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• Kudos to the American Legion and U.S. Chamber of Commerce for recently hosting a National Credentialing Summit at the chamber’s Hall of Flags, 1615 H St. NW.

The summit brought together experts and stakeholders on licensing and credentialing issues for veterans seeking employment in the private sector, and broke down complexities of the civilian credentialing system.

Summit agenda and panel descriptions are attached. Panelists included:

* Ed Kringer, DoD’s state liaison and educational opportunity;
* David Rich, director of the Veterans Employment and Training, Delaware;
* Cassandra Coney, education and career specialist, U.S. Marine Corps;
* Col. Laurence Lobdell, Training Integration Directorate, U.S. Army;
* Erin Thede, U.S. Army Reserve Employer Partnership Program;
* Roy Swift, American National Standards Institute;
* Peg Harrison, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board;
* David Wescott, North Carolina State Approving Agency;
* Col. Gregory Harris, Employer Partnership Program, U.S. Army Reserve;
* Bob Simoneau, National Association of State Workforce Agencies;
* Marion Cain, Training Readiness and Strategy, Department of Defense;
* Lisa Lutz, contractor/project manager, Army Credentialing Opportunities Online;
* George Bieber, Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program, DoD;
* Command Master Sergeant Denise Jelinski-Hall, National Guard Bureau;
* Robert Schwartz, Wounded Warrior Program, Helmets to Hardhats; and
* Selden Fritschner, Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration.

• Memorial Day Weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Rolling Thunder in Washington, D.C., an annual Demonstration Run that attracts more than 450,000 motorcyclists and over a million attendees. C*A*M*M*O (the Center for American Military Music Opportunities) will be presenting a Tribute Stage for special entertainment to commemorate Rolling Thunder’s 25th anniversary. The event will take place Saturday, May 26, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be located at Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive.

The tribute event will feature top musical entertainment, including nationally recognized military artists and speakers. Cathie Lechareas, executive director of C*A*M*M*O, states; “C*A*M*M*O would like to recognize the work that Rolling Thunder has done for our veterans throughout the last 25 years, from legislation to charities.”

A commemorative custom bike build project that represents each branch of the military will feature the stellar talents of the following four legendary builders; Brigitte Bourget of Bourget Bike Works, Dar Holdsworth of Darwin Motorcycles, Billy Lane of Choppers Inc. and Kiwi Mike of Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Co. The bikes will be unveiled on the Tribute Stage. Jay Allen, an icon in the motorcycle culture, creator of the world famous Broken Spoke Saloon and the facilitator of the bike build endeavor, will emcee from the Tribute Stage.

“It is an honor to be a part of this history-making weekend recognizing 25 years of Rolling Thunder. My deepest gratitude goes out to the service men and service women of our fine country” Mr. Allen said.

C*A*M*M*O’s mission has three goals and each goal centers on opportunities.

* To create therapeutic programs that provide outlets for our service members and veterans;
* To train and educate service members and veterans in music industry and related career choices; and
* To provide proper instruction in order to become top professionals in the entertainment industry.

Rolling Thunder’s Demonstration Run is not only a demonstration for the Prisoner of War, Missing in Action (POW/MIA) issue but also a demonstration of patriotism and respect for service members and veterans from all wars. C*A*M*M*O salutes Rolling Thunder, veterans and all of the service men and women. For more information, visit www.cammomusic.org.

Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box 65900, Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330, call 202/257-5446 or email sgtshaft@bavf.org.