Military Citizen of the Year Award on October 7

Military Citizen of the Year Award on October 7
Presented by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Presents

Military Citizen of the Year Award on October 7  


WHAT: The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 2009 Military Citizen of the Year Luncheon.  This annual event is held in conjunction with Fleet Week, the Navy’s Annual birthday celebration.  At the luncheon, the 54th Annual Samuel T. Northern Military Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to the enlisted military individual whose personal and public contributions have had the most positive effect on the Hampton Roads community.  The luncheon also gives the Hampton Roads business community the opportunity to show its appreciation for the local military presence here.

WHO: Admiral Mark Boensel, Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic; City of Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim; and Gary McCollum, Cox Communications, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, will give remarks.  Portsmouth Mayor James Holley, Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff, Portsmouth Vice Mayor William Moody Jr., and Portsmouth City Councilman Stephen Heretick will attend to honor these local military heroes.  

    Samuel T. Northern Military Citizen of the Year Award Nominees:

  • IS 1st Class Jennifer Powell
  • TSgt Tellas Johnson 
  • OS 2nd Class Laura Chapman
  • MM1 Larry Burkhead 
  • Tech. Sgt. Shek Takching 
  • FC 2nd Class David Vendetti 
  • MM 1 Rodney Buse 
  • A1C Clariece Kyles 
  • Petty Officer 2nd Class Tina Rivera 
  • ET2 Linda Gilmore 
  • QM2 Stephanie McNeal 
  • SRA Nikole Vargas 
  • PS2 Terri Weston 
  • DC2 Gerry Daniels 
  • A1C Lucy Decker 
  • AWS 2 Bradley Johnson 
  • RP2 Elizabeth Haywood 

WHEN: Wednesday, October 7, 2009


WHERE: Norfolk Waterside Marriott

            235 E. Main St. – Norfolk, VA 23510  

TICKETS: For reservations, call the Reservation Hotline at 757-664-2558 or contact Candace Reid at or visit

    Tickets are $40 for Chamber member and $55 for prospective members


About the Samuel T. Northern Award:

Samuel T. Northern was a local businessman who devoted most of his life to strengthening the relationship between the local community and the military. Since 1955, this award has been given annually to recognize the military citizen who has made the most significant contribution in the area of community service. Each year, commands based throughout Hampton Roads are asked to nominate individuals for this honor. Members of the Chamber’s Armed Forces Committee then select the winner based upon their full, active and sustained participation in activities that benefit the community. Nominees are involved in everything from coaching Little League® teams, youth mentoring, fundraising, emergency medical services, and many, many more community programs.  

About the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is a vigorous advocate for the economic success of its more than 2,000 member businesses, which employ more than a quarter million men and women in southeastern Virginia.  The Chamber promotes Hampton Roads’ healthy business climate through economic development, public policy initiatives, services and benefits to members.  The Chamber is dedicated to creating economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life in Hampton Roads.

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