By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cory Asato, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
BREMERTON, Wash. — Olympic College (OC) hosted its 6th annual A Tribute To Veterans & Active Duty Military on the college’s Bremerton campus, May 14.
The function was held in recognition of college’s achievements through their Veteran and Military Support Center, established in 2011.
Capt. Thomas Zwolfer, commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap, and Capt. David Kohnke, commanding officer of Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport served as guest speakers while Bremerton High School’s Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps served as the color guard during the national anthem, performed by the college’s Jazzline.
Kohnke referenced President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous quote in relation to how the military and OC gives service members their fair dues, “All I ask is a square deal for every man. Give him a fair chance. Do not let him wrong any one, and do not let him be wronged.”
“The military has helped to lay a solid foundation for our service members,” said Kohnke. “OC will help to build upon that to feed this nation’s work force. Now it is up to [you] to pursue a higher education.”
The college currently boasts the second largest veteran population among universities and colleges in Wash., according to OC.
The event was followed by a USO hosted luncheon.
Zwolfer closed his speech by emphasizing teamwork, among other attributes, service members bring to the learning environment.
“Many service members can offer valuable insight on the course to success,” said Zwolfer. “I now leave you with a challenge to help each other succeed.”