2024 Scholarship Opportunity

The BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks in Government® is accepting applications from high school seniors planning to pursue post-secondary education, current post-secondary students, and individuals who plan to attend a non-traditional college or technical program that may lead to obtaining a training certification. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 31, 2024.

Honorable Gerald R. Reed Obituary, Tribute Wall, and Funeral Information

Because of his faith and his commitment to service, Honorable Gerald Reed touched many as he contributed so much to our BIG organization. If you would like to share a memory of how he impacted you, a tribute wall along with his obituary can be found using this link set out below. On the day of the service, the virtual streaming can also be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of the obituary.

Here’s the link to the tribute wall and obituary.

Celebration of Life for the Honorable Gerald Reed

Thursday, December 15, 2022

First Baptist Church Manassas
9258 Center Street
Manassas, VA 20110

*Honorable Reed’s favorite color was deep purple. Attendees are asked to wear that color in his honor if at all possible. 

Viewing @ 10:00 am EST
Services @ 11:00 am EST

Masks Required

Interment immediately following @ 1:30 pm EST sharp at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, VA

In lieu of floral arrangements, the family asks that donations be made to the BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks In Government Scholarship Fund via:

Zelle email 

CashApp $BIGPentagonChapter

For those unable to attend in person, the service will be live streamed via the Ames Funeral Home, Inc. website:  amesfh.com

Cards/Condolences may be mailed to:

Mrs. Vernadette Reed
8034 Whitting Dr
Manassas, VA 20110

For those coming from out of town, a room block has been set aside at the Tru by Hilton Manassas hotel near the church. Details are as follows:

Group code: NDA
CUT OFF: 12/7/22

Booking Link: https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=MNZGWRU&groupCode=NDA&arrivaldate=2022-12-14&departuredate=2022-12-17&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT


Thank you for your continued prayers and support for the family.

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…” Luke 12:48,

2) Regional Training Conference – Saturday, May 21 at Northern Virginia Community College 

This year’s Regional Training Conference (RTC) will be held in person at the Northern Virginia Community College on Saturday, May 21, from 8:30 – 3:30. The P&E Committee has posted a call for speakers, and registration will be open on or about April 8. Please continue to check the weekly announcement for the registration link and other details. For questions about the RTC, please contact the P&E Committee at .

3) Officer Leader Training (OLT) – Saturday, April  9 

Officer Leadership Training is scheduled for next Saturday, April 9, and will be hosted by the National Program and Planning Committee.  Registration is open and the link is here.

4) The next Regional Council Meeting will be held via Zoom Saturday, April 9 at 10 a.m.   The meeting link will be forwarded to Chapter Regional Reps on Thursday, April 7.  

Finally, please continue to check the NTI website for updates on this year’s NTI in Cleveland, OH, August 15-18.