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American Red Cross – National Capital Region CEO to Lay Wreath

WASHINGTON – Linda Mathes, chief executive officer, American Red Cross – National Capital Region, and Bette Cook, station chair, Fort Belvoir and Quantico Marine Corps Base, will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery Monday, May 11 at

2 p.m. The wreath-laying ceremony will be hosted by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarter-National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

Mathes is responsible for carrying out the mission of the American Red Cross regional communities in the District of Columbia; Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s; and to support other communities across the country and around the world. She is currently a member of the Emergency Preparedness Council of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; Non-profit Roundtable of Greater Washington; International Women’s Forum; Age-Friendly DC Task Force; and Tiffany Circle.

Cook currently leads 400 volunteers to provide services to the Armed Forces and their families. The volunteers coordinate outreach events to educate military members and their families about American Red Cross services. Her team works as doctors, nurses, therapists, comfort care givers, therapy dog visitors, administrative assistants and many other skilled positions. Cook’s first encounter with the American Red Cross was as a teenager; through the course of her career she has remains active with the organization’s international humanitarian assistance program.

The American Red Cross - National Capital Region has a team of nearly 1,000 volunteers supporting the Service to the Armed Forces mission. SAF provides support to Active Duty and Reserve personnel, retirees, veterans, and their families. SAF volunteers support 14 military installations, the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, and the regional community.

Editor’s Note: The ceremony on May 11 is just one example of the strong partnership between the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and the American Red Cross-National Capital Region that further emphasizes the importance of establishing relationships, training and resiliency between the military and interagency partners.

For more information, send an email to the U.S. Army Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office at or call 202-685-4645.