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Retired Marine to Speak at Veterans Salute

Pitt Community College will honor the nation’s military veterans Friday with the annual “PCC Veterans Salute,” featuring remarks from retired Marine Maggie Weder.WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will honor the nation’s military veterans Friday with the annual “PCC Veterans Salute,” featuring remarks from retired Marine Maggie Weder.

The program—PCC’s 20th to pay tribute to the country’s military personnel in conjunction with Veterans Day—will begin at 9 a.m. in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s Davenport Multipurpose Room. It is free and open to the public.

Weder, who enlisted in 1975, spent 22 years in the Marine Corps. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1992, she was transferred to the temporary disabled list before the disease ultimately led to her retirement in 1997.

A Michigan native, Weder served at Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego as a casualty assistance specialist after completing recruit training and a legal services specialist course. She was selected to attend Drill Instructor School after a meritorious promotion to sergeant and was assigned to Parris Island, where she led combat transition for women as a senior drill instructor.

As part of her duties at Parris Island, Weder was responsible for the development and implementation of the Physical Conditioning Platoon, a tool used to help Marines become more physically fit. As a result of her outstanding performance as a drill instructor, she was meritoriously promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.

In 1984, Weder was assigned to the prestigious Marine Barracks at Eighth & I in Washington, D.C. There, she was selected for promotion to chief warrant officer by future Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Peter Pace out of a pool of more than 1,200 applicants.

Sponsored by the PCC Student Veterans Association, this year’s Veterans Salute will feature a pair of performances by the PCC Chorale and a JROTC Color Guard from D.H. Conley High School posting the colors.

Prior to the ceremony, all faculty and staff who are veterans will be served breakfast in the Walter and Marie Williams Dining Room. Student veterans in good standing at the college are also invited to the event, which will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

All veterans planning to attend the breakfast are asked to contact Brady Quinn at dquinn@email.pittcc.edu prior to the event to give organizers an accurate headcount.


11/02/2017