The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Presents Military Citizen of the Year Award on October 7

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Presents Military Citizen of the Year Award on October 7

NORFOLK, VA – The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 2011 Military Citizen of the Year Luncheon.  This annual event is held in conjunction with Fleet Week, the Navy’s Annual birthday celebration.  The luncheon will be held Friday, October 7, from 12:00pm-2:00pm at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, located at 235 E. Main St., Norfolk.  At the luncheon, the annual Samuel T. Northern Military Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to the enlisted military individual whose personal and public contributions have had the most positive effect on the Hampton Roads community.  The luncheon also gives the Hampton Roads business community the opportunity to show its appreciation for the local military presence here.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell will serve as the keynote speaker.  He is a survivor of the of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. He received burns over 60 percent of his body and has undergone 30 operations. Following several operations, and numerous skin grafts, Birdwell has made a miraculous recovery.  At the time of the Pentagon attack, Birdwell served on the Department of the Army staff as the military aide to the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installations Management.

For online reservations, visit or call 622-2312. Tickets are $45 each for Chamber members and $65 each for prospective members.

Samuel T. Northern was a local businessman who devoted most of his life to strengthening the relationship between the local community and the military. Since 1951, this award has benn given annually to recognize the military citizen who has made the most significant contribution in the area of community service. Each year, commands based throughout Hampton Roads are asked to nominate individuals for this honor. Members of the Chamber’s Armed Forces Committee then select the winner based upon their full, active and sustained participation in activities that benefit the community. Nominees are involved in everything from coaching Little League® teams, youth mentoring, fundraising, emergency medical services, and many, many more community programs.

About the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, member-based business organization. The Chamber is a vigorous advocate for the economic success of its nearly 2,000 member businesses, which employ more than 280,000 men and women in southeastern Virginia.  The Chamber promotes Hampton Roads’ healthy business climate through economic development, public policy initiatives, services and benefits to members.  The Chamber is dedicated to creating economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life in Hampton Roads.


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