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McCrory’s First Event as Governor to Raise Funds for Homeless Vets

Support Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina

Support Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina

Saturday evening, in his first official event as Governor, Pat McCrory will host a  Salute to North Carolina Veterans. A few tickets remain to the event, at the North Raleigh Hilton/Midtown.  KCC will be there, covering the event.

The Veteran’s Leadership Council of North Carolina-Cares (VLC) is pleased to announce that on Saturday January 5th, Governor Pat McCrory will be a special guest and address “A Salute to North Carolina Veterans“. The fundraising dinner benefiting North Carolina’s homeless veterans will be Governor McCrory’s first public event as governor following his official swearing-in earlier that day.

Click here for event specifics and for the official flyer.  The flyer explains how to get your tickets and the location of the hotel.  If you are in Raleigh for the Swearing-in and parade, stay for the evening and honor our Vets.

Editor’s Notes: The VLC is a veteran operated 501(c)3 non-profit corporation established to provide assistance, including temporary housing, for hundreds of North Carolina’s homeless veterans. Funds raised at the event will go toward the refurbishment of the Veterans Life Center in Butner, NC, where homeless Veteran servicemen and women will receive therapeutic care to become self-reliant, productive and contributing members of society.

McCrory Names Gen. Tata NCDOT Secretary, Fills Out Other Appointments

Gov. Pat McCrory

Gov. Pat McCrory

Thursday,  North Carolina Governor-Elect Pat McCrory appointed Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata (U.S. Army, Retired) as Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Sharon Decker as Secretary of the Department of Commerce and Bill Daughtridge as Secretary of the Department of Administration. Additionally, the Governor-Elect announced Neal Alexander will serve as Director of the State Office of Personnel.

With these appointments, Governor-Elect McCrory has filled all eight of his cabinet secretary positions with a diverse, bi-partisan group of people representing all portions of the state. Half of Governor-Elect McCrory’s cabinet secretaries are Republican and half are either Democrat or Independent.

“I am incredibly proud of the strong team we’ve assembled,” said Governor-Elect McCrory. “These individuals are pragmatic problem solvers and leaders that will help me run the government in the most effective way possible while seeking long-term solutions for our state.”

DOT Secretary Tony Tata

DOT Secretary Tony Tata

Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata (U.S. Army, Retired) joins Governor-Elect McCrory’s cabinet after most recently serving as Superintendent of the Wake County Public School System, leading the state’s largest school district of 18,000 employees, 150,000 students and a $1.25 billion budget.

Prior to serving as Superintendent, General Tata was in Afghanistan where he served as the Deputy Commanding General of U.S. forces from 2006-2007. Throughout his career, General Tata has planned and implemented multiple operations involving complex transportation and infrastructure challenges ranging from multi-mode operations involving ports, airfields, rail, and highways to designing and implementing extensive infrastructure plans in developing countries. Among his many military assignments, General Tata served two tours of duty in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.
He also served as a brigade commander in the 101st Airborne Division and as the Deputy Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division. General Tata graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1981.

Sharon Decker enters the McCrory Administration with extensive private sector experience. She was the CEO of the Tanner Company, a large textile company based in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. In 2004, Decker created the Tapestry Group, a non-profit that helps individuals lead healthy lives in body, mind and spirit. Decker has served on the boards of three Fortune 500 companies. She also has more than 17 years of experience with Duke Power Company, now Duke Energy. She began working with the company in consumer services and moved rapidly through the ranks to become the youngest and first female vice president in Duke Power’s history. Her work at Duke Power led to the creation of its 24-hour customer service center, an organization that still serves as a model for the industry.

Tata, McCrory, and Bill Daughtridge at Thursday's announcement

Tata, McCrory, and Bill Daughtridge at Thursday’s announcement

Bill Daughtridge is the President of Daughtridge Gas & Oil Company based in Rocky Mount and currently is on the UNC Board of Governors, where he serves on the Budget Committee. From 2002-2008, Daughtridge served in the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he chaired the Commerce Committee and focused his efforts on promoting economic growth and development in North Carolina.

Daughtridge is also a former President Area Seven (VA and NC) on the Southern Region Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America and is a former member of the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Board, the Nash County Board of Travel & Tourism, Carolinas Gateway Partnership and the Rocky Mount Community Foundation. Daughtridge also held other statewide and local leadership positions including President of the North Carolina Petroleum Marketers Association, Rocky Mount Area United Way and Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to three Cabinet appointments, McCrory also announced that Neal Alexander will serve as the Director of the State Office of Personnel.

Alexander joins Governor-Elect McCrory’s leadership team with 40 years of experience in various Human Resources roles at Duke Energy. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Human Resources for Duke Energy’s US Franchised Electric and Gas Service, and has won awards for excellence in Human Resources such as the Duke Power William S. Lee Leadership Award and The Employers Association Babcock Award. He also currently serves as chair of the Gardner-Webb University Board of Trustees and The Employers Association, which provides human resources and training services to organizations.

Honoring America’s Veterans and Their Families by Congressman John Kline

-Submitted by Congressman John Kline (R-Minn)

image: Honoring those who served (American flag) Happy Veterans Day

Honoring those who served - Happy Veterans Day

As we prepare to honor our veterans today, we remember the sacrifice of those true American heroes who have died and honor those who are still with us.

The tireless efforts of our nation’s servicemen and women and those who served before them have guaranteed generations of Americans the freedom and security we enjoy. While they deserve our gratitude every day, today’s holiday provides our nation an opportunity to come together to honor all veterans, those currently serving, and their families in our thoughts and prayers.

As a nation, we owe more than our gratitude to those brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect the freedom and liberty that we all cherish.

May God bless our veterans and their families today and every day, and may God continue to bless America.

Best wishes,

John Kline signature

Editor’s Notes:  Congressman Kline is a retired Colonel  in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and was once stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC  He closely worked with President Ronald Reagan. His son has followed him into the Marine Corps.

He is also the father of your blogger’s college suite mate,   Kathy Kline Danner,while both were students at Meredith College (in Raleigh), during the mid-to-late 1980s.    Danner, is now a Williamson County Commissioner and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kathy Kline Danner, left, celebrates with her father, Rep. John Kline, center.