Yvette Branham

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Branch of Service: U.S. Navy
Final rank / grade: E-4
Final duty station: USS Winston S. Churchill DDG-81
Job description: Gas turbine mechanic
Favorite port of call: England
What I miss most about the military: Traveling and meeting new people
What I enjoyed most in the military: I enjoyed learning new things and going new places
Number of tours: 1
Years of service: 4 years

Brad Breeden

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Branch of service: U.S. Army
Final rank / grade: E3 Private First Class
Final duty station: Ft. Knox, KY
Job description: Cavary Scout, front line intelligence, enemy troop movements and strength, topography, survival
Favorite duty station: Ft. Benning, GA
What I miss most about the military: Friends, camaraderie
What I enjoyed most about the military: Training (war games), graduation
Number of tours: 1
Years of service: 3 years
Relatives in the military: John Huckstep III(grandfather ARMY Ret.), John Huckstep IV(uncle ARMY Vet.), Robert Huckstep(uncle ARMY Vet.), John Ethlers (brother in law ARMY), Carissa Bryant (niece ARMY)

Patrick Scalet

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Branch of service: U.S. Navy
Final rank / grade: MT2 / E5
Final duty station: USS Emory S. Land AS39 Norfolk, VA
Job description: rident C4 Backfit Ballistic Missile Technician. To assemble, maintain and be ready to deploy Trident missiles from an underwater mobile platform.
Favorite port of call: Nova Scotia. Being deployed on a Trident submarine does not allow the ability to pull into foreign ports.
What I miss most about the military: Being able to defend my country and promote democracy worldwide.
What I enjoyed most about the military: The sense of being deployed in 72 day periods and having to rely on my fellow crew mates to ensure we all returned safely.
Number of tours: 1
Years of service: 6 years active, offered early out at 3 years due to deadlock rate.
Relatives in the military: One grandfather served in the Navy, other grandfather in the Air Force both serving during World War II. Father retired from the Navy as an Lt. Commander after 23 years of service.

Jerrel Cummings

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Branch of service: U.S. Air Force
Final rank / grade: E-5 Staff Sergeant
Final duty station: Gabreski Air Station, Westhampton Beach, NY
Job description: Disaster Preparedness Technician
Favorite duty station: Gabreski Air Station
What I miss most about the military: The friendships that were made and traveling to places that most people don't get the chance to go to.
What I enjoyed most about the military: Working with my fellow troops and the traveling.
Number of tours: 2
Years of service: 8 years
Relatives in the military: Two uncles that are retired vets and a cousin that is currently serving in the Army.

Terrell Harris

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Branch of service: Navy
Final rank / grade: D2 (E-5; Petty Offer Second Class)
Final duty station: NAS Brunswick
Job description: Aviation Machinist mate
Favorite port of call: NAS Sigonella
What I miss most about the military: I miss the camaraderie among my shipmates and experiencing the world's culture
What I enjoyed most about the military: I love the different ports' cuisine
Number of tours: 1
Years of service: 4 years
Relatives in the military: I had two uncles that retired USN AMSC

Donnie Houser

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Branch of service: U.S. Air Force
Final rank / grade: Sergeant / E-4 / Administration Specialist
Final duty station: Shaw AFB
Job description: Knowledge of policies and procedures relating to administrative communications, correspondence, messages, and general office management; personnel readiness, and deployment/mobilization procedures; overall organizational structure and its interrelationship with the mission.
Favorite duty station: Shaw AFB
What I miss most about the military: Sense of duty and mission
What I enjoyed most about the military: Esprit de corps
Number of tours: 1
Years of service: 4 years

Amos Harvey

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Branch of service: U.S. Navy
Final rank / grade: Master Chief E-9
Final duty station: USS Naussau LHA-4
Job description: Air department leading CPO
Favorite duty station: Anywhere in the Mediterranean Sea / NAS Bermuda
What I miss most about the military: Going to sea, traveling to foreign counties, being with shipmates
What I enjoyed most about the military: Helping young sailors
Number of tours: 1
Years of service: 30 years
Relatives in the military: Brother, U.S. Navy

Robert Bagley

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Branch of service: USMC
Final rank / grade: E-5
Final duty station: El Toro, CA
Job description: Military Police
Favorite duty station: Iwakuni, Japan
What I miss most about the military: Besides defending our country, the great friends I made while I was in
What I enjoyed most about the military: Serving our country
Number of tours: 1
Years of service: 4 years active, 4 years inactive reserves
Relatives in the military: Father retired Sargeant Major Army, WWII and Korean Conflict, Brother retired Master Seargant Army. Brother served 3 years Army. Uncle served in the United states Navy. Uncle retired Air Force

