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Gulport Chamber of Commerce hosts military at third quarter breakfast

Friday's event not only helped display the mission of the chamber, but also, thanked the military for their service. (Photo source: WLOX News) Friday's event not only helped display the mission of the chamber, but also, thanked the military for their service. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Making connections and supporting the military was the message at the breakfast. (Photo source: WLOX News) Making connections and supporting the military was the message at the breakfast. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Making connections and supporting the military was the message at Gulfport Chamber of Commerce's Quarterly breakfast on Friday. 

The chamber invited military representatives to the business community to get an update about what's happening on their bases, and also find more ways to support them. With two military installations in Gulfport, community members are always wanting to stay connected.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber CEO Kimberly Nastasi says because the United States military is intertwined with everything on the Gulf Coast, she found it important to invite military leaders into the business community. She says communication and shared information is vital.

"It's very important that we understand what each is doing and really capitalize on the relationship because it just strengthens each other's mission," Nastasi said.

Commander of the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Drake says the support from the community is crucial and keeps the bond strong between organizations. He also says its what keeps his troops in South Mississippi.

"There are communities that support the military in different levels. This community supports tremendously and so people want to come back here, because they not only know they're welcome but they're appreciated," Lt. Col Drake said.

Installation Commanding Officer of Gulfport's Naval Construction Battalion Center Capt. Cheryl Hansen agrees.

"Across the board this community accepts us, values us, and works hard to let us know that," Capt. Hansen said. "I think it's two fold — one in that we feel the support from the community for our service, but as one of the largest employers in the city of Gulfport. I think it's also important that we have a vested interest in what happens here on the Gulf Coast."

The chamber's mission is to connect, inform, advocate and develop. Nastasi believes Friday's program helps display that mission and at the same time, thank our military for what they continue to do for Gulf Coast communities.

Also at the chamber's breakfast, three of first responders were honored and awarded for Gulfport's third quarter award ceremony.

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