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Memorial Day: Remember and Honor Event

May 27 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

The Round Rock Veteran’s Coalition and City of Round Rock invite the entire community to honor and remember those who sacrificed all for our country at a Memorial Day Ceremony taking place at the Yonders Point Flag Plaza.

Yonders Point is located on the north side of Old Settlers Park at 3101 Aten Loop.

The Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 10:00am. Immediately following the ceremony please join us for light refreshments.

Guest Speaker: AFC CW5 Edwin De La Cruz Jr.
Command Chief Warrant Officer
U.S. Army Futures Command

Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5) Edwin De La Cruz Jr. was appointed as the U.S. Army Futures Command’s first Command Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO) on April 17, 2022. Upon graduating from high school in 1997, he immediately enlisted in the United States Army as a Cannon Crewmember (13B).  CW5 De La Cruz’s first assignment was with the 1-10th Field Artillery (FA), 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Benning, GA. He was then assigned to 4-27th FA Baumholder, Germany, where he served in various positions. In 2004, after seven years of enlisted service, he was selected to attend the Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS). In 2005, CW5 De La Cruz successfully graduated from WOCS and was appointed as a WO1 FA Targeting Technician (131A).

CW5 De La Cruz served as a leader and staff officer in multiple echelons from Battalion, Brigade, Division, and Joint Targeting positions.  Some of his most notable targeting positions include Senior Division Targeting Officer for the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX, and lead Joint Targeting Officer for the 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters, United States Forces-Afghanistan, where he deployed for 12 months. He has seven combat tours between Iraq and Afghanistan.  He was hand-selected to serve as the lead Targeting Officer for the Long-Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team under Army Futures Command.  He previously served as the III Armored Corps’ Senior Targeting Officer in support of world-wide contingencies.

CW5 De La Cruz holds two degrees from Grantham University; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies and a Master of Business Administration in Project Management.  His military education includes the Warrant Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Warrant Officer Intermediate Level, and the Warrant Officer Senior Service Education course.

CW5 De La Cruz’s functional training courses include Theater Nuclear Operations, Joint Firepower, Joint Aerospace Command & Control, Joint Targeting, Joint Battle Damage Assessment, Collateral Damage Estimate, Military Deception Planner’s Course, Special Technical Operations, Army Space Cadre Phase I and II, Electronic Warfare Integration, Digital Master Gunner, Echelons Above Brigade Airspace Course, and Fundamentals of Systems Acquisition Management.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (8 OLC), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, and Army Space Badge. He is also a recipient of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

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