Soldier Salute: Saluting Men And Women In Uniform Sponsored By McRee Ford

William Archer - Army; PFC
William Archer - Army; PFC
My son William just graduated BASIC. I am proud of him for making the decision to serve and he carries on a long tradition of serving our country, my grandfather, my father, and myself have all stood where I he stands today I am so proud of you son, I wish you safe journeys where ever you may land. (Submitted by: Bill Archer)
Bradley Joyce - US ARMY; Specialist/E4
Bradley Joyce - US ARMY; Specialist/E4
2009 Klein High School Grad, joined the Army during his Sr. year of high school. Currently serving this great nation in Afghanistan. (Submitted by: Stephen Joyce)
Robert McKnight - US Navy; Petty Officer
Robert McKnight - US Navy; Petty Officer
Native Houstonian, 2004 graduate of Mayde Creek High School, currently stationed at North Island NAS, Coronado CA (Submitted by: Patsey McKnight)
William Cary - U. S. Marine Corp; E-3
William Cary - U. S. Marine Corp; E-3
William is a God fearing Christian and the oldest of 3 to a single mom. He is a hard worker, funny as all get out and has a huge, huge heart. Not just easy on the eyes :) but a beautiful young man on the inside, sincerely loved by many. I am incredibly honored not just to have him in my life and to be in his, but to be able to call him my son. (submitted by: Martcella Arroyo)
Kody Wall - Marines; Lance Corporal
Kody Wall - Marines; Lance Corporal
Kody is my younger brother who joined the Marines a couple days after graduation. He is married and has a new baby on the way! He found out that he will be deployed on August 20th (1 day before his birthday) for his first trip to Iraq! I am so proud of him he is my HERO!! (submitted by: Elizabeth Wall)
Javier Hernandez - Army; Private First Class
Javier Hernandez - Army; Private First Class
He is currently serving his first tour in Afghanistan. He is a very humble and caring person who believes in serving his county. (Submitted by: Sylvia Hernandez - Mom)
Todd Bolding - Marines; Lance Cpl.
Todd Bolding - Marines; Lance Cpl.
Todd was from Manvel, Texas and joined the Marines shortly after graduating from Alvin High School. He Had so much respect for family and friends. He died at the age of 23 dude to hostile fire in Iraq's Anbar Province. He was loved by so many and how I would do anything to bring him back home... he was like a brother to me. God Bless his family and all those who serve. (Submitted by: Rene)
christian Stubblefield - 3rd Marine division 37 MPCO; Lance Corpral
christian Stubblefield - 3rd Marine division 37 MPCO; Lance Corpral
2009 graduate of Dayton High School, Dayton Texas. Currently in Okinawa, Japan. (Submitted by: W. E. Stubblefield, father)
David Owen - Army; Sergeant first Class, E-7
David Owen - Army; Sergeant first Class, E-7
David has served more than 30 years in U.S military. Starting after graduation from Alief Hastings High School, and is still proudly serving. He has served a year in Iraq, and is now stationed in Little Rock, AR working with the Wounded Warrior Program, leaving his daughter and wife back in Houston. He loves serving his country and enjoys doing it. He has dedicated his life to protecting our nation. He is a true hero in his friends' and family's eyes. Love you Daddy. (Submitted by: Rebecca Owen)
David Thacker - Army; 1st Lieutenant
David Thacker - Army; 1st Lieutenant
My Grandson David Klye Thacker is stationed in Degau South Korea. He is in command of one of many logistic units making sure all of our men get the needed arms to continue to defend this wonderful United States of America. (Submitted by: Grandfather Bobby Cram)
Jacqueline Hess - US Air Force; SSgt (far right)
Jacqueline Hess - US Air Force; SSgt (far right)
SSgt Hess is a single mom of 5 year old twins, and has been an Air Force Medic for nearly 10 years. Last year she came off active duty orders so she could go full time to nursing school, and she currently serves in the Texas ANG part time, working for a reconnaissance squadron. She had to leave her children for nearly 8 months in 2009 to serve in Afghanistan, but she was proud to do it, and told me that she wished she could do more, which is why she intends on becoming a trauma nurse. I'm very proud of her! (Submitted by: Kasey Lee, friend)
