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Crestron Eagles Program

Crestron Eagles Program

The Crestron Eagles Program donates state-of-the-art home theater systems to military hospitals. The Eagles Program was conceived by George Feldstein, Crestron President, to provide comfort and entertainment for wounded service men and women returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

While visiting Walter Reed and Camp Lejeune, Crestron Government Support Services Manager and Retired U.S. Marine Pete Baca was impressed by the optimism and determination of the wounded soldiers and marines. When they were not in physical therapy working hard to recover, they passed time in the lounge or recreation room before the Eagles program, which provided few amenities or comfort. Learning of the basic conditions in the lounges for these heroes and their families, Mr. Feldstein was immediately motivated to take action.

I believe that every company in the private sector should do whatever they can to support and honor the men and women who have selflessly sacrificed so much to defend our country,
Mr. Feldstein

As an active member of the ELF Foundation, which donates home theaters to Children's Hospitals, Mr. Feldstein was inspired to create the Crestron Eagles Program. The ELF Foundation has been a huge success, completing 70 "Rooms of Magic" in just seven years, and providing support to children with long-term illnesses and their families.

The Crestron Eagles Program was designed with care and empathy for our Wounded Warriors. "On all other American emblems the eagle faces to the right, which symbolizes power and strength," Feldstein explains. "This eagle faces left, which symbolizes compassion. Everyone has responsibility to give back to our service men and women who courageously made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and democracy."

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The Crestron Eagles Program, and the support it provides our brave troops who have made supreme sacrifices on our behalf, would not be possible without the generosity of our partners. If you would like to donate your products or services, reach out to eagles@crestron.com.

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Crestron Eagles Program

Crestron Eagles Program Installations

Wounded Warriors Detachment Hawaii

Crestron hosted the fifth Eagles Program dedication ceremony last month at the Wounded Warrior Detachment Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, HI. A new home theater was unveiled in the building lounge and recreation room to provide comfort and entertainment for America's heroes recovering from injuries sustained during combat overseas. The Crestron Eagles Program was conceived by Crestron President George Feldstein to honor the service and sacrifice of our wounded warriors returning home from battle.

The Wounded Warrior Detachment Hawaii provides and facilitates assistance to WII Marines, Sailors attached to or in support of Marine units, and their family members, throughout the phases of care. The facility provides family support, assistance with individual Comprehensive Transition Plans (CTP), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) outreach education and job transition plans. Last month's ceremony was an uplifting experience for all who participated.

Attending the ceremonial ribbon cutting were Colonel James Bierman Jr., Sergeant Major Paul McKenna, Colonel Robert Rice, Sergeant Major James Sutton, Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Price, Master Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Carrillo, Pete Baca, Jr., USMC Ret., Crestron National Government Sales Manager and Jerry Wagner, Crestron Director of Government Strategic Accounts.

"Crestron is honored and privileged to give America's heroes a token of our appreciation for their service and sacrifice," said Pete Baca, Jr., Crestron National Government Sales Manager. "We hope that our donation will make their time here more comfortable."

Baca presented Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Price with a gold engraved plaque dedicating the theater. Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Price cut the ceremonial red, white and blue ribbon to officially open the new "Home Away From Home Theater."

"We want to thank Crestron for giving us this very generous gift," said Colonel Gregory Price. "The generous donation from Crestron will help improve morale among the Marines, assist recreation therapy events and serve as a media source for presentations from staff and other visiting guests."

The installation would not have been possible without the donations and efforts of industry partners. AVI-SPL installed the system and handled all the programming, and other vendor partners who kindly gave the necessary equipment: Marshall Furniture (custom entertainment center), Triad (speakers and stands) and Velodyne (sub-woofer). Crestron donated an Adagio® home theater system, CEN-HPRFGW (2-way RF wireless transceiver/gateway), CEN-IDOCV-PWE-W (Interface for iPod®), TPS-6X touchpanel, 52" HD LCD display and Blu-ray player. AVI-SPL's Tom Corzine, John Sublett and John Miles attended the event, along with Pete Baca, Jr. and Jerry Wagner from Crestron. The young men and women receiving treatment and recovering at the Wounded Warrior Detachment Hawaii- and their families - have to adjust to injuries, therapy and living without the familiarity of home and old friends. The new theater provides hours of fun and entertainment, and are a source of motivation to gather and socialize.

