On a daily basis, the Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center strives to meet the needs of the community as the destination for lifelong health and wellness, fitness, recreation, and athletics. In celebration of the community and the facility’s members, the Freedom Center will host an annual celebration October 23-29, 2017.
This annual event in Manassas will feature daily membership specials, special group exercise classes, family events and more! Daily admission will be discounted to $5 a day with a special each day for free admission. Free admission will be granted with ID on Monday for Emergency Services Personnel, on Tuesday for anyone showing his/her team pride with a jersey,
Free admission will be granted with ID on Monday for Emergency Services Personnel, on Tuesday for anyone showing his/her team pride with a jersey, t-shirt etc, on Wednesday for any employees of a School System, Thursday the Freedom Center invites current members to Bring a Friend for Free, wrapping up the week for free admission on Friday for Veterans and Active Military.
In addition to the daily specials, there will be raffles and giveaways, complimentary snacks available, Zumba Party, Hip Hop Dance party, Novant DEXA screenings, a seminar from A Balanced Life, “Dining Out Made Easy: Tips to Making Healthy Choices” and more throughout the week.
Friday evening the Freedom Center will celebrate the families of the facility and the community by facilitating Family Fun Night. The evening will celebrate the fall season with a pumpkin patch in the pool! For only $3 (pre-registered) participants can enjoy finding their perfect pumpkin in the pool, followed by Spooky Family Aqua Zumba and pool family fun.
Community Appreciation Week is enjoyed by members of the facility and community, as well as the staff of the Freedom Center. The Freedom Center invites all to enjoy one more aspect of the upcoming event.
For more information, visit freedom-center.com/about/community-appreciation-week.
Shining Sol Candle Company is celebrating their 1 year retail store anniversary, Friday, Sept. 29 – Sunday, Oct.1
Pete:“I don’t have the words to explain how thankful I am for the friends we’ve made and customers we have gained in our first year of business in Historic Downtown Manassas. To say all expectations were exceeded is an understatement. Thank you all for getting us to this milestone. I hope we continue to pique the interest of the Historic Downtown district and provide unique products that the community can be as proud of as we are.”Sara:“I can’t believe what we have been able to accomplish in this past year. We are so grateful for all of our customers and we will continue to make amazing products for all of you.”Deron:
“I can’t believe it’s been one year already! We’ve met so many awesome people, made lots of new friends, partnered with countless local businesses, and all in a cool little place called Manassas (where Pete and I were born and raised). Our whole crew (Pete, Sara, myself, Elizabeth, Kara, Jen, Tina, Brittany) can’t thank everyone enough for showing us support and shopping with us this past year. We’re going to continue to make great products, support our local community and have a whole lot of fun while doing it all. Small business can be a tough road a lot of times, but you’ve all made it a lot easier with your support and encouragement. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center announces its newest addition to help you get back in the game!
Today, Monday, September 18th, the hospital launched the Sentara Back and Neck Center during a ribbon cutting attended by doctors, nurses, volunteers and members of the team.
The Sentara Back and Neck Center offers patients a ‘one-stop shop’ for complete, compassionate care from our board-certified, fellowship trained spine surgeons offering advanced surgical procedures and treatments such as minimally invasive surgeries and artificial disk replacement.
“It’s a more comprehensive approach to treating spinal issues. It’s a team approach, “explains Dr. Paymaun Lotfi, an Orthopedic Spine Specialist and Surgeon at Sentara.
This comprehensive, team approach to treating back pain and spinal issues allows patients to return to their lives with less pain and more hope. Whether that treatment means minimally invasive surgeries or a non-surgical alternative, like working with a pain management specialist or trained physical therapist to create a rehabilitation plan – the new Sentara Back and Neck Center is a specialized program that has something to get everyone back in the game.
“Most people realize they’re going to have some aches and pains, or stiffness, with normal aging. That’s very common. The majority of the issues we see are among those lines, but when you have radiating pain into the extremities- into your arm, into your leg, numbness, weakness, tingling… that’s really not common with normal aging,” explains Dr. Lotfi.
Our expanded orthopedic specialty services are a reflection of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s commitment to offer state-of-the-art services right here in our community.
