Senator Bill DeSteph, a 20-year Navy Veteran was the keynote speaker. “I am honored and humbled to be here and to be on the other side of this recognition. 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,” DeSteph said.
Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Oceana, Captain Chad Vincelette, pointed out the reception aligns with the Armed Forces Week of National Military Appreciation Month. Naval Air Station Oceana is celebrating its 75th anniversary. “The professionalism and dedication of these men and women are what keeps this master jet base running. The enduring commitment of the Hampton Roads community really embraces us as part of the fabric of this community,” Vincelette said. Addressing the business community in attendance, Vincelette said, “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.”
Bryan K. Stephens, President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber said, “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. That center has been opened less than 2 months and has placed nearly 80 transitioning service members or their spouses in jobs in Hampton Roads.”
The Hampton Roads Chamber means business and we work to be an inspiring ignitor, powerful economic partner, and impactful advocate for our members. The local military presence in Hampton Roads is a powerful economic partner for our region and we believe acknowledging the inspiring and important work of our service members and advocating on their behalf is of the utmost importance.
Thank you to our sponsors: 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).