General Shelton, an Edgecombe County native, is honorary Chairman of the Edgecombe County Veterans' Military Museum. He is the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Shelton said, "The Edgecombe County Veterans' Museum was established to recognize and preserve the history of the tremendous sacrifices and contributions Edgecombe County Veterans have made to our nation's security. It will serve as an enduring memorial to those who have helped defend America's freedom. I am proud to serve as the honorary chairman of the museum seeking through this very worthwhile endeavour to preserve our heritage and honor those who served our nation."