“We’re there for you and your family every step of the way,” says Dr. Lotfi.
Event to connect employers with employees
WOODBRIDGE — If you are seeking a new job or even a career change, you should look no further and attend The Greater Woodbridge Community Job Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, August 29 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church Gym, 13020 Telegraph Rd., Woodbridge, Va. 22192.
This event will provide you with access to employers seeking talented candidates in varying disciplines and admission is free.
More than 25 local businesses and resource organizations have planned to participate.
“Top employers from throughout the area will be participating and are looking to hire qualified candidates,” said Ian Lovejoy, owner of Reliant Hiring Solutions, the event’s organizer.
A full list of participating businesses is available at the event’s website WoodbridgeJobFair.com.
While walk-ins are welcome, job seekers are encouraged to pre-register so their information can be shared with employers before the event. Pre-registration can also be found at WoodbridgeJobFair.com.
Employers interested in more information should call 1-800-572-9041 or email the job fair coordinator at
Entrepreneurs devoted to helping start-ups and small business owners find a like-minded atmosphere, and centric location to engage
CENTERFUSE, a Coworking Space fills the gap for businesses to operate economically and efficiently and brings opportunity for the many entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and emerging ventures that need a fully equipped space to do business, network and grow.
The move to CENTERFUSE from the Hylton Performing Arts Center, where it has met for the past four years, will serve to support entrepreneur engagement, collaboration, and discussions around a variety of business topics and every-day challenges. The relocation shows a commitment to serve and support founders of start-up businesses and to engage them where they work.
“Small business owners are tackling new challenges every day, and finding new solutions to problems in our everyday lives,” said 1 Million Cups Prince William Volunteer Organizer Nickey Monroe.
1 Million Cups Prince William invites a speaker who has a majority equity stake in a company to talk about their firm. In the process, the group of 25 to 30 attendees provides feedback for the business owner. There is no cost to the presenter. Free coffee is also provided each week by a local business. (more…)
Reliable and faster travel choices coming on I-395 Corridor
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today joined the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and its private partner and operator of the I-95 Express Lanes, Transurban, to break ground on the start of construction of an eight-mile extension of the I-395 Express Lanes from Turkeycock Run near Edsall Road in Alexandria to the Washington, D.C. border. The project provides more options for faster and more reliable travel in one of the most heavily traveled corridors in the country and expands the region’s network of express lanes. The project includes a long-term investment in transit for the corridor, through a yearly payment of $15 million (to be escalated annually) that will be paid by Transurban to the Commonwealth. This annual transit payment will support transit and multimodal initiatives benefitting the corridor.
“Anyone who travels on I-395 and I-95 today can attest that this is one of the most congested corridors in the country,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Today’s groundbreaking is the first project of the Commonwealth’s larger Atlantic Gateway Initiative which aims to unlock the I-95 Corridor. The Atlantic Gateway Initiative and the I-395 project demonstrate how we can work with our public and private partners to improve the quality of life for Virginians and our visitors – and keep our new Virginia economy growing.”
Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne added, “Under Governor McAuliffe’s leadership, today’s milestone is one more step toward expanding the express lanes network in Northern Virginia, and providing travelers with much-needed travel choices to reach their destinations faster. The key benefit continues to be options, and we are ready to focus on delivering this new choice on 395.”
The I-395 Express Lanes project provides specific benefits for the thousands of commuters who work at or near the Pentagon, as well as the many carpoolers or commuter bus users transferring at the Pentagon to continue to their destination. By reconstructing the Pentagon’s South Parking area and adding new bus lanes and HOV commuter and “slug” lanes to improve traffic flow and safety for buses and carpools, the project’s benefits extend well beyond the express lanes.
Other key project features include adding a fourth regular lane on I-395 South between the Duke Street and Edsall Road Interchanges, to help relieve the congestion which occurs when I-395 shrinks from four to three lanes in this area. Additionally, the project includes rehabilitating several I-395 bridges, and building new sound walls to protect neighboring communities.
The project is anticipated to cost approximately $500 million, with a combination of private and public funds. The project is one element of the Commonwealth’s Atlantic Gateway Program, a series of major improvements to the I-95/I-395 corridor.
