"Massing of the Colors"
By Chris Calkins, 45th SW/PA
/ Published November 15, 2010
Cocoa, Fla. -- The 28th Annual "Massing of the Colors" was held at the George F. Schlatter Veterans Memorial Amphitheater at Brevard Community College, Cocoa Campus, on Nov. 11.
The event was co-sponsored by Brevard Community College and the Military Order of World Wars, and was attended by many area senior leaders, including Brig. Gen. Ed. Wilson, commander of the 45th Space Wing, Col. Aaron Prupas, commander, Air Force Technical Applications Center, and Navy CAPT Ann Burkhardt, vice-commandant, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.
It was an incredibly heart-felt ceremony this year as another name was added to the Brevard County "Hall of Recognition". Army Pfc. James Page, 23, was recently killed in Afghanistan and his mother, Deana Strickland of Cocoa, was recognized during the somber ceremony.
Hundreds of flags, including a joint service color guard from DEOMI, were featured during the event, which culminated in a Twenty-one Gun salute and tribute to those serving in harm' s way today.
Currently, Patrick AFB has over 200 Airmen deployed to locations across the globe supporting ongoing contingency operations.