The value of military veterans as employees will be the theme of an address by a former Army helicopter pilot during Memorial Day ceremonies in Westerville Monday, May 27. It will follow Westerville's annual parade down State Street from the Municipal Building to Otterbein Cemetery.
Mike Chase, president and CEO of CoreLogis, a locally based logistics management company, will explain how his military training helped him start his career following 12 years of service. CoreLogis employs several military veterans to help manage contracts with the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps.
Chase's speech will be among the ceremonies honoring war dead and military veterans at Otterbein Cemetery after the parade on the morning of Monday, May 27.
Westerville American American Legion Young-Budd Post 171 is organizing and sponsoring the parade and ceremonies.
Military veterans, including members of American Legion Post 171 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7883, will march in the parade, which steps off at 9:45 a.m. Monday from the corner of State Street and College Avenue, according to Steve Romeo, Post 171's commander.
Westerville North High School's marching band, directed by Jordi Vilanova, will play patriotic tunes as it accompanies the parade. Color guards from the Westerville Division of Police and Division of Fire also will march, as will members of Post 171's Ladies Auxiliary. Squad cars will pace the procession.
The parade will proceed south on State to Bishop Drive, then west to Knox Street, then north to Otterbein Cemetery, which it will reach at about 10:15 a.m. The parade will pause at the old National Guard Armory on State, where Legion officers will place a wreath at the Westerville Veterans Memorial statue.
At Otterbein, Post 171's rifle squad will fire three volleys and Taps will be played by buglers from the high school band to honor war dead. Romeo will read the names of Legion members who have passed away in the past year, and Chase will then give his address.
All men and women who have served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces are welcome to march with members of the Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Romeo said. They may wear their military uniforms or other appropriate attire.
Chase was born and raised in southern California and attended the Army's warrant officer flight program at Fort Rucker, Ala., graduating from there in 1978. He flew transport and scout helicopters and served in supervisory positions at Fort Campbell, Ky., and in Germany and Hawaii. He left after 12 years to start a business career.
Chase went to work for Airborne Express, which posted him in Miami, Fla., Los Angeles and Seattle.
After moving to the Westerville area, he worked at Sarcom Inc., and then did logistics consulting before starting CoreLogis. His wife, Lisa Lawless Chase, is active in their company. They have three children and live in Genoa Township.