Nearly 250 members of the business community honored local military personnel at the 22nd Annual Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on July 15. During the program, nearly 70 men and women in uniform were recognized for their outstanding achievements. All award recipients are stationed at commands in Virginia Beach including Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Dam Neck Fleet Combat Training Center, Naval Air Station Oceana and Camp Pendleton. The Honorable Will Sessoms, Mayor of Virginia Beach and Captain Frank Hughlett, Commanding Officer of Joint Expeditionary Base little Creek/Fort Story, provided remarks to approximately 250 honorees and attendees.
The Chamber has hosted this awards luncheon annually for the past 22 years to celebrate and honor the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday to preserve our liberty.
Mr. Glen Robertson, Chair, Virginia Beach Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce provided welcoming remarks. “On the behalf of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank Captain Frank Hughlett, USN, Commanding Officer, Joint Expeditionary Base - Little Creek/Fort Story, for hosting here today and CMDCM Brian Schlicht, Command Master Chief of Joint Expeditionary Base - Little Creek/Fort Story for his hard work and his commitment of excellence of putting this special event together, and last but not least, thank you all of our military here today for serving your country so well. You make us proud to be Americans and to be your neighbors.”
Bryan K. Stephens, President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce said, “We live in the friendliest place, the best place, for military men and women, their families and Veterans to live, work and raise a family and hopefully stay right here in Hampton Roads when they decide to depart the military serve. We want our Veterans to find civilian jobs and continue to contribute to the economy and the quality of life here in Hampton Roads.”
CS1(SW) Jaycen Ferreira was in attendance to support his tenant commands.
“I think it's wonderful the Chamber puts on this luncheon to show their appreciation of the military. It's also gives me an opportunity to assist and give back. I look forward to getting my command joint expedition base little creek more involved with the Chamber.”
Many thanks to sponsors: Virginia Beach Convention Center (Host), USAA (Platinum Military Partner), GEICO (Military Legacy Partner & Challenge Coin Sponsor), Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (Special Military Program Sponsor) First Command Financial Planning, Regent University and Saint Leo University (Bronze Military Program Partners).