For more information about the Crestron Eagle Program contact Pete Baca at pbaca@crestron.com . For print-quality photos of the Crestron Eagles Program dedication ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, visit our High-Res Photos & Logos page.

Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital

Crestron hosted the first Eagles Program dedication ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital today, unveiling the new home theater donated to provide comfort and entertainment for America's heroes recovering from injuries sustained during combat overseas. The Crestron Eagles Program was conceived by Crestron President George Feldstein to honor the service and sacrifice of our wounded warriors returning home from battle.

"This theater system represents the largest single donation any military hospital has ever received," explained Pete Baca Jr., USMC Ret., CTS. "They may get a thousand or even five thousand dollars, but they were amazed when I told them what we wanted to do."

The home theater means so much more than mere entertainment to these men and women who are undergoing long-term physical and occupational therapy. "We treat the person rather than the injury," said Colonel Terrence McKenrick, Commandant of Walter Reed. "These Warriors in Transition receive physical rehabilitation, occupational therapy and professional education so they are fully prepared to re-enter society." The emotional aspect of recovery cannot be underestimated. Colonel McKenerick explains that socialization is vital for emotional health and a complete recovery.

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"Before the theater was installed, soldiers would stay in their rooms all day with the doors closed – shut off and withdrawn from life," recalls Col. McKenrick. "This gets them out of seclusion and reconnected with the outside world."

The ribbon cutting was a simple celebration of valor, commitment and hope. The community room was transformed into a state-of-the-art digital home theater, adorned with banners, flowers and balloons to mark the special occasion. The more than forty "warriors in transition," including five brave soldiers who had recently received their Purple Hearts and Bronze Stars, were overwhelmed by the technology and the generosity exhibited by Crestron and its partners.

Crestron donated an Adagio® home theater system, CEN-IDOC interface for iPod®, TPMC-8X Isys i/O® WiFi touchpanel and a 52-inch HD plasma. Chris Wildfoerster, Director of Business Development at Crestron, called upon partner companies to contribute to complete the system. "It took just one phone call to each partner," said Wildfoerster. "Once I explained what we were doing, everyone wanted to help." LG Electronics, Velodyne, Triad and Marshall Furniture each contributed to this life changing gift. Jose Rodriguez of Dal-Media and Kevin Busza of ICD Systems donated their time and talents for the system installation and programming.

"We really appreciate the support and kindness that Crestron and their partners have shown us," said Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey Hartless.

"This theater makes a huge difference in the lives of our wounded warriors."

Everyone who participated in and contributed toward the Crestron Eagle Program donation at Walter Reed was inspired by the troops and humbled by the gratitude they expressed. After Vin Bruno, Director of Marketing at Crestron, presented the Eagles plaque to Colonel McKenrick, Crestron was proud to receive a certificate of appreciation from the Warrior Transition Brigade which read:

For exceptional support and dedication to our wounded, injured and ill warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Your generosity and caring attitude makes a positive impact on many Warrior's lives. Thank you for your outstanding support!

The next hospital scheduled to receive a home theater center is The Wounded Warriors Battalion East at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. "I believe that every company in the private sector should do whatever they can to support and honor the men and women who have selflessly sacrificed so much to defend our country," said Mr. Feldstein.

For more information about the Crestron Eagle Program contact Pete Baca at pbaca@crestron.com. For print-quality photos of the Crestron Eagles Program dedication ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, visit our High-Res Photos & Logos page.

About Walter Reed

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center is the hub of the Walter Reed Health Care System which provides comprehensive health care for more than 150,000 soldiers, other service members, family members and retirees. We provide a wide range of acute and general hospital services to people of all ages. The Warrior Transition Brigade provides command and control, primary care, and case management for service members receiving treatment for wounds suffered deployed in the war on terror. The unit works to "promote their timely return to the force or transition to civilian life".

