By Michele Peters
(VERO BEACH, FL) The Veterans Council of Indian River County invites the community to attend a Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 30, 2022 at 8:30 am on Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary in Vero Beach’s Riverside Park. This event is free to the public.
The Veterans Council of Indian River County is honored to have Brig. General Randall C. “Arlo” Guthrie, USAF (Ret) as this year’s keynote speaker. Brig. Gen. Randall C. “Arlo” Guthrie is the mobilization assistant to the Commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center is the Air Force’s Center of Excellence for advanced expeditionary combat support training and education, while also providing direct oversight for en route and installation support, contingency response, and partner capacity building mission sets within the global mobility enterprise. The Expeditionary Center provides operational control of the Mobility Operations School and the Expeditionary Operations School, and administrative control for six wings and two groups within Air Mobility Command.
General Guthrie was commissioned through the Officer Training School in March 1983. He is a command pilot with more than 3,500 military and 8,000 civilian flying hours including tours flying T-37, F-15, C-5 and KC-135 aircraft. He has flown combat missions in Operation Enduring Freedom and combat support missions to Southwest Asia in addition to operations in Bosnia, Somalia and Haiti.
Prior to his current assignment, the general served in several key leadership positions, including vice commander of an Air Force Reserve wing and an air expeditionary combat wing. He has also served as the mobilization assistant to the 618 AOC (TACC) commander and senior individual mobilization augmentee to the Director of Global Reach Programs on the Air Staff at the Pentagon.
“The Veterans Council is proud to present this Memorial Day Observance and we hope all will join us for our annual tradition where we remember those who went to war and gave the ultimate sacrifice.” said Carlos Halcomb, Interim Executive Director of the Veterans Council.
The ceremony will start promptly at 9:00 am and will include full military honors, with the Parade of the Colors. Ample parking is available at Riverside Park. Please remember to bring your lawn chair to enjoy this ceremony.
The Veterans Council of Indian River County is the lead agency for providing programs and direct aid to veterans and their families in Indian River County and is a United Way of Indian River partner agency. The mission of Veterans Council of Indian River County is to support all Indian River County veterans and their families while raising awareness of veteran’s needs and their contributions to society.
For more information about the Veterans Council of Indian River County, visit http://helpIRCvets.org or call (772) 410-5820.