Our Mission

To recognize and honor high school enlistees and their commitment to military service and to provide parents/guardians of enlistees with community support as their son or daughter transition into military service.

About OCS

Our Community Salutes (OCS) is a national, non-profit organization helping communities recognize, honor and support high school seniors who plan to enlist in the U.S. Armed Services after graduation.

OCS was founded in 2009 by educator and former U.S. Army officer, Dr. Kenneth Hartman, to provide enlistees and their parents with guidance, information, resources and community support from like-minded enlistees and parents as their son or daughter transition into military service.

All local OCS recognition ceremonies are independently led, managed and financed by donations from supporting citizens and sponsorships by organizations within their respective community.

The organizing body of Our Community Salutes includes community leaders,
government officials, educators, businessmen, and veterans who feel strongly in the
importance of community support and recognition of the courageous and patriotic
young adults who will serve in the U.S. Armed Services after graduation and join the
1% of Americans who serve in uniform.

Since Our Community Salutes was founded in 2009 with our inaugural OCS South Jersey Community, OCS enlistee recognition ceremonies have been held by local communities in banquet halls, auditoriums and sports arenas from New York to California, with tens of thousands of people attending or speaking at OCS ceremonies, a testimony to the appreciation of the young men and women of OCS entering military service.

OCS is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Founder and President of Our Community Salutes, Dr. Ken Hartman, discusses the origins, purpose and the impact of OCS.

Special Recognition for OCS Community

Dr. Ken Hartman receives award from the U.S. Army Recruiting Command on behalf of OCS.

15 May 2015

“For your outstanding and unwavering support of our service members, their families, and recent enlistees from 2009 to present. Your successful collaboration of the”Our Community Salutes” program in partnership with our military liaisons, provided quality community support to the military’s newest enlistees. Your unmatched patriotism embodies the core values of a patriot in a true humanitarian, which reflects great credit upon yourself, the United States Army Recruiting Command, and the United States Army.”

Allen W. Batschelet
Major General, USA

Colin Powell Award

The Colin Powell Award, named after General Colin Powell, U.S. Army (Ret.), is a public service award that is presented to high school counselors in recognition of providing guidance, counseling and mentoring for students as they assess their accomplishments, talents, and interests as they move forward in their lives. The award is provided to one guidance counselor in each local organization, and represents all counselors within the school’s program whose service, compassion, and commitment serve as an example for all of us.
  • Senior Chief Dwight Becherer, William Floyd High School Naval Science Instructor, OCS of Brookhaven
  • Mr. Justin Null, St. Georges’ Technical High School, OCS of Delaware
  • Mr. Steve Kozak, South Tech Academy, OCS of Palm Beach
  • Mr. Chuck Green, Palm Beach Central High School, OCS of Palm Beach
  • Tammy Richardson, Madison High School, OCS of North Florida
  • Mr. Mark Carson, Royal Palm Beach Community High School, OCS of Palm Beach
  • Mr. Jose Negron, Forest Hill Community High School, OCS of Palm Beach
  • Ms. Marie-Amalie-Farris-Wellington Community High School, OCS of Palm Beach
  • Ms. Wendy Forrey, James Ford Rhodes HS, OCS of Northeast Ohio
  • Ms. Donna Stevens, John F. Kennedy HS, OCS of Northeast Ohio
  • Ms. Tamara Potter, Lakeside HS, OCS of Northeast Ohio
  • Mr. Joseph Pukansky, Manchester HS, OCS of Northeast Ohio
  • Ms. Kriste Smith, North Royalton HS, OCS of Northeast Ohio
  • Ms. Sarah Conway, College and Career Specialist at Warren High School, San Antonio, TX, OCS of San Antonio
  • Ms. Janice L. Dreshman, Hopewell High School, OCS of Pittsburgh
  • Ms. Michelle Radford, Ravenna HS, OCS of Northeast Ohio
  • Mr. Virgildee Daniel, Padua Franciscan HS, OCS of Northeast Ohio
  • Ms. Catrina Cannon, Lifeskills of Elyria, OCS of Northeast Ohio
  • Ms. Carol Conway, Brunswick HS, OCS of Northeast Ohio
  • Mr. Walt Drane, OCS of Mississippi
  • Ms. Tracey Colecchi, Norton High School, OCS of Northeast Ohio
  • Dr. Mel Termini, PhD, Independence High School, OCS of Northeast Ohio
  • Mr. Randy Kline, Theodore Roosevelt HS, OCS of Northeast Ohio
  • Mr. Mark Render, Bethel Park High School, OCS of Pittsburgh


Dr. Ken Hartman
Founder and President of Our Community Salutes

Dr. Ken Hartman is an e-learning authority, former university professor, administrator, consultant at several leading universities, and the founder of Our Community Salutes.

Dr. Hartman served as president of Drexel University Online, and has served on several boards, including the Board of Education of the Cherry Hill Public Schools (NJ) and the Executive Board of the Online Learning Consortium. He is the author of numerous trade and scholarly publications related to educational technology, a presenter at industry conferences, a syndicated newspaper columnist, television talk show host, and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

Dr. Hartman holds degrees from The State University of New York at Geneseo, a MA from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania.

Board of Directors

Marty Cohen, CPA, Treasurer

Dr. Randy Plunkett (US Air Force, Ret.)

Lt Col Al Bancroft (USMC, Ret.)

Fred Marro, Esq.

Capt Eugene Clark (US Army, Ret.)

Lt Col Ronald Tuczak (US Army, Ret.)