Chief Master Sergeant Wade L. Gaston, a 24-year military veteran of the United States Air Force and Air National Guard, will be the keynote speaker at the East Toledo Club’s 77th annual Memorial Day service Monday morning at Pearson Park.
The public is invited to the event, which will start with a 7:30 a.m. flag raising and playing of Taps in front of the Packer Hammersmith Center. The Color Guard and Rifle Squad consisting of members from local VFW and American Legion Posts will raise the flag.
A breakfast will follow at Macomber lodge, followed by CMSgt. Gaston’s speech.
CMSgt. Gaston currently holds the position of State Human Resource Advisor for the State of Ohio assigned to Beightler Armory at State Headquarters in Columbus.
CMSgt. Gaston has been deployed to assignments in Germany, England and Turkey. He was assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, based in Swanton.
CMSgt. Gaston was selected as the 180th Fighter Wing and State of Ohio Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Region IV Rookie Recruiter of the Year, the 180th Fighter Wing First Sergeant of the Year, and the State of Ohio Human Resource Advisor of the Year.
CMSgt. Gaston is employed full-time as a human resources-recruiter at Charter One Bank with responsibilities in Toledo and Michigan. He is a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars, Post 1138 in Monroe, Michigan holding the title of Service Officer. CMSgt. Gaston is married and has five children. His youngest daughter is a member of the 180th Fighter Wing as an Aircraft Armament System Specialist.