Watch: UMGC hosts Veterans Day 2020 virtual ceremony

UMGC hosts a 2020 Veterans Day virtual ceremony.
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The University of Maryland Global Campus is holding a Veterans Day ceremony virtually through an interactive website on Nov. 11. The event is expected to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and honor veterans, including UMGC students, faculty and staff who served.

Watch the event live starting at 11 a.m. EST on Nov. 11: 

U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Maryland, is set to deliver the keynote address. 

Brown, a retired colonel of the Army Reserve, has more than 25 years of military service and is currently vice-chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. In the Army, Brown served as an aviator and JAG officer, graduating first in his flight class and receiving Airborne and Air Assault qualifications. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his distinguished services. In 2004, while deployed in Iraq, Brown earned the Bronze Star. 

During the ceremony, UMGC will honor Air Force Master Sgt. Joseph Cabrera with the Gen. John W. Vessey Jr. Student Veteran of the Year Award. Cabrera is currently serving in Okinawa, Japan, and completed his bachelor's degree at UMGC in 2012 and is now pursuing a master's degree in management with a project management concentration. 

Cabrera is a specialist section chief in the 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the 18th  Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa where he leads a team of 87 permanent part F-15C/D technicians and 231 senior enlisted leaders as the Maintenance Group's Top III President and mentors airmen across 12 Air Force specialty codes. Cabrera also advises the commander on maintenance production's short- and long-term fleet health concerns affecting assigned aircraft.

“This Veterans Day, whether you celebrate it solemnly or festively, please take a moment to remember those men and women who have worn the uniform of this nation throughout its history,” said retired Army Maj. Gen. Milo Miles, senior vice president of Global Military Operations at University of Maryland Global Campus. “It is a privilege to serve them and an honor to serve beside you.”

Read Miles' personal reflection on his family's military service history, including his father's service in three United States armed conflicts, beginning in Japan at the end of World War II, here.

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