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02-09-09, 03:42 PM
Crestron Honors U.S. Marines with Home Theater

Source: PRO AV News Service
Publication date: February 9, 2009

By Pro AV Staff

Crestron hosted its second Eagles Program dedication ceremony last week for the Wounded Warriors Battalion East at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Crestron and base officials cut the ribbon on a new home theater donated to provide comfort and entertainment for Americans 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 warriors returning home from battle.

Camp Lejeune is a Marine base near Jacksonville, N.C. It is home to 130 Marines in various stages of recovery from severe brain injuries, amputations, and traumatic stress disorders. In November, Crestron dedicated its first Eagles Program theater at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

"You all think that we've done something special for you," explained Mr. Feldstein, speaking to a group of Marines recovering at Camp Lejeune. "But this is really nothing compared to everything that you've done for us. This is the least we could do. I thank you for the opportunity to give something back to you to show our appreciation for your service and sacrifice."

Captain Raymond Baronie, Alpha Company Commander and a double amputee himself, offered his gratitude. "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, thanked integrator AVI/SPL for installing the system, ICD for programming the system, and the other vendors for their contributions: 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 Isys i/O WiFi touchpanel, and a 52-inch HD plasma TV.

The next hospitals scheduled to receive a home theater through the Eagles Program are Bethesda Naval Hospital and Wounded Warriors Battalion West. "We have been overwhelmed by the response we've received from our industry. Installers and programmers call and e-mail every day asking us if they can do the next one," said Mr. Feldstein. "These first two installations [Walter Reed and Camp Lejeune] are just the beginning. This needs to be an ongoing program."