2017 PCC Veterans Salute
Pitt Community College honored the nation’s military veterans Nov. 10 with the annual “PCC Veterans Salute,” featuring remarks from retired Marine Maggie Weder.

The program—PCC’s 20th to pay tribute to the country’s military personnel in conjunction with Veterans Day—took place this morning in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s Davenport Multipurpose Room.

Weder, who enlisted in 1975, spent 22 years in the Marine Corps. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1992, she was transferred to the temporary disabled list before the disease ultimately led to her retirement in 1997.

A Michigan native, Weder served at Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego as a casualty assistance specialist after completing recruit training and a legal services specialist course. She was selected to attend Drill Instructor School after a meritorious promotion to sergeant and was assigned to Parris Island, where she led combat transition for women as a senior drill instructor.

As part of her duties at Parris Island, Weder was responsible for the development and implementation of the Physical Conditioning Platoon, a tool used to help Marines become more physically fit. As a result of her outstanding performance as a drill instructor, she was meritoriously promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.

In 1984, Weder was assigned to the prestigious Marine Barracks at Eighth & I in Washington, D.C. There, she was selected for promotion to chief warrant officer by future Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Peter Pace out of a pool of more than 1,200 applicants.

Sponsored by the PCC Student Veterans Association, this year’s Veterans Salute featured a pair of performances by the PCC Chorale and a JROTC Color Guard from D.H. Conley High School posting and retiring the colors.

Prior to the ceremony, all faculty and staff who are veterans were served breakfast in the Walter and Marie Williams Dining Room. Student veterans in good standing at the college were also invited.
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