At a dinner held on May 9 at the Cumberland Inn and Suites, five Charlton County High School students were recognized for their decision to enlist in the US military. The banquet, called Our Community Salutes, was given to allow the community to be the first to say, “thank you for your service.” A total of 21 students attended from Charlton County High School and Camden County High School along with 60 supporting family members.
Dr. John Lairsey, Superintendent of Charlton County Schools, recognized each of the future enlistees and their parents saying, “As military service takes you to faraway places and even perhaps into harm’s way, please know that the people of Charlton County, appreciates you for what you are doing.”
A total of 31 students to include eight from Charlton County High School and 23 Camden County High School seniors are enlisting upon graduation and have been accepted by their prospective military branches. Forty community leaders and members of various veterans and military support organizations attended to show their support for the students and their families.
Air Force Major General Robert Dickman (Retired) served as the Master of Ceremonies of the event. He commended the students for their decision to enlist but also recognized that what they were about to embark upon can be a daunting venture. He also congratulated parents of the students that they have both made the decision to serve but also have met the rigorous standards of military service. The primary speaker for the event was Chief of the Boat, Master Chief, Tracy Crihfield, USS Georgia, SSGN-729 (Gold). The submarine senior enlisted leader congratulated the students for their decision to enlist but also challenged them to do their best in the training they face in the near future.
Recognizing that over 70 percent of our nation’s youth are not eligible for recruitment into the armed forces, the Kings Bay Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) sought to recognize those young people from Camden County High School and Charlton County High School who have made the decision to enlist in our Armed Forces. To make this dinner possible, Kings Bay MOAA secured a Community Outreach Grant from the national MOAA organization. MOAA is made up of over 350,000 active and retired military officers from around the country who live by the motto: Never Stop Serving. Other groups including the Navy League, Veterans and Foreign Wars and SUBVETS supported the event.