By Emily Crisman
There were lots of great ideas going around at the Chamber’s last Military Affair Committee Meeting. If you are not aware, the committee meets the second Thursday of month at 7:30 AM to discuss ways to build a community that ties together Oceanside and Camp Pendleton. As well as hear an update on what is happening in the Marine Corps from Colonel Craft or another military representative.
This past week Colonel Craft had a prior commitment to attend a Commanders Conference, however attending in his place was Lieutenant Colonel Souders as our liaison for Camp Pendleton. Lieutenant Colonel Souders presented a brief update on numbers of troops deployed, retention rate, and the current state of operations. More-so she was an incredible source of knowledge for the chamber members to ask questions and share ideas for how the chamber can be a resource for the Marines and sailors in the area.
A couple of ways the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce hopes to become involved in the military community is to attend the weekly Welcome Aboard meetings held by MCCS on Camp Pendleton; and honor a military member of the Month in the same way we award a chamber member of the Month. Hopefully these two ideas will be implemented by 2016!
In addition a short video was played recapping the Oceanside Chamber staff’s experience at J. Wayne day on Camp Pendleton. They provided a behind the scenes tour of the Camp Pendleton Security Department, Fire Department and Air Station. It all looked like fun!
If you are interested in joining the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee, we would love to have you in attendance at our next meeting in October. You must be a Chamber member to attend. If you are not a chamber member but interested in joining contact the VP of Membership, Elizabeth at Elizabeth@oceansidechamber.com
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