Maj. Gen. Berry to keynote Friends of Del. Veterans Dinner

DOVER – Maj. Gen. Michael Berry, Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Military Affairs, will keynote the sixth annual Friends of Delaware Veterans Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Rollins Center in the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

The annual black-tie optional fundraising dinner, hosted by the Friends of Delaware Veterans, is the primary event that benefits the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund. The affair will last from 6 until 9 p.m. and includes entertainment, a plated dinner and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for an 8-person sponsor table.

Under the auspices of the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Trust Fund assists veterans residing in Delaware with emergency financial aid. Its one-time hand up grants have prevented cutoff of utilities, repossessions, made emergency repairs to homes and sometimes put food on the table.

The Friends’ board is comprised of 11 military veterans who work pro bono in collaboration with the Commission.

“We are honored to have Delaware’s top military leader as our guest,” said Dave Skocik, Friends president. “General Berry’s more than three decades of military service includes Afghanistan, where he was attached to the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He understands the challenges faced by those in uniform.”

Gen. Berry assumed his duties as Delaware’s Adjutant General on March 1, 2019. He is responsible for the mission readiness of all Delaware National Guard units, including more than 1,500 soldiers and 1,100 airmen for both federal and state missions.

His military career began in September 1988 when he enlisted in the Delaware Army National Guard under the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Simultaneous Membership Program. He received his commission through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at the University of Delaware in May 1989.

Gen. Berry earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from University of Delaware in 1989 and is a 1990 Delaware State Police graduate obtaining his Law Enforcement Certification. He is also a 2008 graduate of the United State Army War College, receiving his Masters in Strategic Studies.

He has served in numerous command positions, including 262nd Heavy Equipment Maintenance Company, 160th Engineer Company, Delaware Army National Guard Officer Candidate School, 193rd Regiment Regional Training Institute, 72ndTroop Command, Land Component Commander, as well as Director of Joint Staff and Special Assistant to the Adjutant General, Joint Force Headquarters, Delaware.

Visit www.DelawareVeteransTrustFund.com or call 302-257-3117 or email sherri.taylor@delaware.gov for information and reservations for the dinner.

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