Decorated student veteran to speak at CFCC’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Cape Fear Community College invites the public to honor our nation’s military veterans on Monday, Nov. 11 at a special ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at the downtown Wilmington Campus.

The featured speaker will be CFCC student veteran Ray “Chief” Charfauros, a sergeant with the US Marine Corps who served in Afghanistan and earned a dozen military awards.

As a member of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, Charfauros was a squad leader and served two tours to Afghanistan. The 1st was the push through Marjah, Afghanistan on the major operation “Operation Moshturak”. The 2nd tour was back to Marjah, Afghanistan for counter insurgency operations and to help rebuild the city.

In 2013, he was honorably discharged and now attends CFCC pursuing a college transfer degree.

Before Charfauros was deployed overseas, he served at the White House and Pentagon on multiple occasions. He marched in President Gerald Ford’s funeral and won barracks Marine Of the year for 2007.

His military awards include:

1. Navy Commendation Medal with “Valor”
2. Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2)
3. Combat action Ribbon
4. Good Conduct medal (2)
5. Presidential Unit Citation
6. Navy unit commendation Meritorious Unit commendation
8.National Defense Service Medal
9.Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3)
10. Global War on Terrorism Service medal
11. Sea Service Deployment ribbon
12. NATO medal

The event will be held in Tabitha’s Courtyard in the 400 block of N. Front St.

In the past six months, over 900 student veterans and their family members attend CFCC. Student veterans are enrolled in nearly every academic program at the college and take online classes while deployed overseas. The college has been selected as a “Military-Friendly School” for three consecutive years.