Chamber to Host State's Military Advisor Nov.15
The Moore County Chamber of Commerce will be host an event Nov. 15 at the National Golf Club as part of its Community and Military Connection series.
It will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. The program presenter will be John Nicholson, the military affairs adviser for the office of Gov. Beverly Perdue.
The luncheon fee is $25 for Chamber and MOAA members and $50 for nonmembers. Preregistration and payment are required.
"The Chamber is honored to be hosting Mr. Nicholson," said Patrick Coughlin, Chamber president and CEO. "At the Chamber, we recognize that our military is a valued asset and community partner contributing on both local and state levels."
Nicholson will discuss the state's plans on how North Carolina can leverage its military relationships and continue to grow the military and defense business presence in North Carolina. This program will provide a direct link and resource for our community leaders to learn more about how the military impacts our community and beyond, a Chamber news release said.
In his role, Nicholson is charged with leading and coordinating the governor's efforts to develop and grow jobs through North Carolina's military and defense economy and serve as a liaison to the leadership of North Carolina's military installations, defense business and economic development organizations, higher education and military and veteran groups.
Prior to joining the governor's staff, Nicholson served for 28 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a colonel in October 2010. An artillery officer by military occupational specialty, he served in a variety of operational and staff positions around the world throughout his career, including tours with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Marine Corps headquarters in Washington D.C., and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command Coordination Element, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Nicholson completed his undergraduate studies in 1982 at San Diego State University, and holds a master's degree in military studies from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Va., and a master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
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