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NEWS | Dec. 16, 2015

Charleston Metro Chamber's Mary Graham selected to U.S. Air Force Civic Leader Program

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Mary Graham, Chief Advancement Officer at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, has been selected as a member of the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff's civic leader program.

The Chief of Staff's civic leader program is an Air Staff-level program comprised of several respected community leaders from across the nation nominated by officials from Air Force major commands, the National Guard Bureau and Headquarters Air Force.

These unpaid advisors provide unfiltered feedback from their communities and invaluable insight on local public opinion on Air Force issues to the Secretary of the Air Force, the Air Force chief of staff and senior Air Force leaders.

Graham has served as an Air Mobility Command civic leader from 2010-2014 and attended the Air Force War College's National Security Forum in 2005. She served as an Honorary Commander from 2003-2004 at Joint Base Charleston, as well as a member of the local Advisory Council.

As Chief Advancement Officer, Graham oversees the advocacy and advancement work of the Chamber. She has been the key staff contact for all military issues since 2001. Graham is also a member of the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Military Base Task Force. The MBTF works to support of the state's four military communities.

"Ms. Graham's selection to the Chief of Staff's civic leader program is tremendous and represents her commitment and dedication to Joint Base Charleston and to the Air Force," said Col. Robert Lyman, Joint Base Charleston commander. "Her knowledge of Air Force and Department of Defense issues is extraordinary because of her more than 14 year relationship with the military at the local, state and federal levels."

For questions about this release, contact the Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs office at (843) 963-5608.