Wounded Warriors Battalion - Lejeune, NC

Crestron hosted the second Eagles Program dedication ceremony yesterday for the Wounded Warriors Battalion - East at Camp Lejeune, NC, unveiling the new home theater donated to provide comfort for America's heroes recovering from injuries sustained during combat overseas. The Crestron Eagles Program was conceived by Crestron President George Feldstein to honor the service and sacrifice of our wounded warriors returning home from battle.

Camp Lejeune is an expansive base near Jacksonville, NC. Marines train in every aspect of combat - including land, sea and air - from this facility. It is home to Wound Warriors Battalion -East, which is comprised of 130 marines in various stages of recovery from severe brain injuries, amputations and traumatic stress disorders.

"You all think that we've done something special for you," explained Mr. Feldstein, speaking to a group of Marines recovering at the base. "But this is really nothing compared to everything that you've done for us. This is the least we could do."

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Captain Ray Baronie, Alpha Company Commander, offered his gratitude to Mr. Feldstein for creating the Eagles Program, and demonstrating leadership through altruism. "This is our home, and you've made it a lot more comfortable. We truly appreciate your support and generosity."

Lt. Colonel Tom Siebenthal, Battalion Commander, then thanked AVI/SPL (installation), ICD (programming), Marshall Furniture (custom cabinet), Triad (speakers and stands), Velodyne (sub-woofer) and LG Electronics (Blu-ray player). Crestron donated an Adagio® home theater system, CEN-IDOC interface for iPod®, TPMC-8X WiFi touchpanel and a 52-inch HD plasma. Siebenthal presented each donor with a plaque recognizing their support and dedication to the Marines.

"You didn't have to do anything. But what you did was above and beyond. We are grateful to you for thinking of us, caring about us and all that you've done for us."

Mr. Feldstein presented Lt. Colonel Siebenthal with the Crestron Eagles Program plaque. "On all other emblems the eagle faces to the right, which symbolizes power and strength," Feldstein points out. "This eagle faces left, which symbolizes compassion. Everyone has responsibility to give back to our service men and women who courageously made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and democracy. This country is a land of opportunity, but that opportunity comes with a price - which you all have paid on our behalf."

The official ribbon cutting was performed by HM3 (FMF) Dustin E. Kirby, a Navy Corpsman assigned to the battalion. Kirby received the Navy Cross when he was severely wounded in combat and performed a tracheotomy on himself in the field, then refused a stretcher and walked defiantly to the helicopter. His story of valor and courage is just one of many. Each of the Marines in the battalion has served and sacrificed. Everyone that participated in this project was impressed and forever changed by these heroes.

Wounded Warriors Battalion - Bethesda, MD

Crestron hosted the third Eagles Program dedication ceremony yesterday for the Wounded Warriors Battalion – East at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, unveiling the new home theater donated to provide comfort and entertainment for America's heroes recovering from injuries sustained during combat overseas. The Crestron Eagles Program was conceived by Crestron President George Feldstein to honor the service and sacrifice of our wounded warriors returning home from battle.

The Bethesda Naval Hospital is part of Wounded Warrior Battalion-East, located in the suburbs of Washington. DC. It is a temporary home for marines recovering from severe injuries sustained from combat missions, sniper attacks and IEDs. Many of the wounded men and women are undergoing multiple brain surgeries, but are very optimistic and looking forward to returning to their units or starting their lives as civilians. As the Battalion motto states, they may be "down, but not out." Every marine has big plans for a bright future, and today was an emotional day for all who participated.

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Attending the ceremonial ribbon cutting were Officer in Charge Lt. Colonel Benjamin Hermantin, Gunnery Sergeant Charles Strong-SNCOIC, Staff Sergeant Charles Nesbitt, members of the Sergeant Major Edward Neas, Sr. Marine Corps League, and the entire Wounded Warrior Battalion. Cpl Jesse Brassart and LCpl Frank Parenti held the ribbon, while Sgt John McNamara cut it.

"We want to thank Crestron for giving us this very generous gift," said Staff Sergeant Charles Nesbitt. "I can't tell you how much all these marines appreciate your support and how much they enjoy the system you've provided." The marines presented Crestron with a certificate of appreciation, a photograph of the battalion signed by every marine, and two medals, which were accepted by Government Sales Manager Pete Baca, USMC Ret.

