OUR COMMUNITY SALUTES
COMMITTEE

Lead Volunteer:
Ric Trimillos

EMAIL
719-922-7752

WE NEED HELP FOR 2024!

https://www.ourcommunitysalutes.org

We support the next generation of patriots enlisting in the U.S. Armed Services after graduation from high school.  We honor and support our nation’s newest and youngest service members.  

NDIA’s vision is to add a new location in Colorado over the next four years to honor all parts of the state. We expect over 200 new enlistees and their parents to attend a ceremony in 2024. Please consider volunteering to help plan the two events slated for 1 May 2024 in Denver and 2 May 2024 in Colorado Springs.

Financial Support can be rendered at: https://www.ourcommunitysalutes.org/ways-to-give

TESTIMONIALS

“Today more than ever, our nation’s newest and youngest service members need to know that their community and country stand behind their decision to serve our nation.” Dr. Kenneth Hartman, founder of Our Community Salutes. “College-bound seniors and Division 1 athletes get much recognition. This is the signing ceremony for our nation’s military-bound seniors.”
OCS Founder Dr. Ken Hartman

“Colorado Springs is a national model on supporting our military community while they serve in the military and after transitioning out of national service. Our Community Salutes is filling a void at the beginning of a military career with not only a patriotic ‘Thank you for your service,’ but also education about early adult decisions like health benefits, retirement plans, Department of Defense insurance options, and commercial services that specialize in supporting the unique military lifestyle.”
Ric Trimillos, local chapter president and National Defense Industrial Association committee lead.

Check out last year’s ceremony!

MAY IS MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH
NDIA RMC HONORS MILITARY-BOUND HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
AT A LOCAL CEREMONY ON MAY 3, 2023

Senior Military and Community Leaders addressed over 250 Coloradians and 88 honorees at the dinner ceremony.

NDIA RMC partnered with Our Community Salutes, a national non-profit organization, to recognize and honor high school seniors (and their parents) who plan to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces immediately after high school graduation. These Seniors represent just one percent of all high school graduates. Over the past 14 years, OCS Ceremonies have been conducted in over 70 locations throughout the country, including New Jersey,  Philadelphia, Delaware, Cleveland, Jacksonville (F.L.), Baton Rouge, Miami, Toledo, Hawaii, San Antonio, San Juan (P.R.), and Washington (D.C.). 2023 was the first year Colorado hosted a ceremony.

Below are links to local media reporting on the event:

Fox News    https://www.fox21news.com/news/honoring-the-newest-southern-colorado-service-members/

KRDO News   https://krdo.com/top-stories/2023/05/03/national-non-profit-hosts-event-to-recognize-local-high-school-students-who-plan-to-enlist/

Gazette Article    https://gazette.com/military/colorado-springs-area-students-honored-for-committing-to-join-the-military-after-graduation/article_5d049a8c-eaac-11ed-a8b8-9376c2562734.html

Podcast: Veterans Voice    https://www.veteransvoice.us/e/be-the-first-to-say-thank-you/