“We are pleased to partner with Virginia to deliver a critical missing link that will connect Express Lanes customers to new destinations along I-395 and Washington D.C.,” said Jennifer Aument, Group General Manager, North America, Transurban. “Crews will begin work right away on improvements that are going to help drivers on I-395 get home faster, while also generating funds to support new transit options. As construction begins, we encourage all travelers to stay alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and keep an eye out for workers on the road.”
Plans to extend the Express Lanes began in November 2015 with a Framework Agreement under the 95 Express Lanes Comprehensive Agreement between VDOT and Transurban. In February 2017, after meeting specific project-delivery and financial criteria, the Commonwealth approved Transurban’s proposal to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the 395 Express Lanes extension.
AECOM Engineering Company and Lane Construction are under contract to Transurban to design and build the extended 395 Express Lanes. The express lanes are scheduled to open in fall 2019 and the other elements of the project are expected to be completed by summer 2020.
Construction of the expanded express lanes will occur largely within VDOT’s right-of-way; however, some work such as sound wall construction may require crews to access right-of-way and areas adjacent to the project corridor. Preliminary work such as geotechnical investigations and surveying began last March.
More information about the project is available at: 395expresslanes.com and virginiadot.org/395express
Joshua Cole makes history as the official Democratic Nominee for Virginia House of Delegates 28th District
Election history was made early this week in Stafford and Fredericksburg. Joshua Cole, a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates 28th District, is now the official Democratic nominee for that elected position. He is the first African-American and the youngest candidate to ever win the Democratic nomination for House District 28.
On May 15, the 28th House of Delegates District Democratic Nominating Committee cancelled the Unassembled Caucus scheduled for May 21 at the Berea Firehouse. Cole was one of two Democratic candidates to file, but the other candidate dropped out in early April. Cole is now the official Democratic candidate and nominee for the 28th House of Delegates District, which covers much of western Stafford County and Fredericksburg. As such, his name will not be on the June 13 Primary ballot, but it will be on the General Election ballot in November.
“I am so honored to be the first African-American and the youngest nominated for this enormous and very important task,” Cole said. “Those pioneers before me, such as Dr. William Ferguson Reid and Rev. Lawrence Davies, paved my way. I am indebted to them.”
In 1968, Reid became the first African-American elected to the Virginia General Assembly since Reconstruction, and in 1976, Fredericksburg citizens elected Davies as their first African-American mayor, a post he held for 20 years.
“It’s nice to make history,” Cole added, “but this is not the history we want and need to make. Our goal is much higher and our aim is for Richmond.”
A bright new voice in the Commonwealth’s Democratic process, Cole is an Associate Pastor at Union Bell Baptist Church in Southern Stafford, and he serves as a behavioral aid for students in the Richmond Public Schools. He also spends time volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of the Rappahannock Region.
“I want to make a difference,” Cole said. “With the new leadership in the White House, I see that our country is heading backwards. Now is the time to step up and take action, to participate in the democratic process. We can’t afford not to.”
For more information, contact Team #Jcole4VA at (540) 642-0165 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow Joshua on all social media outlets @jcole4VA or visit www.jgcole.org.
On Jan. 12, Joshua Cole challenged Speaker Bill Howell for his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Howell has since announced his retirement and will not be running for re-election. Appointed by Howell, Cole has served as the personal Page for (then) Governor Mark Warner and went on to serve as the Virginia Senate Chamber staff assistant during the 2016 General Assembly. Cole has seen the secret voice voting in committee and the battle of party politics. He promises to work for an open, transparent and accessible democracy. He assures the residents of Stafford and Fredericksburg will get their say in Richmond. Cole, an Associate Pastor at the Union Bell Baptist Church in Southern Stafford, serves as a behavioral aid for students in Richmond Public Schools and spends time volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in the local area. Children and education are high priorities, but so are transportation, health care and the state justice system. Cole is a fresh new voice for Stafford and Fredericksburg.
Cydny A. Neville was honored with the Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2017 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards program, recently held at the Executive Mansion.
