A special time dedicated to honoring those who have put their lives at risk in order to preserve the safety of our community. Through this event, local businesses and the community can share their thanks with all area responders and their families for their sacrifice of service.
Our keynote speaker is Robert Gest III, Ed.D. Dr. Robert Gest III is the retired (2002) Deputy Director of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI), a senior civilian professional/executive development institute, in Charlottesville, Virginia. After a short stint as a teacher, Dr. Gest entered the United States Air Force in November 1959 as a basic trainee. He later attended Officer Training School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 1960. Over the next thirty years, he rose through the officer ranks to the grade of Colonel. Dr. Gest was assigned to many military bases all over the world and his principal assignments were in Personnel and Administration, interspersed with those of Inspector General and Deputy Base Commander. He retired from active duty in July 1989.