Ruben Loredo - Marine; PFC
Ruben Loredo - Marine; PFC
My baby brother is a United States Marine and I would like to salute him. His name is Ruben Loredo, his rank is Private First Class. He just joined the Marines back in June. He is currently stationed in San Diego, California attending school of Infantry to become a Marine Recon. His family misses him so much so please, give a soldier salute to my baby brother, who is my biggest hero and I am so "Honored" to be his big sister! (Submitted by: Monica Loredo)
Frank Collin - Army; Captain
Frank Collin - Army; Captain
My fiance is on a peacekeeper mission for the UN in Nigeria. Their work is so very important for our safety and abroad. (Submitted by: Regenia Compton)
George Sanchez - Army; E4
George Sanchez - Army; E4
Currently serving in Iraq he's my hero - stationed in Washington and serving the 160th SOAR division. (Submitted by: Tammy Pyle)
Joseph Brechtel - United States Marine; Lance Corporal
Joseph Brechtel - United States Marine; Lance Corporal
Our son joined the Marines after graduating from High School. Completed boot camp at MCRD in California. He is currently stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. He has made our family Very Proud!! (Submitted by: Sam & Teresa Brechtel - parents)
Justin Legg - Navy Seal; LT
Justin Legg - Navy Seal; LT
Justin is a true american hero and should be an inspiration to anyone that thinks they have it tough. After graduating from the Naval Academy, Justin entered BUDS/Seal Training and his class 234 was featured on the Discovery Channel. Most men don't make it through once but Justin was rolled back because of a 24 hour virus and thus had start over again with 234. Justin served combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and several covert missions in other countries around the world. Now for overcoming adversity. Justin and his wife lost their home to Hurricane Katrina, Justin received a bone marrow transplant and beat Leukemia and make it back to active duty. To top it all off while getting back into shape for active duty he suffered a collapsed lung from a botched medical procedure. He has since received a double lung transplant and continues to inspire by completing a 1/2 marathon and climbing Denali. Justin is available to organizations for motivational speaking engagements and team building seminars. (Submitted by: Anthony Greco)
Rudy De Leon Jr - 25th Infantry; SSG/E-6
Rudy De Leon Jr - 25th Infantry; SSG/E-6
SSG Rudy De Leon Jr. US Army Retired 25th Infantry Divison-Houston, Texas 1997-2010. I am honored to salute my husband Rudy De Leon Jr. He served his country proudly and almost lost his life several times. He knew since an early age the army is where he wanted to be and make a career in it.straight out of high school he then joined the Army. He enjoyed his army life and was so proud to be where he was. He took pride in all he did. Rudy was given an early retirement, unfortunately due to several injuries consisting of head trauma, back injuries, and more. Rudy was hurt after a suicidal car bomb attempt. Rudy not only was injured but saved several of his men at the same time-he risked his life in order to save others. He was presented the purple heart along with numerous awards and certificates. He suffers daily with agonizing pains throughout his head and body but never gives up. He deals with so much mentally, emotionally and physically and never gives up taking care of his family and our needs. He is left with many fond memories of his army years along with life changing memories- but he will never forget that horrific day he was injured almost losing his life. But yet-left up to him he would do all over again if given the chance-He loves his country- He is an AMAZING & COURAGEOUS MAN. I am so proud to call him my husband & my TROOPER! We love you and so proud of you. from his wife & family YOURE OUR SOLDIER FOR LIFE! and MY WORLD! (Submitted by: Marizza De Leon - proud wife)
Alan Meadows - Army; PFC
Alan Meadows - Army; PFC
He is a brave hero, He's a father to be, newly wed, and an amazing big brother. (Submitted by: Catherine Fowler)
James Croft - Marines/Army; Staff SGT
James Croft - Marines/Army; Staff SGT
