New Jersey

OCS of South Jersey 2019 Ceremony

11th Annual OCS High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony in South Jersey, featuring Army Major General Frank Muth, Commanding General of Army Recruiting Command

May 24th, 2019|Categories: National, New Jersey, OCS South Jersey|

Military-bound high school students honored at Rowan College at Burlington County

Burlington County Times | Local | Danielle DeSisto
Updated: May 23, 2018

Students who have decided to enlist in the military were honored at the county’s first Enlistee Recognition Ceremony at Rowan College at Burlington County on Wednesday. The event was held in partnership with Our Community Salutes, an organization that helps communities recognize, honor and support high school seniors who plan to enlist in the U.S. Armed Services. [more]


July 10th, 2018|Categories: National, New Jersey, OCS Burlington County|

Cape May County Honors Graduates Entering the Military

Forest Wan won’t have much of a summer vacation. Just two weeks after the Ocean City High School senior graduates, he will report to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

“I’m a first-generation American,” the 18-year-old from Upper Township said during a dinner hosted by Wildwood High School honoring Cape May County high school graduates who will enter the military. “I feel an obligation to give back.” Read more…

June 14th, 2017|Categories: National, New Jersey|

Fairleigh honors HS grads enlisting in military

Speakers at the event included Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (N-11), Fairleigh President Christopher Capuano, Our Community Salutes founder Ken Hartman, U.S. Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion, Commander Lieutenant Colonel Edward Croot, U.S. Air Force 314th Recruiting Squadron Commander Lt. Col. George A. Peasant, and New Jersey National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander Major Joseph Gagnon. Read more…

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

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|

Murphy: Soldiers must be ready to fight in a complex, volatile world

In one of his last acts as the acting Army secretary, Patrick Murphy on Tuesday swore in some of the Army’s newest recruits.

“We need to set the tone that every soldier is a soldier for life, and that means you’re a leader of character for a lifetime of service,” said Murphy, who on Wednesday resumed full-time his role as the service’s under secretary after serving as the acting secretary while Eric Fanning awaited Senate confirmation. Fanning was sworn in as the service’s top civilian leader on Wednesday. Read More…

May 19th, 2016|Categories: National, New Jersey|

Army chief praises local recruits

Patrick Murphy gave a fatherly pep talk Tuesday night to newly signed military recruits mainly from high schools in Camden County, telling them they have more courage than he and most Americans.

“You are all joining after 9/11 and after our longest war in Iraq and Afghanistan. You have more courage than I do … and more courage than most Americans right off the bat,” Murphy, the acting U.S. Army Secretary, told seniors joining various military branches.

“Remember why you were called to do this. You joined our military because you wanted to give back,” he said, adding these words of caution: “If you […]

May 19th, 2016|Categories: National, New Jersey|

Our Communities Salutes held in Voorhees for high school enlistees

A ceremony to honor military-bound high school seniors from Camden County took place at the Mansion in Voorhees on May 17th. Over 300 people attended the event, including the families of the enlistees, local celebrities, elected officials, area college presidents and school administrators, high school counselors, representatives from all Camden County veteran’s organizations, and high ranking military officers from all five branches.

The evening consisted of meeting representatives from every branch of service and local colleges during a pre-dinner meet and greet followed by the presentation of the colors; dinner; a presentation of certificates to honorees, and a formal program featuring […]

May 18th, 2016|Categories: National, New Jersey|

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.

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