2017 PCMS Annual Meeting
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Pierce County Medical Society will take place on Wednesday, December 6 at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club in Lakewood starting with a reception at 5:30pm with no-host beverages at the bar. The social reception will be followed by a buffet dinner accompanied by wine, beer, coffee, and soft drinks opening around 6:45pm with a program to begin around 7:15pm and set to conclude by 9pm. Our guest of honor and speaker will be US Navy Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward Byers, Jr., recipient of the Medal of Honor. Senior Chief Byers will attend the reception and dinner to visit with PCMS members and their guests.
Outgoing PCMS President Steve Litsky, MD and Incoming President Khash Dehghan, MD will offer remarks and make presentations including the 2017 PCMS Community Service Award as well as announce raffle prize winners. Executive Director Bruce Ehrle will also speak and introduce Senior Chief Byers who will offer his advice about overcoming adversity and comment about related topics such as honoring the fallen as well as having the good fortune of celebrating the holidays together.
Senior Chief Byers was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama at the White House in 2016 for his actions on a SEAL team mission to rescue a civilian US physician from Taliban captivity in December 2012.
After the conclusion of Senior Chief Byers' remarks at 9pm there will be an opportunity for attendees to take group photos (up to 12 at a time) with him as the evening closes.
An event flyer and registration form can be found attached to this notice.
Please note that advance registration at $65 per person is required for this event.
This is an adults-only event.
Attendees are requested to bring an unwrapped toy for a child or a gift for a woman that will be delivered on behalf of PCMS to the YWCA Shelter.
We look forward to a collegial opportunity to share a warm-hearted holiday evening together while putting aside the busy daily world for a few hours of fun.
Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr.
SOCS Edward Byers was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1979. He grew up in Grand Rapids, Ohio. In 1997, he graduated from Otsego High School where he played varsity soccer. Byers joined the Navy in September 1998, and subsequently attended Boot Camp and Corpsman “A” School in Great Lakes, Illinois.
Byers spent four years as a Hospital Corpsman. In 1998, he was assigned to Great Lakes Naval Hospital. In 1999, he served with 2nd Battalion, 2nd marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard USS Austin (LPD 4). During deployment he earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) and Fleet Marine Force (FMF) warfare devices.
In 2002, Byers attended Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUD/S) training and graduated with Class 242. After graduation, he attended the Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) course. Byers was then assigned to an East Coast SEAL Team.
Byers has 11 overseas deployments with nine combat tours. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star with Valor (five awards), the Purple Heart (two awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards, one with Valor), the Combat Action ribbon (two awards), and the Good Conduct Medal (five awards).
Byers was awarded the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony February 29, 2016 for his efforts during a hostage rescue while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012.
Byers holds a National Paramedics License and also studied Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis at Norwich University. Byers is married and has a daughter.