On Friday, November 18, in a joint ceremony at Navy Reserve Forces Command Headquarters, Vice Admiral Dirk J. Debbink, Chief of Navy Reserve and Commander, Navy Reserve Force, along with Steve Villalpando, Chairman of the Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Committee, presented the Chamber with a certificate of appreciation for its support of the Navy Reserve. Candace Reid, Director of Municipal & Governmental Affairs, accepted the award on the Chamber’s behalf. Eight other employers from the Hampton Roads area were also honored.
Jack Hornbeck, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, previously signed an ESGR Statement of Support publicly announcing the Chamber's endorsement of members of the National Guard and Reserve. National Guard and Reserve members comprise about one-half of our military forces. The Chamber encourages employers to publicly show their approval of the National Guard and Reserve by obtaining, signing and displaying a Statement of Support, counter signed by the Secretary of Defense, from National ESGR at www.esgr.com.
Mr. Hornbeck was also appointed as a local Board Member of the Selective Service System in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Selective Service Local Board is a group of five citizen volunteers whose mission, upon a draft, will be to decide who among the registrants in their community will receive deferments, postponements, or exemption from military service based on the individual registrant's circumstances and beliefs. The appointment was made by the Director of Selective Service in the name of the President, upon the recommendation of the Governor of Virginia.