James Lyons ’03, one of the first Syracuse University alumni killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was inducted into the University’s National Veterans Resource Center’s Hall of Honor on Oct. 15. He was also recognized as the “Hometown Hero” during halftime…
Veteran-Owned ZeroPoint Aerial Launches Inaugural Drone Flyover to Feature Site Preparation at National Veterans Resource Center
The first-ever drone flyover of the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) occurred on Monday, Feb. 26, thanks to a local veteran-owned business hired to chronicle the historic beginnings of the building slated to open in spring of 2020. Army veteran Todd Torrance, the owner of ZeroPoint Aerial, launched and operated the drone flyover showcasing early scenes from the construction site.
The NVRC, when complete, will be the first-of-its-kind facility in the United States and a leading example of academic, government and community collaboration committed to supporting research, programming and community initiatives to serve the nation’s veterans and military-connected families. Torrance was deployed in Afghanistan when he was involved in an IED explosion. Now he is employed at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome and also owns ZeroPoint Aerial.
“It is only fitting we have a veteran-owned business as part of this historic moment at Syracuse University. It is truly an exciting time to be on campus as we begin work on preparing the site for the future home of the NVRC, which will become a university, community, regional and national asset in support of our nation’s veterans and families,” says Office of Veteran and Military Affairs Executive Director Ron Novack.
Torrance will conduct continual flyovers illustrating construction developments as it progresses. A live webcam and archived drone footage can be seen on the NVRC website.
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