A full-time teacher, Cydny has made birthdays possible for homeless youth across the Commonwealth over the past 17 years, with her Annual Birthday Bag Drive! She has also: worked with minority business owners in Prince William County, provided countless community programs to uplift, inspire, educate and empower the homeless, women and youth in her community and surrounding areas. (more…)
Give mom a gift of time to read, listen to music, or catch a few minutes of sleep, so she’ll arrive at work refreshed
Doing something special for your Mom on Mother’s Day is thoughtful, but what if you could make the gift last all year? You can give her something that helps make every day better – some free time and a stress-free commute!
When Mom commutes with OmniRide, she can use her travel time to listen to music, read, or catch a few minutes of sleep so she’ll arrive at work refreshed and ready to have a great day! And at just $6.50 per trip when paying with a SmarTrip card, the commute will save her some money too – all moms will like that!
OmniRide commuter bus routes start in Dale City, Gainesville, Lake Ridge, Manassas, the Route 1 corridor, and Woodbridge. Popular destinations include the Mark Center, Pentagon, Rosslyn/Ballston, Crystal City, Washington, D.C., Washington Navy Yard, and Tysons.
Or maybe Mom would rather take a Metro Direct bus for easy travel to a nearby Metrorail Station – and no parking fees! She can travel to the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station from eastern Prince William County, and to the Tysons Corner Metro Station from Manassas and Gainesville. The fare is just $3.25 with a SmarTrip card.
If mom prefers to stay closer to home, the OmniLink local bus service is a great alternative with routes serving Dale City, Dumfries, Manassas, Manassas Park, Quantico, the Route 1 corridor, and Woodbridge/Lake Ridge. And don’t forget about the Cross County Connector, which operates between eastern Prince William and the Manassas area. Local fares are just $1.50 per trip, so Mom won’t be worried that you spent too much on her!
Yes, brunch and flowers are nice. But this year, give Mom the gift she’ll use year-round! See routes and timetables at PRTCtransit.org, or speak with a friendly PRTC Customer Service Agent at (703) 730-6664.
Mommy, Mummy, Mama, Amma, Aai, Mata, Madre, Eomeoni, Taayi or whatever name you call her with, Mother is the reason we are all here. Celebrate and cherish the lady who cares and loves us the most. It is rightly said, “God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers!”
You may buy her the perfume or the cardigan, but you got to feed the lady who fed you.
Rangoli’s Mother’s Day buffet has been a special tradition for over eleven years. The spread includes an array of salads, fresh cut fruits, and condiments with Assorted Kebabs, the quintessential Butter Chicken, tender Goat Masala, succulent Fish Curry, aromatic Biryani and pilafs, a smorgasbord of vegetable side dishes and fresh bread baked for each table.
The buffet also includes South Indian delicacies like Idly, Vada, Sambar and on-the-spot Dosas. The pick is the favorite Indian street-side-pass-time of eating Pani Puri a.k.a Gol Gappas. Have unlimited pucchkas to your heart’s content.
Sweet endings include all time favorite Gulab Jamun and Kulfi Ice-Cream.
And while you are gorging on the tasty food, treat the lady to a Mimosa or fresh Bloody Mary at only $4 a glass. What’s not to be happy about this?
So, call ‘Rangoli’ now and add your name to the on-call list. The meal is super popular and Rangoli does not treat the advance callers as ‘Reservations.’
Their name is added to the wait list and bumped up when you show up. Large groups are encouraged to call in advance to enable quick seating.
Doors open early Sunday, May 14 at 11:30 a.m. and the Brunch is served through 3 p.m.
Call 703-957-4900 or Email Us!
Rangoli Indian Restaurant
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Adults: $16.95 Kids: $8.95
10223 Nokesville Road
Manassas, VA 20110
WOODBRIDGE, Va. (April 19, 2017) – IKEA Woodbridge announces the posting for 70 seasonal/temporary positions for a 120 day assignment, with the possibility to be hired as a permanent co-worker after the 120 day period.
