Blog | Event | February 13, 2019

USS Midway Event Commemorates 10th Anniversary of Mission: Readiness

Members, supporters and staff gathered aboard the USS Midway in San Diego recently to toast the 10th Anniversary of Mission: Readiness.

Since its inception in 2009, the 750 retired admirals, generals and top military leaders affiliated with Mission: Readiness have championed evidence-based, bipartisan state and federal public policy solutions proven to prepare youth to be citizen-ready and able to serve their nation in any way they choose.

California State Director Jake Ferreira with Mission: Readiness members Vice Admiral Jody Breckenridge, USCG, Ret., and Rear Admiral Ronne Froman, USN, Ret.

Mission: Readiness was initially founded to address Department of Defense concerns that 71 percent of young adults in the U.S. ages 17 to 24 today do not quality for military service because they are not academically prepared, are too overweight, or have a record of crime or drug abuse.

To help boost graduation rates, improve school readiness and promote a culture of health, California members have supported - and secured - strategic investments to expand access to early childhood education and promoted healthy school environments that provide quality nutrition and opportunities for physical activity each day. They have worked to bring clean drinking water into underserved communities and promoted safe walking and biking routes near schools.

“We would not be where we are today without our strong base of members. I know that I echo the sentiments of the entire Mission: Readiness team when I say that we are truly honored to work with you and your colleagues across our nation,” Barry Ford, CEO & President of Council for a Strong America, the parent organization of Mission: Readiness, commented at the event. “We know that the next 10 years will be even more successful thanks to your leadership, commitment, and support.”

California State Senate Resolution in honor of 10th Anniversary of Mission: Readiness.

As the organization was initially launched on November 5, 2009, Mission: Readiness will be commemorating this milestone anniversary throughout the year.


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