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Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana leadership, Virginia Senator Bill DeSteph, and President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber, Bryan K. Stephens, stand with service members from throughout Hampton Roads during the annual Hampton Roads Military Recognition Reception at the Virginia Beach Museum of Contemporary Art, May 16. The event is designed to show pride in the local military community and to honor the men and women of the military who serve our nation and reside within Hampton Roads.

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana and the Hampton Roads Chamber held the annual Hampton Roads Military Recognition Reception at the Virginia Beach Museum of Contemporary Art, May 16.

Now in its 25th year, the Military Recognition is designed to show pride in the local military community and to honor the men and women of the military who serve our nation and reside within Hampton Roads.

NAS Oceana commanding officer, Capt. Chad Vincelette, mentioned the importance of holding the event during Armed Forces Week of National Military Appreciation Month and the value of the service members that serve at NAS Oceana. “The professionalism and dedication of these men and women are what keeps NAS Oceana master jet base running. The enduring commitment of the Hampton Roads community embraces us as part of the fabric of this community,” said Vincelette.

Capt. Vincelette continued, addressing the business community in attendance, “Find a way to employ our military spouses and find a place for our retiring and separating service members. That would make a meaningful impact.”

Virginia Senator Bill DeSteph, a 20-year Navy Veteran told the audience during his keynote speech, that he was honored to be recognizing the military. “These service members are our future. We all hold some light within us whether it’s a candle or a magnesium flare, and these service members have the light of flares within them,” said DeSteph.

The reception recognized outstanding military members from all of the Virginia Beach commands: NAS Oceana, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Dam Neck Annex Fleet Combat Training Center and Camp Pendleton.

“The military and their families are a tremendous asset to the business community and we have worked with the newly opened Veterans Employment Center and Opportunity, Inc. to do just that,” said President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber, Bryan K. Stephens. “That center has been opened less than two months and has placed nearly eighty transitioning service members or their spouses in jobs in Hampton Roads.”

The relationship between Hampton Roads military and community partners such as the Hampton Roads Chamber, continues to be a powerful economic partnership, and impactful advocate for their local service members. The local military presence in Hampton Roads is a powerful economic partner for Hampton Roads and acknowledging the inspiring and important work of the service members within the community and advocating on their behalf is of the utmost importance.

Event sponsors include: The Museum of Contemporary Art (Host Sponsor); Black Tie Catering (Hospitality Sponsor); GEICO (Military Legacy Partner); USAA (Military Platinum Sponsor); ADS (Military Gold Partner); Bon Secours Virginia Health System, Dollar Bank and Regent University (Military Bronze Partners).

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