Operation Free Veterans Honored as Champions of Change by the White House


The White House announced that seven veterans from the Operation Free community were selected as “Champions of Change” for their work advancing clean energy and climate security. A total of 12 veterans were chosen out of hundreds of applicants. The champions were  honored at a special ceremony at the White House on November 5th followed by an evening reception hosted by Operation Free. Special guests included Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, Sharon Burke.

The White House’s ongoing Champions of Change program highlights Americans making positive changes in their communities.  This round, sponsored by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), was created to acknowledge military veterans who have worked to promote the increased use of clean, renewable energy sources and raise awareness about the threat of climate change since returning home from their military service.

“We’re proud to see so many members of Operation Free chosen to be a part of this elite roster,” said Michael Breen, spokesman for the clean energy campaign Operation Free.  “All across the country, Operation Free veterans continue to serve their communities, applying their dedication, leadership, and innovation to secure America’s clean energy future.  These seven “Champions of Change” personify the values that inspired the Operation Free campaign, and are leading the way for all Americans on this important issue.”

The seven Operation Free members chosen as champions include advocates, innovators, and business owners from across the nation, united by service in the military and in their communities.

The Champions:

Robin Eckstein of Appleton, Wisconsin

Kevin Johnson of Chicago, Illinois,

Lt. Col. Joseph Knott of San Tan Valley, Arizona

Andrea Marr of Los Angeles, California

Elizabeth Perez of San Diego, California

Dave Belote of Virginia Beach, Virginia

Drew Sloan of Washington, D.C.

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