George Nichols III
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May 26, 2023
Military Appreciation Month comes to an end next week following Memorial Day when we remember and honor the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for us.
Also observed in May is Military Spouse Appreciation Day, celebrated the Friday before Mother's Day, and Armed Forces Day, which honors all those actively serving each year on the third Saturday of May.
As we go about our pursuits and enjoy our liberties, nearly 1.4 million active duty service members and their spouses stand sentry to ensure our country is ready at a minute's notice. Like our health, our military community, including our guard and reserve service members, is often taken for granted daily. More often than not, when we hear of an overseas conflict, become alerted to a national threat, or require disaster recovery assistance, we acknowledge and admire just how critical they are to our security, safety, and well-being.
At The College, our military community, veterans and their spouses are a daily priority. Helping them pursue new careers in financial services as they transition to civilian life is part of our mission instituted through our Center for Military and Veterans Affairs.
I was beyond proud to see a picture of our Center for Military and Veterans Affairs Executive Director Jim Roy, PMP, appear on my screen while watching a segment before Armed Forces Day on the CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell last Thursday. O'Donnell discussed the rank of Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, the highest enlisted rank in the United States Air Force and a position only held by 19 people to date. Jim is the 16th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.
I appreciate Jim immensely every day as I do all of our faculty, staff, leadership volunteers, students, and alumni who have served and all the women and men who are serving today for their sacrifices in service to our country. I hope you enjoy this Memorial Day with those you love, doing what you love in remembrance and honor of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be free.