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Air Zoo to host Navy Day

June 19, 2009

Source: Jennifer Cunningham
Job Title: Communications & Public Relations Manager
Phone: (269) 382-6555 x 124

Though it's sometimes a tough job, many men and women in the armed forces are making a career in the military. For others, serving their country as a reservist is a better fit. On Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m., the Air Zoo will be hosting a "Navy Day," which will include the commissioning ceremony of a Navy Reserve Officer and the re-swearing in of several local men and women who are about to begin their Navy careers. In addition, the Air Zoo/Navy race car from the Kalamazoo Speedway will be making an appearance.

Navy Lieutenant Jennifer Reid will be presiding over the commissioning ceremony and will give
Ensign Jennifer Cunningham her oath of office. Cunningham was selected earlier this year to receive the direct commission and will be serving as a Navy Reserve Public Affairs Officer for Pacific Command Detachment 322, based in the state of Washington. In her civilian job, she is the Air Zoo's communications and public relations manager.

The commissioning ceremony will follow the re-swearing in of more than 20 local Sailors who will be attending recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois. The Sailors are part of the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), which allows recruits to join the Navy while delaying their boot camp date in order to finish school and for other reasons. This will be the first time the families of the Sailors will see them swear in. One of the recruits will receive a "DEPPER of the Quarter" award and some of the recruits will be receiving a pay grade advancement during the ceremony.

"It's an honor to be able to host this ceremony for our country's service men and women, especially as we head into the Independence Day holiday," says Bob Ellis, executive director of the Air Zoo, "It's just something small that we can do to pay tribute to those who serve and protect our country."

The Air Zoo hosts many types of special events including weddings, receptions, company picnics and parties, birthdays, family reunions, proms, project graduations and more.

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