"Thank you for your kind words, but we are the ones who are grateful and honored to be able to do this for you," said Vincent Bruno, Crestron Director of Marketing. "You all have made great sacrifices for us – to preserve our freedom. This is merely a small token of our appreciation for all you do and are doing." Bruno then presented Staff Sgt. Nesbitt with a gold engraved plaque.

The installation would not have been possible without the donations and efforts of industry partners.AVI/SPL installed the system, ICD did all the programming, and the other vendors kindly gave the necessary equipment: Marshall Furniture (custom cabinet), Triad (speakers and stands) and Velodyne (sub-woofer). Crestron donated an Adagio® home theater system, CEN-IDOCV interface for iPod®, TPMC-6X touchpanel, a 52-inch HD plasma and a Blu-ray player.

The young men and women receiving treatment and recovering at the Bethesda Naval Hospital spend most of their days at "appointment" with doctors and physical therapists. There are occasional off-base trips and activities offered, but there is little to do at the hospital and boredom is often their biggest enemy. The new theater provides hours of fun and entertainment, and motivates the troops to gather and socialize when they're not at appointments.

"Last weekend I was here watching pre-season football rather than at home," explained Gunnery Sgt. Charles Strong. "The TV here is much better and it was more fun to hang out with some of the other guys." The next hospitals scheduled to receive a home theater are Warrior Transition Battalion at Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX and Wounded Warriors Battalion – West in San Diego, CA.

Fort Sam Houston

Crestron hosted the fourth Eagles Program dedication ceremony yesterday at the Fisher House, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston (near San Antonio, TX). New home theaters were unveiled in the building's recreation room and lounge, donated to provide comfort and entertainment for America's heroes recovering from injuries sustained during combat overseas. The Crestron Eagles Program was conceived by Crestron President George Feldstein to honor the service and sacrifice of our wounded warriors returning home from battle.

The newly completed Army Fisher House (one of ten in the U.S.) is a collection of garden-style apartments that provide temporary homes for recovering soldiers and their families. The soldiers are being treated for severe injuries sustained in combat missions, sniper attacks and IEDs, and are now on a personal mission of recovery. Yesterday's ceremony was an uplifting experience for all who participated.

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Attending the ceremonial ribbon cutting were Colonel Mary Garr, U.S. Army Garrison Commander, Command Sergeant Major Raymond Houston, Mr. Rob "Robbie" Robinson, facility manager, George Feldstein Crestron President and Pete Baca, Jr., USMC Ret., Crestron National Government Sales Manager.

"We are grateful and honored that you allowed us to thank you and show our appreciation for all that you have done for us," said Feldstein who then presented Col. Garr with a gold engraved plaque dedicating the theaters. The red, white and blue ribbon, held by two veteran soldiers, was cut by Col. Garr and Mr. Feldstein, officially opening the new "Home Away From Home Theaters."

"We want to thank Crestron for giving us this very generous gift," said Colonel Garr. "I can't tell you how much all these soldiers and their families appreciate your support, and how much they enjoy the home theaters you've made possible."

The installation would not have been possible without the donations and efforts of industry partners. AVI-SPL installed the system, ICD did all the programming, and the other vendors kindly gave the necessary equipment: Marshall Furniture (custom cabinets), Triad (speakers and stands) and Velodyne (sub-woofers). Crestron donated Adagio® home theater systems, CEN-IDOCVs (Interface for iPod®), TPS-6X touchpanels, 52" HD LCD displays and Blu-ray players. Tom Corzine, Dannie Dement and Michael Roberts from AVI-SPL, and John Ryter with Marshall Furniture attended the event, along with Mr. Feldstein and a number of Crestron representatives.

The young men and women receiving treatment and recovering at the Brooke Army Medical Center - and their families - have to adjust to not only injuries and therapy, but living without the familiarity of home and old friends. The new theaters provide hours of fun and entertainment, and are a source of motivation to gather and socialize.

About Fisher House

The Fisher House™ program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.