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Operation North State

Operation North State (ONS) is a 501 3c non-profit (ALL VOLUNTEER) organization which currently offers seven “unique” military support service programs within North Carolina. In 2013, ONS will offer its Fourth Annual NCCARES Christmas Box Project. Additionally, there are three programs for deployed troops, one for veterans-in-need and two awareness programs.


Operation North State’s founder, Terry Snyder, has promoted North Carolina’s People, Places, Products and Pride since 1995 when he opened Kicks & Grins - one of the first, if not the first, North Carolina product stores in the state. Additionally, in February of 2010 after years of requests from Kicks & Grins customers, Snyder  launched the "all about North Carolina" website called  It's the most informative and comprehensive website related to North Carolina in the state.  One of the main users of the website is NC's deployed military personnel who use the site to stay in touch with the home-state and they share with their fellow troops that aren't from North Carolina information about the Great North State.

Terry Snyder of Winston-Salem (the Founder of Operation North State) serves as the Chairman. Terri Brooks of Mooresville is the Executive Director. And, Charlie Smith from Raleigh is Operation North State's Chief Military Advisor. Mr. Snyder is the founder of both Kicks & Grins and and he has served on various non-profit boards on multiple occasions.  In addition, he has 30 years of sales/marketing experience in banking software and services and the real estate industry.  Ms. Brooks was most recently employed with US Smokeless Tobacco’s (Skoal and Copenhagen) Motorsports Sales and Marketing Division based in Mooresville for 20+ years. Mr. Smith recently retired from the State of North Carolina after more than 40 years of service which included serving 22 years as the Director of the NC Division of Veterans Affairs.  Most recently, Mr. Smith served as the Assistant Secretary for the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs Department of Administration. Mr. Smith was awarded the State of North Carolina's "The Order of the Long Leaf Pine" by Governors Jim Martin and Beverly Perdue. Snyder, Brooks and Smith are all volunteers; Operation North State is an ALL-VOLUNTEER organization.


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