NCC Provides Real-time Captioning Support for Medal of Honor Ceremony

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On October 16, 2013, NCC was proud to provide on-site captioning support to Washington Headquarters Services in the Pentagon for the prestigious Medal of Honor Ceremony, as former U.S. Army Captain William D. Swenson was inducted into the Hall of Heroes.  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Army Secretary John M. McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno were present to recognize Captain Swenson as he joined the 78 other living recipients of this high honor.

The captioned streaming video was available within the Pentagon and to all Department of Defense (DoD) employees.  NCC is privileged to have supported both Medal of Honor ceremonies this year; the first on February 12, when our Conference and Peer Review Management Services (CPRM) team facilitated lighting, staging, and backdrop for U.S. Army staff sergeant Clinton Romesha’s induction into the Hall of Heroes.

Swenson, a 34-year-old Seattle resident, received the sky blue ribbon and medal for his service with the Afghan Border Police Mentor Team as a trainer and adviser.  During an ambush by Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009, Captain Swenson evacuated wounded Afghan and American soldiers, risking his life in the midst of the ambuscade which ultimately resulted in the death of five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops, and an interpreter.  Thanks to Captain Swenson’s brave actions, however, more than a dozen lives were saved.

Along with our support for the last two Medal of Honor ceremonies, NCC has had a longtime association with numerous military organizations and events, providing service across all of our divisions of service.  In May of 2012, we supported the Pentagon’s Spirit of Service Ceremony with project management and vendor coordination; in July of 2012, NCC provided real-time captioning and audiovisual support for the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Memorial Service; and in 2012, our Multimedia and Production Solutions team provided verbatim transcripts of record for the Wounded Warrior Project.  Additionally, since March of 2012, we have supported Hero Dogs, Inc. as one of our valued non-profit partners. We have sponsored two of the organization’s dogs (Grant and Calvin) during their training to become service dogs for disabled veterans.  

NCC was grateful to be a part of this important event which honored the heroism of Captain Swenson, providing captioning to make this significant ceremony more accessible to all DoD employees.  We applaud Captain Swenson on receiving the Medal of Honor and we extend our appreciation for his sacrifice and service to our nation.