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Harrisburg to Host First Public Meeting of National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service

Posted: February 21, 2018


The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service is coming to Harrisburg on February 22-23 for its first public engagement, and kicking off a two-year effort to find ways to encourage and inspire more Americans—particularly young people—to serve their country and strengthen American democracy.


The Commission invites members of the public to share their ideas on how to increase participation in military, national, and public service at a public meeting taking place from 11:00am-1:00 pm on Friday, February 23 at the Midtown Trade and Technology Center of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. 


The bipartisan Commission was created by Congress to review the military selective service process and develop recommendations to foster a greater ethic of service among our nation’s citizens. The Commission hopes to ignite a national conversation about the importance of service as it develops recommendations for Congress, the President, and the American people by March 2020. The Commission brings together 11 national leaders from the military, nonprofit, public and private sectors. (List and bios can be found here.)


WHAT:      Public Meeting of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. Speakers include:

  • Dr. John J. “Ski” Sygielski, President, HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
  • W. Gerard “Jerry” Oleksiak, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • BG David E. Wood, Director of the Joint Staff, Headquarters for the Pennsylvania National Guard
  • Dr. Joseph Heck, Chairman, U.S. Army Brigadier General, former Member of Congress from Nevada
  • Central PA AmeriCorps and Senior Corps Members, HACC students, and area volunteers

WHEN:    Friday, February 23 from 11:00am – 1:00 pm

WHERE:   HACC’s Midtown Trade and Technology Center Midtown 2, Room 206, 1500 N. Third St., Harrisburg, PA 17102


RSVP:        Media are invited to attend; please RSVP to


During its two days in the Harrisburg area, the Commission will also visit the Army War College, HACC’s Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center, and meet with local government, nonprofit, civic leaders.

The Commission invites the public to share its views on service on its website,, on Facebook (, and on Twitter (@Inspire2ServeUS).