Kristy Mack

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Branch of service: U.S. Army
Final rank / grade: E-4 / Specialist
Final duty station: El Toro, CA
Job description: 52 Delta - Generator mechanic
Favorite duty station: Camp Suwon, South Korea
What I miss most about the military: Traveling overseas and to different states and interacting with different cultures
What I enjoyed most about the military: Getting dirty in the motorpool by troubleshooting my equipment and finding solutions to whatever diagnostic issues my generators had
Number of tours: 1
Years of service: 4 years
Relatives in the military: Two uncles are veterans and one uncle is currently serving as a warrant officer at Ft. Bragg

Jason Noel

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Branch of service: U.S. Navy
Final rank / grade: Yeoman
Final duty station: San Diego, CA
Job description: I worked directly for the Captain of the USS Constellation CV-64. I would handle all important documents for the Captain and also the Executive Officer. I would work on special projects for them that would include contacting head of states and also Department of Defense. I got out of that then transferred to Deck Seaman which basically means I worked on the boat from painting to repairing. We would work on everything from the anchor to painting a whole boat in two days.
Favorite port: My favorite port was definitely Sydney, Australia. It was absolutely beautiful there. The people were great but also the atmosphere in general was great. My other favorite place would have to be Singapore. That place is the cleanest place that I have ever seen. You can actually get fined for throwing gum on the ground.
What I miss most about the military: The people I met and also the places I got to visit. In the time that I was in I really will never forget the people that I met. The military is a tighter family than most would think these guys and gals would do anything for you. I met some great people that I still talk to this day.
What I enjoyed most about the military: I enjoyed the travel. You get to see the world when you are in the Navy. I saw places that I would probably never get to see again. I have seen some of the strangest things but some really awesome things.
Number of tours: 2
Years of service: 4 years
Relatives in the military: My wife's uncle is in the Navy.

Jim Rogers

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Branch of service: U.S. Navy
Final rank / grade: E-5 (BM-2)
Final duty station: Naval Base Norfolk
Job description: Maintaining small boats, sea and anchor detail, maintaining exterior of ships
Favorite port of call: Sydney, Australia
What I miss most about the military: The travel and the pride of being in uniform
What I enjoyed most about the military: Contributing to the defense of our great country, seeing different cultures and learning from them
Number of tours: 2
Years of service: 10 years

Tara D.J. Logan

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Branch of service: U.S. Army
Final rank / grade: Staff Sergeant/ E-6
Final duty station: Decatur,GA
Job description: Motor Transport Operator - 88M, Recruiting and Retention Non Commissioned Officer- 79T, Automated Logistics Supply Specialist & Instructor - 92A
Favorite port of call: Germany, Egypt
What I miss most about the military: Traveling and meeting new people
What I enjoyed most about the military: I have enjoyed extensive domestic and international travel as well as meeting individuals of diverse backgrounds. The military has provided me with a phenomenal network of friends, colleagues, and opportunities. Additionally, I have learned many skills that have assisted me in the civilian sector. In all positions that I have served over the years, I have most enjoyed the charge that I have received in assisting other Service members and civilians as they transition through various phases of their careers and education. I have immensely enjoyed training our United States Service members and civilians on various aspects of the military. The military is not just a career , it has become a way of life.
Number of tours: 1
Years of service: 20 years

Ken Cason

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Branch of service: U.S. Army
Final rank / grade: SSG/E-6
Final duty station: FT Bliss, TX
Job description: Telecommunications/Network Technician 25P
Favorite port of call: Izmir, Turkey
What I miss most about the military: Comradery
What I enjoyed most about the military: Team-work, one Team, one Fight
Number of tours: 2
Years of service: 11 years

Phillip M. Reed

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Branch of service: USMC/USARMY
Final rank / grade: MSGT/E8
Final duty station: 29 Palms California
Job description: Communications Chief
Favorite port of call: Pearl Harbor
What I miss most about the military: Being in charge of Marines
What I enjoyed most about the military: It provided for my family and job security
Number of tours: Over seas (4), Combat(2)
Years of service: 29 years 2 months

Tammy Whiteman

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Branch of service: U.S. Navy
Final rank / grade: ADAN (E-3)
Final duty station: NAS Oceana- VF-101
Job description: Aviation Machinist Mate- F-14 Fighter Jet Mechanic/Line Shack Plane Captain
Favorite port of call: Key West, FL
What I miss most about the military: Turning wrenches, the adrenaline of being on the flight line with the best fighter jet in the Navy, the smell of JP-5, COVERALLS! And last but not least all of my fellow Grim Reapers, especially the Line Rats who became my family and home away from home!
What I enjoyed most about the military: I absolutely loved my job, there is a rush that comes with knowing that someone else’s life is dependent on you and your ability to perform your job accurately. And of course I enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many amazing men and women who also made the decision to defend their country no matter the sacrifices it had cost them, and there were many.
Number of tours: 1
Years of service: 3
Relatives in the military: I come from a very strong military background. My grandfather was Navy, my father was a Marine, my aunt and two of my cousins were Army and another cousin was Air Force.

