Several Middletown residents were among the military officers and high school seniors recognized during the second-annual “Our Community Salutes” dinner earlier this month.
Organized by the Delaware chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army, the event at Wilmington University’s main campus in New Castle honored 29 high school students who plan to enlist in the military after graduation.
NBC 10 reporter Tim Furlong of Wilmington emceed the ceremony in which the students received letters of appreciation from U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), U.S. Rep. John Carney (D-Del.) and the veterans affairs committees of the state house and senate.
Guest speakers at the dinner included Brigadier Gen. Carol Timmons, the assistant adjutant general of the Delaware Air National Guard; Command Chief Master Sgt. James M. Smith of the 436th Airlift Wing at the Dover Air Force Base; and retired Brigadier Gen. Terry L. Wiley, a Middletown resident who currently serves as the chairman of the Delaware Military Heritage and Educational Foundation.
Middletown resident Gary Dawson also made introductory remarks. A retired colonel with the Delaware Army National Guard, Dawson currently serves as president of the Delaware chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army.
About 140 people attended the May 1 event, which was co-sponsored by Summit Aviation, Delaware City Refining Company, the Navy Federal Credit Union and AAA Mid-Atlantic.