As a result, we decided that acknowledging the contributions of this group would be a multi-year process. Working with the Guard, we have developed a short list of 26 potential Guard honorees (either full induction or special recognition) and that list continues to grow as word of our plan circulates.
BG Christopher Callahan, RI Adjutant General, was Guest of Honor.
Our Guest of Honor this year was Arizona Congresswoman and retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally, a Warwick native and Bay View graduate.
Vice Admiral and career Naval Aviator Walter 'Ted' Carter of Pascoag, now Superintendent of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, was guest of honor at the ceremony.
The guest of honor was Newport-born Marine Corps Major William D. Chesarek, the first American to receive Great Britain’s Distinguished Flying Cross since World War II. His exploits involved the daring rescue of a wounded British soldier in Iraq. Queen Elizabeth II presented his award at Buckingham Palace.
At the event, Anders described his experiences and his famous photograph, ''Earthrise,'' which he took on Christmas Eve, 1968. Along with the first pictures taken of the earth from the moon, Anders is perhaps best remembered for his inspirational quote, ''We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.''