND the success of his students. Recently, Gadsden High’s JROTC team became the FIRST program in Alabama to place as one of the most ELITE 32 Academic Bowl teams out of more than 2,000 teams in the WORLD. But, that’s not all. Wayne also serves as the coach for Gadsden High’s Scholars Bowl team, where he has led FOUR teams to the National Championship. He spends many early mornings and late nights preparing for these competitions without complaint. Additionally, Wayne is helping build a culture of academic excellence that begins long before students reach high school age. Now, he is training elementary teachers on how to begin preparing students at an early age so that Alabama’s students can compete at all levels with other states.”

Senator Tuberville recognizes a different Alabama veteran each month for their service and contribution to their community. Constituents can nominate an Alabama veteran and submit their information to Senator Tuberville’s office for consideration by emailing

Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.