The USPTO Military Association (UMA) invites all of USPTO’s employees, friends and family to celebrate Veterans Day.
This year’s ceremony is set for employees to view either in person or online – the first Thursday of the month.
Membership is open to all agency employees. Read the latest issue of the UMA Newsletter by clicking the link for Newsletter across the top for other details.
For more information about our events or the UMA, please contact UMA@uspto.gov.
The event included music, photos, and video of USPTO military veterans in uniform, remarks by USPTO leadership, and a very special guest, Buzz Aldrin.
See our 2014 Veteran’s Day Ceremony with Buzz Aldrin page for information on this year’s guest and keynote address.
Last year’s guest speaker: Vice Admiral William Hilarides, who became the 43rd Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), on June 7, 2013. As NAVSEA commander, he oversees a global workforce of more than 56,000 military and civilian personnel responsible for the development, delivery, and maintenance of the Navy’s ships, submarines, and systems.
Prior to command, he served at sea aboard USS Pargo (SSN 650), USS Gurnard (SSN 662) and USS Maryland (SSBN 738), deploying to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic, and Western Pacific, as well as conducting several strategic deterrent patrols. Ashore, he served on the staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Bureau of Naval Personnel; Joint Staff; and the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Hilarides has received various personal and campaign awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
The UMA is an affinity group dedicated to providing fellowship, mentorship, and advocacy for military veterans working at the USPTO.