Staff SGT James Croft is an amazing man! He's served 2 tours in Iraq and now on his way to Africa. He spent 10 years in the Marines and now is in the Army. I love my fiance! Get 'em, babe!! (Submitted by: Sarah)
Brandon Smith - Army; Specialist E-4
Brandon Smith - Army; Specialist E-4
Smith was a devoted Son, friend since he was old enough to. He joined the Army about a year after he graduated took time off for himself and his friends before going. Unfortunately, he got a medical discharge NOT LONG AGO. However, did more than his part during his 4 years service. The picture of him and his fellow soldier best friend, Cory Shea, that got killed with several others. Smith and Shea were so tight, they agreed if anything should ever happen to Shea, Smith would take care of his family. So after his death, not to mention what it did to my son emotionally, he in fact did do as he requested. Last year even went to his grave site to put closure in his life and give him flowers. I am so proud of both my boys, who now you have honored on your site. Thank you for the opportunity to be able to show our respect, HONOR and the proud parent I am and always have been. (Submitted by: Navy brat, Army mama Dawn Smith Zajicek)
Marc Lopez - USMC; 1ST MARINE AIRCRAFT WING
Marc Lopez - USMC; 1ST MARINE AIRCRAFT WING
He's loyal and ever sense he was little he would always dream to become a United States Marine. (Submitted by: mom)
SSG Andrew Trevino - Army; E6
SSG Andrew Trevino - Army; E6
SSG Andrew Trevino is my loving husband who has served his country for almost 10yrs and is on his 3rd deployment in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. After graduating basic and AIT he was sent on his first deployment from Ft.Bliss..From there he served with the 101st Airborne at Ft. Campbell and made his 2nd deployment with them to Iraq. SSG Trevino served 2 years as a Drill Sgt at Ft. Benning were he trained soldiers and prepared them for the military. There he attended Airborne school and pathfinder school. He is an amazing Solider, husband and father to our two beautiful kids who miss him everyday. I am very proud of him and am honored to Salute him. Till they all come home! HOOAH!! (Submitted by: Michelle Trevino)
Thurman Puckett - Marines; Private
Thurman Puckett - Marines; Private
Currently training for the 0311 Infantry Rifleman MOS (Submitted by: ARROYO)
Andrew Beardem - army; e-4 specialist
Andrew Beardem - army; e-4 specialist
He has been in since 2005 and has had to miss many things. We got married in 2009 and we have a 22 month old he's only been able to be around him about 6 months and now there is a 4 month old he's never met! We would like to salute solider aka daddy we miss and love him so much!!! (Submitted by: Allison Bearden - his wife)
Jonathan Craig - Army; PVT
Jonathan Craig - Army; PVT
He is the most AMAZING son ever. (Submitted by: Susan Craig - his mom)
Mitchell Tindol - Marines; LCPL
Mitchell Tindol - Marines; LCPL
He has just finished a tour in Afghanistain. He was point man searching for I. A.D'.s. He is a very proud soilder, he loves his country! He is and awesome son, brother and uncle! He makes us all so proud!! And we are all so thankful that he gets to spend Christmas with his family this year! ( Submitted by: Brenda Tindol)
Randall Hutton - Navy; Aviation Technician Training
Randall Hutton - Navy; Aviation Technician Training
He is a hard worker, very kind to everyone he meets he is the middle child with an older and younger brother...he is completing his training to be an Aviation Technician. He is a wonderful son and Brother. (Submitted by: Diana Hutton / MOM)
Samuel Broughton - Army; SPC
Samuel Broughton - Army; SPC
Sam always wanted to serve his country. Enlisted in '07. He did one tour in Iraq and is currently serving overseas. Sam is my pride and joy (yes, this is mom writing, lol). Submitted by: Sandra Broughton, Proud Army Mom
Shane Zahn - Army; PFC
Shane Zahn - Army; PFC
He is currently deployed in Afghanistan and is my hero. I am proud to know him. (Submitted by: Ashley)
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Austin Boatwright - Lieutenant in the Navy
Austin Boatwright - Lieutenant in the Navy
Austin is serving in Kandahar, Afganistan finishing up his tour. Submitted by: Clay Garcia and Ashly Swaty - "We miss ya bud and can't wait for you to get home!"