Gavin Johnson

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Branch of service: United States Air ForceUnited States Air Force
Final rank / grade: Senior Airman /E3
Final duty station: Spangdehlem, AFB Germany
Job description: Maintenance Scheduler / Alternate Squadron Debriefer: As a Maintenance Scheduler, I worked directly under the Squadron Commander, I was responsible for chairing the daily, monthly, and the quarterly meetings with all back shop department chiefs. Responsible for 26 F16 Fighter Jets, responsible for time change orders and various inspections, flight schedules, and various weapons and long distance fuel tank attachments. As a Alternate Squadron Debriefer : I was responsible for the first direct contact of all pilots once the Fighter Jet lands, recording various outcomes of the flights and mechanical functions of the jet.
Favorite port of call: Frankfurt, Germany
What I miss most about the military: The travel, and the experience, of living in a different country, learning new languages. I currently speak German, Spanish, Japanese, and English.
What I enjoyed most about the military: I enjoyed the organization, and the learning how to be a unit. I enjoyed meeting different people, and the enjoyment of learning new things in the military.
Number of tours: 1
Years of service: 3

Matthew Krueger

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Branch of service: Prior USMC/Current US Army Reservist
Final rank / grade: E5/Sergeant
Final duty station: Joint Base Charleston
Job description: Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear specialist (CBRN)
Favorite port of call: Okinawa, Japan
What I miss most about the military: The opportunity to visit and interact with Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers from different countries who have similar stories, interests, and hobbies.
What I enjoyed most about the military: The life-long friendships that are made and have continued throughout my military service.
Number of tours: 2
Years of service: 6
Relatives in the military: My grandfather served as a pilot in the US Navy during WWII.

Robin Hamilton

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Branch of service: U.S. AIR FORCE RES
Final rank / grade: SSGT E-5
Final duty station: Pittsburgh, PA
Job description: Apprentice Service Specialist
Favorite port of call: Dobbins AFB, Marietta, GA
What I miss most about the military: The strong friendships that we formed
What I enjoyed most about the military: Tech School
Number of tours: 1 (Afghanistan as a contractor
Years of service: 8

Bud Funk

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Branch of service: United States Marine Corps
Final rank / grade: SSGT
Final duty station: 1st Marine Division Camp Pendelton ca
Job description: Recruiter/operations chief field artillery battery
Favorite port of call: Far East Okinawa Japan Korea
What I miss most about the military: Espirit de Corps friendships still get GOOSEBUMPS when I hear natl anthem and the Marine Corps hymn ooooohhhhhhrrrrraaaaaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kelvin Lee

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Branch of service: USMC
Final rank / grade: E-5
Final duty station: Marine Aircraft Group 42- NAS Atlanta
Job description: Supply Chain Management, Base Operations and Maintenance Operation Funds.
Favorite port of call: Marine Corps Air Station Tustin, CA
What I miss most about the military: The training along side my fellow Marines
What I enjoyed most about the military: Wearing the uniform and the camaraderie
Number of tours: 2
Years of service: 10
Relatives in the military: My two uncles served during Vietnam and my daugther is currently in the Air Force.

Dale Oran

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Branch of service: UNITED STATES ARMY
Final rank / grade: SERGEANT (E-5)/ FIRE SUPPORT SERGEANT (13F20)
Final duty station: UNITED STATES ARMY RECRUITING COMMAND, SUFFOLK, VIRGINIA
Job description: FRONT LINE INTELLIGENCE, SMALL ARMS WEAPONS, TACTICAL MOVEMENTS, INDIRECT FIRE ASSETS, CLOSE AIR SUPPORT, COMBAT PATROLS, COVER/CONCEALMENT AND RECRUITING.
Favorite port of call: CAMP CASEY, SOUTH KOREA
What I miss most about the military: PROTECTING THE CITIZENS OF OUR GREAT NATION, COMRADERIE AMONG MY SOLDIERS
What I enjoyed most about the military: PUTTING MY LIFE ON THE LINE SO SOMEONE ELSE COULD STAY AT HOME.
Number of tours: 2
Years of service: 10
Relatives in the military: HENRY ORAN-GRANDFATHER (US ARMY, WWII), WILLIAM BEDGOOD-GRANDFATHER (US NAVY RET.), DALE H. ORAN-FATHER (US NAVY RET.), KATHRYN L. ORAN-STEPMOTHER (US NAVY RET.), JOHN TREW-GRANDFATHER (US NAVY RET.), BEN TREW-UNCLE (USMC RET.), BENJAMIN TREW-COUSIN (USMC), JASON POOL-COUSIN (US NAVY ACTIVE DUTY).

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