Applicants can apply online at https://seeacareerwithus.com/ and save the date for our Meet and Greet event May 9, 2017 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
ABOUT THE JOB An IKEA co-worker’s main task is to maximize sales and profitability in his/her area of responsibility using knowledge of the IKEA product range, local market conditions and the needs of customers. Together with thousands of colleagues around the world you will help to ensure the continued global success of the IKEA Concept – a concept that serves millions of satisfied customers each day.
YOUR ASSIGNMENT Your tasks will include:
IKEA has multiple positions available: Sales, IKEA Food, Logistics, Customer Relations. These Part Time positions range from 12 to 31 hours per week.
Candidates must be available to work on Saturdays, Sundays, and at least two nights a week.
YOUR PROFILE Your knowledge, skills and experience include:
You are confident about approaching and talking to people in a polite and friendly manner.
You are enthusiastic about working with others in a team.
You have a flexible approach to work and are open to change.
You have an interest in home furnishing and people’s everyday life at home.
You can prioritize and organize your own work to make efficient use of your time.
GROWING TOGETHER IKEA offers an exciting and empowering work environment in a global marketplace. And as the world’s leader at life at home, you have exceptional opportunities to grow and develop together with us.
*No. of Positions: 70
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 392 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest
Community members, Prince William County employees and county officials come together every spring to “plant” a pinwheel garden to remind people of the importance of the prevention of child abuse and neglect. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the blue pinwheel is used as a symbol to raise awareness about child abuse.
This year, about two dozen people gathered to place blue pinwheels in the ground in front of the McCoart Government Center to commemorate the month and bring attention to this important topic. (more…)
Area church, Iglesia VIDA, hosted a community event in Manassas on Saturday April 8th to provide services and information to the Hispanic community. The event, called “Spring of Joy” is an annual event hosted by the congregation. The purpose, according to its organizer Erika Hernandez, is “to attract the local community and create a fountain of information.” (more…)
Veterans of Foreign War Post 7916 hosted the Vietnam Veteran Recognition Ceremony that honored Veterans who fought in the Vietnam War from the Woodbridge & Occoquan Community.
The honorees are: Marvin Coon, U.S. Army; Major David G. Cotts, U.S. Army; Wayne Dearie, Master Chief Boiler Technician U.S. Navy, Colonel Eugene Detrick, USAF; Harold “Ralph” Holecek, Boiler Technician Second Class U.S. Navy; LTC Mark H. Magnussen, U.S. Army; PFC John C. Prosch, Jr., U.S. Army; Captain Walter Schatz, U.S. Army; Captain Howard J.T. Steers, U.S. Army; Kenneth J. Strafer, U.S. Army and their families for their Vietnam service and sacrifice. (more…)
Congregation Ner Shalom is a diverse congregation reaching out to all people and making a conscious effort to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome.
Rabbi Lizz Goldstein is a progressive and welcoming rabbi who relates to all age groups and all faiths. She has been the catalyst for interactive, interfaith and multi-cultural services that are a pure joy to attend. Have small children? Join the congregation for Tot Shabbat, an earlier Friday evening service for tots. (more…)
Please join us to welcome spring and view the spectacular display of Virginia Bluebells that carpet the floodplain along Cedar Run for nearly a mile. This is also a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area and meet local environmental organizations and people who are working to improve our community.
A series of naturalist-led tours will follow an easy one-mile walk through the floodplain. Each tour has a special focus, although leaders cover all interesting sights. Local organizations will share displays and activities for children of all ages. Check online at pwconserve.org for the tour schedule and list of participating organizations.
A bake sale and a hand-painted rain barrel raffle to benefit stewardship projects at Merrimac Farm round out the event. Concessions and food will be available for purchase. Bring binoculars, cameras, and the kids, and come out to join us for a day of fun!
Free of charge. Sponsored by VA Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries and Prince William Conservation Alliance with support from Marine Corps Base Quantico.
For more information, check online at pwconserve.org or contact Prince William Conservation Alliance at 703.499.4954, email@example.com, pwconserve.org
Prince William, Virginia – Keep Prince William Beautiful, Prince William County’s leading non-profit organization to inspire individual responsibility and collective action toward a clean, green and vibrant community, announced today the annual Great Prince William Clean Up of Route 1 from Occoquan to Quantico will take place from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017. On Sunday, April 23, 2017, Keep Prince William Beautiful will host the Ready. Set. Grow! 5k Run for the Earth in historic Occoquan.
