- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 23, 2006

It’s good to see things happen in a positive way in this town, to wit the following news from the SemperComm organization:

Sounding every bit as patriotic as the size of the room, country singing star Aaron Tippin rang out his anthem, “Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly,” for a large gathering of military supporters at the 2006 SemperComm Gala and Silent Auction. Conducted in the grand ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Washington, D.C., the gala attracted more than 600 well-wishers and donors from all over the country. Defense contractors, local and national business leaders, foreign dignitaries, members of Congress, government leaders and military brass all descended on Washington to help raise funds for the SemperComm Foundation.

The SemperComm Foundation is working to provide overseas remote U.S. military bases with communications and entertainment equipment, software and services. Unfortunately, because of their size and proximity to the larger bases, budgeted funds for morale, welfare and recreation equipment of this type are limited. SemperComm’s services are vital to the morale of service members at such remote installations.

Master of Ceremonies Gordon Peterson, WJLA-TV anchor and former U.S. Marine, kicked off the event by bringing to the stage Linda LaRoche, Computer Systems Center Incorporated’s (CSCI) CEO and founding officer of SemperComm. “We’re here tonight because we have something to give back to all the men and women serving our country,” said LaRoche. “Our cause may not be headline-grabbing, but it’s important for our guys and gals to be able to touch base with their loved ones when they’re so far away from home. When they’ve given so much for us, this is the least we can do for them.”

Let me add my thanks to those who supported this very worthy cause: Hoo-Ah!

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