Honored Veterans at this Year’s Parade

We are so honored to say “thank you” to the Veterans in our community that serve our nation to keep it free and safe.


 One of our honored veterans at the 69th Annual Christmas Parade is Mr. George Odom. 

George enlisted in the Navy in 1991 and has served ever since. His distinguished duty assignments include Naval Ocean Processing Facility Dam Neck, VA.; Augmented: USNS ZEUS Cheatham Annex Williamsburg, VA.; Branch Dental Clinic Dam Neck, VA.; 2D DENBN/NDC 2nd FSSG II MEF Camp Lejeune, NC.; 24th Marine Expeditionary, Special Operation Capable; Augmented: USS WASP Norfolk, VA.; USS PONCE Norfolk, VA.; USS KEASARGE Norfolk, VA.; Naval Dental Center Norfolk Dental Aug DET Norfolk, VA.; Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA.

HM1 Odom graduated Advance Medical Laboratory “C” School in February 2008 and received orders to Naval Medical Research Center Silver Spring, Maryland whereas he has assumed the duties of the Senior Enlisted Leader, the Leading Petty Officer of Operations within the Biological Defense Research Directorate, the Command Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor and the Command Readiness Officer.

HM1 Odom is married with three children.

His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Nine awards), Good Conduct (six awards), Fleet Marine Force, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various service, unit and campaign awards. Additionally, he earned the designators Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.


We thank him for all he has done!

Another great individual to recognize…

We are pleased to share with you another great community member who will be an Honorary Grand Marshal in this year’s parade, Kevin Shafer.


Kevin is a well-respected firefighter in the City and the County for his professionalism and his ability to build strong relations between career firefighters, volunteers and the area youth. He has spent more than two decades as a firefighter for Prince William County and the City of Manassas Fire Departments serving as a volunteer, career firefighter, Master Tech and Instructor. He has also established himself as a well-known on-air television and radio personality providing play by play and sports commentary on media outlets such as ESPN, CBS Radio’s 106.7 The Fan, WDCW 50, WUSA CBS 9, Fox 5 DC, NFLPA Radio, and ABC News Channel 8. Thank you for all you do for Manassas, Kevin!