Fredericksburg, TX (PRWEB) May 06, 2013
On Monday May 27 at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Courtyard, the National Museum of the Pacific War will hold its annual Memorial Day observance to honor all of those who have lost their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces. This observance is free and open to the public.
Captain Rex L. Curtin USN, Commodore of Training Air Wing Four Chief of Naval Air Training in Corpus Christi, Texas will be the keynote speaker.
Captain Curtin graduated from the University of Utah in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was commissioned through NROTC and recognized as the Distinguished Naval Graduate by the Navy Captain’s League. Following flight training, he was designated a Naval Aviator in 1991. Curtin reported to Patrol Squadron (VP) 31 at NAS Moffett Field, Calif. for initial training in the P-3C Orion.
In March of 1997, Curtin reported aboard the USS Nimitz as Assistant Navigator where he completed an around-the-world deployment and earned qualifications as Surface Warfare Officer, Officer of the Deck Underway and Command Duty Officer Underway. He was also recognized as Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet Ship Handler of the Year for 1998. As acting Navigator, he delivered USS Nimitz to the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in March of 1999 for the first complete nuclear overhaul of a Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier.
In 2008 Curtin served as the Head of Aviation Warfare Programming in the “Bullpen”, OPNAV Staff, N801K at the Pentagon, managing more than $128 Billion in DoN Aviation Programs.
The colors will be posted by the color guard from National Security Agency, Central Service Section based at Lackland AFB. The Nimitz Living History Detachment will execute the three gun volley, followed by taps performed by Bill Smallwood. The Fredericksburg Community Band will provide music for the observance.
The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property supported, operated, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.