Maj. Gen. John Epperly, DMI federal president and commanding general of the 29th Infantry Division in the Virginia National Guard, will speak at the D-Day 75th anniversary ceremony in Normandy, France on June 6.
Epperly will represent the 29th Infantry Division, which is based in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, as members of the infantry were of the first allied forces to break through the German lines June 6, 1944. This effort to free Western Europe from the Nazis is known as Operation Overlord.
Epperly has commanded troops in the U.S. Army for nearly 30 years, is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy West Point.
“John is a citizen-soldier who demonstrates a commitment to excellence on a daily basis,” said DMI CEO and Founder Jay Sunny Bajaj. “We fully support John’s leadership in the Virginia National Guard and thank John, and the many other citizen soldiers who work at DMI, for their service to our nation.”
And accompanying Epperly’s military experience is 25 years of business experience in federal and commercial sectors. He said he is humbled to represent the members of the 29th Infantry Division at the anniversary ceremony on the day of the assault on Omaha Beach.
‘The D-Day invasion remains the most significant battle in the Blue and Gray Division’s one hundred year history,” Epperly said. “The friendship between the 29th Infantry Division and the people of Vierville-sur-Mer, France was born on that fateful day and has endured. I look forward to the ceremonies and would like to recognize DMI for the company’s support of my service in the Virginia National Guard.”