“Our Community Salutes” (OCS)
Second annual ceremony recognizes and honors military-bound high school seniors in Delaware – May1, 2013 – New Castle, DE
Delaware Chapter, Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) and Wilmington University (WU) conducted the second annual ‘Our Community Salutes’ event at Wilmington University’s New Castle, DE campus on May 1st from 6-8pm, to recognize and honor the Delaware high school seniors (and their parents) who have chosen to enlist into the military after graduation this spring.
Over 140 people attended the event, including local celebrities, area college officials, representatives from ESGR, Red Cross, Military OneSource, the Blue Star Mothers, and the Delaware Military Heritage and Education Foundation. Sponsors included Navy Federal Credit Union, Summit Aviation, AAA MidAtlantic, and Delaware City Refining Co. Several high ranking military officers attended, and the Delaware Military Academy provided a color guard and an exhibition drill team. 29 high school seniors from all over Delaware attended with friends and family.
The event was headlined by Tim Furlong, NBC News Philadelphia, as the emcee. Featured speakers included Brigadier General Carol Timmons (Assistant Adjutant General – Air, Delaware National Guard), Brigadier General (Retired) Terry L. Wiley, and Command Chief Master Sergeant James M. Smith (436th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base). Student enlistees received Letters of Appreciation from U.S. Senator Tom Carper, U.S. Representative John Carney, and from the State of Delaware House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees.