The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce hosted its 17th Annual Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon on July 20 at the Brashear Conference Center on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek–Fort Story (JEB) in Virginia Beach. This awards luncheon extended recognition from the business community to 130 outstanding military personnel stationed at commands in Virginia Beach, including Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEB), Naval Air Station Oceana (NAS Oceana), and Dam Neck Annex. This annual event is held to honor the hardworking men and women of the military. During the program, Captain Charles Stuppard, USN, Commanding Officer, JEB; the Chamber's Virginia Beach Division Chair Linwood Branch; and Virginia Beach City Councilman Bill DeSteph provided remarks.
Councilman DeSteph, a former Navy Intelligence Officer, was honored to be a part of the luncheon and thanked the honorees for their service. He said, “Thanks to you, America will remain free and strong.”
The Chamber hosts this awards luncheon annually because military personnel are such an important part of our region. This is one of many events hosted by the Chamber to show local support for men and women of the armed forces stationed in the area.
In addition to being recognized for their outstanding accomplishments, service members were also entered into a drawing for several prizes, including a 32 inch TV donated by USA Discounters. HM3, Brian Laverentz, was the lucky winner of the new TV.
Many thanks to sponsors: USA Discounters (Presenting); Omni Financial (Gold); GEICO (Gold Military Program Benefactor); Bank of America and Lockheed Martin Corporation (Silver Military Program Benefactors); G4S Secure Solutions USA; Regent University and Saint Leo University-South Hampton Roads Center (Bronze Military Program Benefactors); Hampton Roads Military & Federal Facilities Alliance (Special Military Envoy Partner); Damuth Services, Inc.; Trane Parts Center; ECPI College of Technology; Farm Fresh, Inc.; Hourigan Construction Corp.; Military Newspapers of Virginia; Navy Federal Credit Union; Trinity Tattoo Company; and USAA (Table).