Our Community Salutes 2014

The Delaware Chapter (AUSA) again teamed with Wilmington University (WU) to conduct the Third Annual “Our Community Salutes” (OCS) event at Wilmington University’s New Castle, DE campus on May 6th from 6-8pm. This event recognizes and honors the Delaware high school seniors (and their parents) who have chosen to enlist into the military after graduation this spring.

Over 160 people participated in the event, including local celebrities, area college officials, and support agencies such as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Red Cross, Military OneSource, and the USO. Sponsors included Summit Aviation Navy Federal Credit Union, USAA, Calvert Comfort Heating and Cooling, and the Delaware City Refining Company.

Forty-four high school seniors and their families attended the event and Tim Furlong, the Delaware Correspondent for NBC News Philadelphia, returned as the emcee. Our speakers included Major General Frank Vavala, the Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard, and Lieutenant Colonel Donald Moor, Executive Officer of the 4th Marine Corps District. The Junior ROTC cadets from William Penn High School handled the colors and provided an exhibition rifle drill team. Each attending enlistee received Letters of Appreciation from both U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative Carney. Also, student enlistees received a letter of commendation from the Delaware General Assembly signed by the Chairmen of both the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs Committees. Photos will be posted to http://www.ocsde.org.