Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Salute to the Armed Forces

The Land of the Free Because of the Brave

January 23, 2018 // 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. // The Clubs at Quantico & Crossroads Event Center

$45/Members, $60/Non-Members // Register>>

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative is proud to support the Chamber’s Salute to the Armed Forces Luncheon as the Red, White & Blue sponsor! NOVEC is a partner of Serve Our Co-Ops; Serve Our Country, an initiative to honor and employ veterans, service members and their spouses.


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 Fort 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 2018.

Keynote Speaker:

Deshauna Barber, U.S. Army Reservist & Miss USA 2016
Read her bio

Deshauna Barber made headlines and history as the first woman actively serving in the United States military to win the Miss USA title. The daughter of an Army Master Sergeant who served in the United States Special Forces (now retired), Deshauna comes from a service-centric family. Both Deshauna’s father and mother, as well as her older brother and sister, have all served in the military. She knows firsthand the sacrifices made by our country’s servicemen and women.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Virginia State University, Deshauna went on to complete her Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems at the University of Maryland. Following her studies, Deshauna returned to D.C. as an IT Analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2011, Deshauna commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and is currently a Logistics Commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Rockville, Maryland.

Deshauna is passionate about serving the men and women in the U.S. military, and as Miss USA, specifically focused her efforts on PTSD treatment for soldiers returning from deployments and suicide prevention in the Armed Forces.


Special thanks to Community Sponsor Prince William Living  and Quality of Life Vision Partner Zeiders Enterprises

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 or 703.368.6600.

Special thanks to the following additions to our program:

The U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard for Presentation of Colors // Caleb Green, Director of CAMMO (Center for American Military Music Opportunities) for Singing the National Anthem // Special guest Veterans (World War II and Korean War) from Potomac Place Assisted Living Community

Liberty Sponsor: Contract Solutions Inc. is a nationally-recognized staffing firm providing leadership and management support services and staff augmentation for federal, state and local governments and both private for-profit and non-profit clients. For 2018, CSI and founder/CEO Corliss Udoema have launched a Military Spouse Career Initiative as a strategic effort to assist unemployed and underemployed spouses of active-duty service members. Based in Manassas, CSI was named one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. by Inc. magazine in 2017 and a Top 25 Staffing Company in the Washington Business Journal’s Book of Lists. Udoema, the 2017 Small Business Person of the Year in the Commonwealth of Virginia, was 3rd runner-up for the national award last year. Visit us at






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