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Wednesday, August 7
12:30 am - 10:00 am

Conference Opening Ceremonies

Independence Ballroom


Introductions by Mike Slater*, Strategic Outreach Specialist, USDOL VETS

Welcome to the Sixth Annual NASWA Veterans Conference by Beth Townsend*, Executive Director, Iowa Workforce Development, and Chair, NASWA Veterans Affairs Committee

Presentation of the Colors by Joint Armed Forces Color Guard of the Military District of Washington* 

The National Anthem performed by Dennis Wimer*, Executive Director, Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs

The Pledge of Allegiance led by Ryan Thompson*, Workforce Administrator, Ohio Department of Job & Family Services 

Remarks by Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States

Welcome to the District of Columbia by Elliot Tommingo*, Director, DC Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs

Remarks by Sam Shellenberger*, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor, USDOL VET


(*) Denotes the individual is currently serving or is a Veteran of the United States military. If they are wearing a Veteran ribbon on their name badge, please thank them for their service.