Medal of Honor recipient speaks at Fort McCoy Community Salute

Defense Visual Information Distribution Service | Catherine Carroll
Updated: May 19, 2018

The Fort McCoy community gathered together for an Our Community Salutes event at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin on Armed Forces Day, May 19, to salute graduating high school seniors who have enlisted in the military. [more]


July 9th, 2018|Categories: National, OCS Wisconsin, Wisconsin|

74 students enlisting to serve country get recognized after Pico Rivera teacher’s anti-military rant

KABC-TV Los Angeles | Education | Veronica Miracle
Updated: May 31, 2018

Seventy-four high school seniors were celebrated in Pico Rivera on Wednesday for their commitment to serving their country. [more]


July 9th, 2018|Categories: California, Education, National, OCS Pico Rivera|

Pico Rivera moves on from Gregory Salcido’s anti-military rant with ceremony honoring students who chose to enlist

Whittier Daily News | Local | Hayley Munguia
Updated: June 1, 2018

In a patriotic showing that included the presentation of the colors and speeches from military officers, hundreds of friends and family members of 78 local soon-to-be high school graduates filled Pico Rivera’s A Mi Hacienda restaurant and night club on Wednesday. The club had transformed into a ceremonial space to show support for the students, all of whom have opted to enlist in the military. [more]


July 9th, 2018|Categories: California, Education, National, OCS Pico Rivera|

Why we should celebrate high school grads signing up to defend us

The Washington Post | Perspective | Jay Mathews
Updated: June 17, 2018

Several years ago, Toni Stinson’s son was told he couldn’t wear special cords signifying military enlistment at his high school graduation. It would not have been disruptive. Only five or six seniors were enlisting. But the school said no. [more]


July 9th, 2018|Categories: Education, National, OCS Fredericksburg, Virginia|

When celebrating high school seniors, don’t leave out military-bound students | Opinion | Dr. Ken Hartman
Updated: MARCH 28, 2018

April marks the beginning of when 1.8 million college-bound high school seniors will decide on which college to attend in the fall, followed promptly by their parents proudly telling their friends, family, and co-workers of their child’s decision… [more]


March 29th, 2018|Categories: National, OCS South Jersey|

San Antonio Hosts 6th Annual ‘A Night in Your Honor’

Future service members, their families, educators, business leaders and military members gathered in the Rosenberg Sky Room at the University of the Incarnate Word May 17 to participate in the 6th Annual “A Night in Your Honor” sponsored by Our Community Salutes-San Antonio, or OCS.

The program began with a welcome by Dr. Cyndi Porter, president of OCS, who introduced her husband, Vincent Porter, School of Extended Studies for UIW dean, who served as master of ceremonies. Read more…

May 28th, 2017|Categories: National, OCS San Antonio, Texas|

Enlisting In The Military After High School On The Rise, Recruiters Say

Many high school students decide to get into the workforce or pursue a college degree after graduating, but more students are trying something different. They are heading into different branches of the U.S. military.

“I’m joining the Army,” said Zachary Irwin, a graduating high school senior from Camden County, New Jersey. Read more…

May 18th, 2017|Categories: National, New Jersey, OCS South Jersey|

Hundreds of San Antonio’s High School Seniors Moving on to the Military

What to do after high school? That’s a pretty big decision. Hundreds of San Antonio graduating seniors are choosing to serve their country.

Alyssa Solano’s decision to join the U.S Army was easy.

“What really inspired me was my grandfather,” she said. “He was in the Army, in the Vietnam War, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.” Read more…

May 18th, 2017|Categories: National, OCS San Antonio, Texas|

Hartman honored with U.S. Army civilian service medal

“Hartman was recognized by the U.S. Army for the national success of “Our Community Salutes,” which has blossomed into nearly 50 chapters in 19 states across the country and Puerto Rico…In a small ceremony, Hartman was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, one of the Army’s highest awards for a civilian nonemployee.” Read the full article in Camden Courier-Post. Read more in the Cherry Hill Sun.

August 5th, 2015|Categories: National, New Jersey, OCS South Jersey|

OCS Receives Award for Outstanding Community Support

OCS founder and Chairman Ken Hartman to receive the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the United States Army on Tuesday in recognition of the national success of the OCS program. The medal is one of the Army’s highest awards for a civilian non-employee. Hartman will receive the award on behalf of OCS and all of the OCS Communities.

Read more…

August 3rd, 2015|Categories: National, New Jersey, OCS South Jersey|