On April 14, the 9th Annual Walk to Remember will take place at Elk Grove Park. The Walk to Remember was started in honor of Elk Grove resident SFC Bryan Hall, who was killed in action on April 10, 2009 in Mosul, Iraq. The “Walk” has now grown to honor all veterans, past and present for their sacrifice in defending our country.“While we honor Bryan and the four men who died that day, it is our focus to honor all veterans and those who are currently serving. It is important, especially for young people, to understand that freedom isn’t really free; there is a price that has to be paid by both the soldiers and the families they leave behind,” states Betty Hall, mother of SFC Hall.
This year’s walk will have a special guest of honor, Major General Mary J. Kight, Retired. Kight was commissioned into the United States Air Force in February, 1974. She began her career when only a small percentage of Air Force Officers were female and an even smaller percentage of military officers were African American. She had a successful career as a Personnel Officer at Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, Washington followed by an assignment with the Department of the Army.
From that early start as a personnel officer, her career included several firsts which led her to many interesting and challenging assignments, culminating in her return to her home State. In November 2004, she accepted the position as the Assistant Adjutant General, Air Division, California Air National Guard, and in 2006 was assigned as the Assistant Adjutant General for the California Army and Air National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Sacramento. In February 2010, General Kight was appointed to command the California National Guard as the 45th Adjutant General. She became the first female Adjutant General of California’s National Guard and the first African-American woman to hold such a post across the nation. General Kight received several major awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit. She retired in the fall of 2011 after giving her country thirty-seven years of military service.
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