FAIRFIELD — Col. Corey Martin, commander of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, will be the grand marshal of this year’s Veterans Day parade in downtown Fairfield, the Fairfield Main Street Association announced Wednesday.
“He has an amazing background and we want to welcome him to the community,” said association director Margaret Manzo.
Martin, who assumed command of Travis Air Force Base last summer, will also be giving the opening remarks at the Veterans Day ceremony at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St.
He oversees the work of nearly 26,100 active duty, Reserve and civilian personnel who support the base’s worldwide air mobility mission.
Commissioned in the Air Force in 1991 after graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Martin served as a C-141 and C-17 examiner airdrop commander, chief of wing safety, squadron commander and in various staff assignments at the major command and combatant command level.
He has had operational flying experience during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and was deployed as a squadron commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to taking commander at Travis, he was commander of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing at Manas in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Fairfield’s Veterans Day observance will start at 10 a.m. with a performance of patriotic music by the Alive Music Orchestra at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts. This year’s guest speaker will be retired U.S. Air Force Col. (Dr.) Brian Hayes, associate chief of staff, Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System.
The parade will start at 12:30 p.m. and make its way through downtown Fairfield from Taylor Street to Jefferson Street, with representatives of local veterans groups, the military services, floats, marching bands, car clubs and service organizations.
After the parade, a Nor-Cal COPS fundraiser, hosted by the Solano Business Group, will take place on the grassy area at Jefferson and Main streets in memory of Richmond Police Officer Bradley Moody and Vallejo Police Officer James Capoot. The fundraiser will be catered by Texas Roadhouse. For more information about the fundraiser, call Scott Tonnesen at 246-5670 or Joey Lafon at 718-2022.
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