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USMC's Voegel to Speak at Veterans Salute

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

USMC Gunnery Sgt. Marie VoegelWINTERVILLE—U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Marie Voegel will be the keynote speaker Tuesday, when Pitt Community College holds a ceremony on campus to honor the nation’s veterans.

PCC’s annual “Veterans Salute” is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the Craig F. Goess Student Center multipurpose room. The program is free and open to the public.

Born in Anchorage, Voegel enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1999 to become an aviation ordnance technician. She was deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Southern Watch/Southern Focus and Operation Enduring Freedom and currently serves as ordnance chief for Marine Attack Squadron 542 (VMA-542) at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

In more than 15 years with the Marine Corps, Voegel has served in many capacities, including Ammunition Stock Recording Section clerk and drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. She was also selected to the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor program at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Voegel’s personal awards as a Marine include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with one gold star) and Good Conduct Medal (with three bronze stars).

Tuesday’s “Veterans Salute” will be the 17th PCC has held to honor the nation’s military personnel, past and present, in conjunction with Veterans Day.