The Secretary participates in many events across the Commonwealth. Here, you can find select photos from events she's attended.
Governor Bob McDonnell recognized currently serving and past Veterans for their service and thanked their families for their contributions at the Commonwealth Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2013, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis A. Green, senior enlisted leader for the Virginia National Guard, presented a memorial wreath to recognize the contributions of Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen, Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard Funeral Honors Program served as the honor guard for the ceremony and members of the Virginia Defense Force provided traffic control and parking assistance. Veterans Day has been observed at the War Memorial annually since 1956. Since September 11, 2001, more than 15,000 Va. Soldiers and Airmen have mobilized on federal active duty for combat operations, peacekeeping and homeland security missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo and other locations around the world.
About 150 Soldiers from the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company are currently on federal active duty and stationed at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan where they are conducting transportation support operations, and you can read about Governor Bob McDonnell's recent visit with those Soldiers at http://go.usa.gov/WX7P.
Veterans Day has been observed at the War Memorial annually since 1956, and members of the VDF have volunteered their time to support the event for the past several years. Read about the VDF's recent Change of Unit Designation Ceremony that was part of the organization’s ongoing reorganization and modernization effort at http://go.usa.gov/WXGV.
There are approximately 90 Soldiers in the Virginia National Guard Funeral Honors Program who support nearly 250 funerals each month, and since the program began in January 2007 they have provided support for more than 11,000 funerals across the commonwealth. Read about the Funeral Honors Program's recent recognition by the Secretary of Public Safety at http://go.usa.gov/WXGH
On November 11, 2012, USMC veteran Sergeant Brendan O'Toole, along with a small volunteer support staff led by Joey Dwyer embarked on a 3,600 mile run across the United States of America in honor of the selfless men and women who have served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Run for Veterans' goal is to raise awareness to support the United States Armed Forces veterans, combat veterans, disabled veterans, and their families.
Glenn Oder, Executive Director of the Fort Monroe Authority, passed a ceremonial key to the Governor and First Lady of Virginia today at Fort Monroe on the steps of the Freedom Support Center to mark the launch of the new Center. The Freedom Support Center will serve as a highly collaborative "one-stop" service facility for active, reserve and National Guard service members, their families and veterans by connecting these individuals and families with organizations that can assist with their current circumstances as well as the transition back to civilian life.
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Secretary Terrie L. Suit recently visited the Integrated Emergency Operations Center at the Pentagon in
Washington, D.C. During this visit Secretary Suit spent time coordinating with Pentagon Emergency Operations representatives on issues of mutual interest with regards to all-hazard preparedness. The visit also included a tour of the 9/11 Memorial, and Pentagon Briefing Room where she took questions from her colleagues.
Photo: Erica Berrigan
Starting on May 28 in California and ending July 28 in Virginia Beach, a group of disabled veterans from America’s military are riding bicycles, hand cycles, and recumbent cycles from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Today, this group of veterans was greeted by supporters in Capitol Square and welcomed at the Executive Mansion by Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Paul Galanti and State Senator Walter Stosch, who is also a veteran. Due to a death in the family, Governor and Mrs. McDonnell were not in Richmond to personally welcome them this afternoon.
For more information on the “Sea to Shining Sea” ride, visit http://www.s2ssbikeride.org/
Governor Bob McDonnell launched the new Virginia Veterans ID Card during an afternoon event at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond. The card is available from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), in partnership with the Department of Veterans Services (DVS), and will help thousands of Virginia veterans identify themselves as veterans and obtain retail and restaurant discounts around the state. Governor McDonnell, a U.S. Army veteran who served for a total of 21 years in active duty and reserve roles, visited the DMV 2 Go mobile office at today’s event and was one of the first to apply for the new ID card.
Governor and Mrs. McDonnell participated in the Memorial Day “Honoring our Heroes” Wall of Honor ceremony and laid a wreath at the Shrine of Memory at the Virginia War Memorial. They were joined by veterans, family members of those listed on the Shrine of Memory, Virginia War Memorial and the Wall of Honor, and several hundred members of the public. This year, the names of 40 additional heroes were recognized and to be added to Virginia’s Wall of Honor.
A proclamation signing ceremony for Military Appreciation Month was held on board the USS San Jacinto. The purpose of the the Proclamation is to reaffirm the Commonwealth's support of the United States military, service members, families and veterans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Molly Anne Greendeer/Released)
Governor McDonnell holds a “Year of the Entrepreneur” Veteran-Entrepreneur Roundtable. The governor and Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Terrie Suit joined student veterans, veteran-entrepreneurs and leaders in the military community for a discussion on entrepreneurship in Virginia and the needs of established and future entrepreneurs in the veteran community.
Photos provided by Photographer: Chuck Thomas, Old Dominion University
Wayne Halbleib presents the U.S. Flag and a Certificate to Governor McDonnell. The Flag was flown by 1st Lieutenant Chris Halbleib, United States Air Force, son of Wayne Halbleib, over the skies of Afghanistan in a MQ-1B Predator piloted by Chris in our nation's War Against Terrorism. The Certificate recognizes Governor McDonnell and is signed by Chris on behalf of the men and women of the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron of the United States Air Force in Afghanistan. Chris wants Governor McDonnell to have the Flag and Certificate in view of his prior military service and the strong support the Governor has shown for the men and women in Virginia, both active duty military and veterans, who have sacrificed to make us free.
an address to the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations, and joined by veteran and Virginia National Guard leaders, Governor Bob McDonnell announced today legislative and administrative initiatives to continue his effort to make Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in America.
Governor McDonnell Addresses 70th Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony and Places Wreath at Virginia War Memorial
Governor McDonnell along with the Secretaries of Technology and Veterans Affairs & Homeland Security met with leaders throughout the U.S. to discuss modeling and simulation in Virginia.
(Photographer: Julie Gifford)
The ceremony marked a major step in the reversionary process whereby possession of Fort Monroe will transfer from the military to the Commonwealth. This process was set in motion by the 2005 Base Re-Alignment and Closure decision. The iconic Fort Monroe has been home to the United State Army since 1823 and has played a pivotal role in the history of the nation.
Governor McDonnell Holds a Second Press Briefing on Hurricane Irene.
Governor McDonnell today visited Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center to thank veterans of World War II on the 67th anniversary of D-Day. The event took place in Richmond.
Governor McDonnell traveled to Fort Lee to sign into law 25 bills aimed at assisting active-duty military members, veterans and their families. The new laws are part of the Governor’s ongoing effort to make Virginia “America’s most Veteran-Friendly State” and were passed by the General Assembly during the 2011 session. More information on the new laws can be found here: www.governor.virginia.gov/News/viewRelea se.cfm?id=666
Governor-elect McDonnell gets sworn in as the 71st Governor on the steps of the Capitol in Richmond, VA.