“Operation Family” event to support military members and their loved ones

CHEYENNE, Wyoming – Laramie County Community College is hosting an inspiring event featuring former U.S. Air Force Capt. Scott O’Grady and dedicated to raising funds and providing resources for military dependents. 

“Operation Family” is set for 6-9 p.m. May 23 at Little America in Cheyenne, 2800 W. Lincolnway. O'Grady, the keynote speaker, will recount his harrowing survival story that captured hearts across the nation.

O’Grady's F-16 was shot down over Bosnia in 1995 by a surface-to-air missile, leading to a six-day evasion of capture in hostile territory until his heroic rescue by U.S. Marines. His tale of resilience and determination continues to inspire, making him a fitting highlight for an evening focused on support and resilience within the military community.

The event was created to support a new scholarship at LCCC specifically for military dependents seeking education at the college. Dinner, a silent auction and raffles will generate funds for families and loved ones of U.S. military service members. Resource tables from the Air Force and Air National Guard Family Readiness Programs, the Wyoming Veterans Association, Laramie County School District 1, the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce and the Vet Center will be present.

Tickets for the event are available at lccc.wy.edu/events or by contacting Katie Cover at kcover@lccc.wy.edu or 307.778.1110.