Force Behind the Forces Power Lunch to engage business leaders in strengthening America’s service members and military families

Charlotte, N.C.– Thursday, November 8, 2018 the USO of North Carolina is hosting its second annual Force Behind the Forces Power Lunch. The event is an opportunity for Charlotte business and community leaders to come together in support of those who serve our nation.

The event, emceed by former television personality and former congressional candidate, Beth Troutman, features keynote speaker, Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, President & CEO of the National Veterans War Memorial, former U.S. Army Infantry Commanding General and Deputy Commanding General U.S. Forces Iraq.

Following keynote remarks, Ferriter will be joined by Dr. Kimberly Vaughn, Gold Star Wife of SEAL Team Six member Aaron Vaughn, and Ray Whitaker, Army special operations veteran for a panel discussion on the challenges facing today’s military and how business can make a positive impact. Questions from the audience will be accepted.

“The Force Behind the Forces Power Lunch is an opportunity for some of Charlottes most influential individuals to come together in support of those who protect our freedoms,” said John Falkenbury, president of the USO of North Carolina. “Our panelists have unique perspectives on every aspect of service, from combat to leadership and the stresses imposed on military families. Every attendee will gain a new appreciation for those who serve and a better understanding of how they can join the USO of North Carolina as a Force Behind the Forces.”

Power Lunch attendees will enjoy a performance by the USO Show Troupe, and have the opportunity to participate in a military-themed silent auction.

For more information on the Power Lunch or to participate in the silent auction, visit

ABOUT THE USO OF NORTH CAROLINA: The USO of North Carolina strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. Founded in 1941, the USO of NC is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. The USO of NC serves the fourth largest military population in the U.S. through critical education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency programs across the state, resulting in nearly 600,000 service connections each year. For more information, visit

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