Volunteers are needed to pick up litter along Route 1 from Occoquan to Quantico; volunteers will be provided refreshments, a celebratory picnic after the clean-up, and a commemorative t-shirt. The Great Prince William Clean Up is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for church groups, civic associations, businesses and neighborhood groups along the Route 1 corridor, as well as families and concerned citizens. To volunteer, e-mail Jen Medina at firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up on facebook.com/KeepPrinceWilliamBeautiful.
The Run for the Earth 5K on Sunday, April 23 kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at the Davis Park in Occoquan. Vendors, activities for children, and a food truck will be on hand. Runners receive a complimentary t-shirt and proceeds benefit Keep Prince William Beautiful’s educational outreach programs. Registration is $20, and runners can register at keepprincewilliambeautiful.eventbrite.com.
“We are delighted to lead hundreds of volunteers in cleaning up Route 1 for our annual clean up, and to celebrate with a 5k race in the beautiful and historic town of Occoquan,” said Jason Parsons, KPWB’s Executive Director, “These events will kick off Keep Prince William Beautiful Week, and our weeklong celebration running through Arbor Day.”
Keep Prince William Beautiful will soon announce additional community events running through Arbor Day, April 29, to celebrate Keep Prince William Beautiful Week, and all the beautiful things to do in a clean and green Prince William County.
From Manassas Park Economic Development Manager, Ryan Gandy:
EMSI Engineering Inc. has relocated their headquarters from the Chamber building in Manassas to the City of Manassas Park. EMSI is an architectural and engineering company established in Manassas, Virginia in 1987 and offers comprehensive consultation in testing and inspections, geotechnical and environmental engineering, surveying, civil engineering, architectural, project management, and interior design.
“We are thrilled EMSI decided to relocate their headquarters from Manassas to Manassas Park”, says Ryan Gandy, Economic Development Manager for the City of Manassas Park. “Their experience and contributions in the field of engineering services and their development presence in The Park make them a welcome addition to our diverse business community.” (more…)
From PTRC Transit:
The lot at the Gainesville United Methodist Church will be unavailable for parking by Gainesville OmniRide and Linton Hall Metro Direct passengers on Friday, March 10, 2017 due to a Boy Scouts mulch sale.
Alternate parking will be across the street at the rear of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. This alternate parking arrangement is for Friday, March 10 only.
Thank you for your cooperation.
From Virginia Railway Express:
Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is holding a series of public hearings throughout the next two weeks to solicit comments on a proposed increase to its fares. A three percent fare increase is being proposed in order to pay for increased operations costs and the Amtrak Step-up tickets would increase from $5 to $7.
Charles P. “Chuck” Wilson has been elected to the Board of Directors of The Cold War Museum. The Board of Directors provide the oversight and direction for The Cold War Museum. The Cold War Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to education, preservation, and research on the global, ideological, and political confrontations between East and West from the end of World War II to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. “We welcome Chuck to our board and look forward to using his diverse expertise in enhancing our museum endeavors,” said Ambassador Charlie Ray, Chairman of the Board.
Chuck Wilson posseses diverse experience in Politico Military Affairs, National Security Policy, Defense Acquisition and Business Development. Wilson is a retired Air Force Senior Officer who was a U-2 Pilot, and U-2 Instructor Pilot, and held operational Commands at multiple levels. He also served in key positions on the Joint Staff; in Office of the Secretary of Defense; and at the Department of State where he led US delegations to facilitate diplomatic arrangements for US Forces to deploy Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The assignment at State was a key position following the 9/11 attacks upon the US. Wilson retired from the Air Force to look after his parents and became a business executive with both Raytheon and L-3 Communications specializing in intelligence systems. Currently he a Consultant with the Goyak Group.
Wilson’s pro bono work includes the Veterans of Foreign Wars Vice Commander Virginia District 10, Commander Occoquan VFW Post 7916, and The Chairman Potomac Region Veterans Council.