The Land of the Free Because of the Brave
January 28, 2016 // 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. // Harbour View, Woodbridge
$45/Members, $60/Non-Members // Register>>
Join us for this special annual luncheon where we will honor active-duty service members alongside the veterans in our midst. We have invited the Garrison Commanders from Ft. Belvoir and Marine Corps Base Quantico to provide an update on their respective posts. We will offer special recognition for outstanding Soldiers and Marines and hear from our Veterans Council on what’s new for 2016.
Sgt. Major Carlton Kent, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
Carlton Kent served 36 years as a United States Marine until retiring as the 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps in June 2011. In this role, he held responsibilities that included principal advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
He also served as an advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, and Secretary of Defense on all Marine Corps matters. He also testified to Congress on quality of life issues affecting Marines and their families.
Sergeant Major Kent served at numerous levels as a Non-commissioned Officer and Staff Non-commissioned Officer. Some of his billets includes; Drill Instructor, Director at Non-commissioned Officers School, Platoon Sergeant, Company Gunnery Sergeant, Company First Sergeant, and numerous levels as a Sergeant Major. Sergeant Major Kent also served at the American Embassies in Kinshasa, Zaire, and Panama City, Panama.
Before launching Kent, Campa, and Kate Incorporated, with the 11th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Joe Campa, and Marine and Vietnam Veteran, Bob Turner, Carlton Kent served as Director, Veteran Support, and Development Office for CACI International Incorporated.
His awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Gold Star in lieu of second award, a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Kent earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a Masters Degree in Education, Trident University International, and a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership, Trident University International.
Sponsor a table for veterans!
For $500, sponsors receive 2 seats for themselves along with the privilege to sit with 8 local military veterans. These seats can be given to individuals of the sponsor’s choosing, or the Chamber can invite veterans on the sponsor’s behalf. Sponsors also receive recognition, including:
Company name on tabletop sign // Company name in scrolling PowerPoint // Display table // Listing in online calendar with hyperlink
To become a Salute Sponsor, go to the online registration page. Once you initiate the registration process, the sponsorship options will appear. You can also contact our events staff with any questions you may have firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.368.6600.
Special thanks to the following additions to our program:
Freedom High School Junior ROTC Color Guard for Presentation of Colors // Caleb Green, Director of CAMMO (Center for American Military Music Opportunities) for Singing the National Anthem // CAMMO Quartet for music during lunch // Caroline Doolin, Student at Forest Park High School sharing experiences as a child of a military family