Hosted by the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity, the Louisiana Veteran’s Festival provides an opportunity for families and friends to celebrate our veterans for their service. Registered with the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals, and the Louisiana Secretary of State, the Louisiana Veterans Festival will bring veterans services, high-level entertainment, food, and beverages.
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Damon Singleton, “the Commander,” is a native New Orleanian, a graduate of St. Augustine High School, a Surface Warfare Officer, and a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. He has traveled the world as a crewmember aboard the USS CORAL SEA (CV 43), an Engineering Officer on USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64), the Navigator and Electrical Officer on the USS MERRILL (DD 976), the Operations Officer on USS MOUNT HOOD (AE 29), and Executive Officer of USS LASALLE (AGF 3). During his career he participated in EARNEST WILL Escort Operations of reflagged Kuwaiti Tankers; Operation PRAYING MANTIS, President Reagan’s measured response to the Iranian mining of the USS SAMUEL B ROBERTS; Operation SOUTHERN WATCH enforcing the no-fly zone over Southern Iraq; Operation RESTORE HOPE in Mogadishu, Somalia; and Operation JOINT GUARD supporting Joint Task Force SILVERWAKE operations in the former Yugoslavia among others.
“The Commander” rose through the ranks in the Navy and held critical leadership positions ashore and at sea including Fleet Support Officer for the Navy Center for Tactical Systems Interoperability, Deputy Director of Policy and Strategy of the U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND where he worked for the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Peter Pace, Deputy Director of Character Education at the United States Naval Academy, Executive Officer and Second in Command of the USS LASALLE(AGF 3), and Executive Officer of the Navy ROTC Unit at Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge.
Damon’s degree in Meteorology is from the University Of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He also holds a Master’s Degree from the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
All proceeds benefit East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity’s Veteran’s Build Program, providing affordable homes for deserving veterans.