Alexander Reyes - Sergeant, United States Army (ret)
Alexander Reyes - Sergeant, United States Army (ret)
Sergeant, United States Army (ret) Alexander enlisted in the US Army in 2005 and served in Baghdad, Iraq from June 2006 to March 2007. He served as a 240B machine gunner. While conducting a dismounted patrol, Alexander was injured by an IED and was sent to Brooke Army Medical Center for treatment for his wounds. He medically retired from the Army in Aug 2007. (Submitted by: Dan Vargas - BABA) bonus code: salute
Micheal Mathes - Sergent, Marine Corps
Micheal Mathes - Sergent, Marine Corps
He is a caring individual and loves to help people. When he is home he is an EMT, Police officer, and a Firefighter. He is from Waller, Tx. (Submitted by: Alana Bailey)
Jacob McLendon - E3, Navy
Jacob McLendon - E3, Navy
"This is my fiance and the most wonderful man I know!! He is strong and excelled all throughout the beginning, receiving expert on a number of things! He is amazing!" (Submitted by: Virginia Barnwell)
Colton Read - Senior Airman, United States Air Force
Colton Read - Senior Airman, United States Air Force
Colton has spent three years in the military performing intelligence missions that have directly resulted in the rescue of eight American citizens. Colton's job consisted of analyzing thousands of miles of imagery and annotating hundreds of images to help the coalition forces fight the war on terror. (Submitted by: BABA - Operation Finally Home)
Donny Daughenbaugh - Corporal, Marine Corps
Donny Daughenbaugh - Corporal, Marine Corps
On October 12, 2004, in Mahmoudiya, a city south of Baghdad, Donny was on a night foot patrol when a speeding vehicle opened fire on them with an AK-47. Donny was shot by his attackers with the bullet entering through his left cheekbone lodged between the base of his skull. Due to the location of the bullet, it was left in place by doctors because it's too risky to remove. Donny has made it his mission to raise awareness and reach as many wounded veterans as possible. His involvement has not only helped with his own recovery, but he has also inspired others to remain resilient in their recovery. (Submitted by: BABA - Operation Finally Home)
Alan Hornaday - Sergeant, United States Army
Alan Hornaday - Sergeant, United States Army
The AR 38th BCT arrived in Iraq in February 2004. By April, the brigade had already suffered multiple attacks and casualties. May 2004 Alan and one of his squads were manning Checkpoint 11 at the entrance of The Green Zone. While on patrol with his men, they checked ID's of pedestrians and those driving vehicles across the bridge into the Green Zone. Alan noticed a small taxi approaching and driving erratically. As it drew near, he could see that it was heavily laden with explosives and he immediately shouted for everyone to take cover. Alan shot the driver just as he detonated the bomb. The engine block from the car landed on Alan on alan's legs. he recieved medical attention and was transferred to Brook Army Medical Center Burn unit in San Antonio where he worked on his recovery for 22 months. He is now retired from the Army with his injuries and to this day misses the military and the men who became closer then family during the times they served together. (Submitted by: BABA - Operation Finally Home)
Hugo Gonzalez - Specialist, United States Army
Hugo Gonzalez - Specialist, United States Army
June 21, 2004 while on patrol in Iraq, Hugo Gonzalez and his unit were ambushed and hit by an IED. At the time, Hugo was the gunner in a non-armored vehicle. He suffered a brain injury, the loss of his right eye and shrapnel in his left eye leaving him with permanent blurred vision and wounds over 80% of his body. He currently lives with his wife and his three daughters. Today more than ever, Hugo counts on the values he learned in the Army to give him strength and determination to succeed in life. (Submitted by: BABA - Operation Finally home)
Johnny Wilson - Sergeant, United States Army (ret)
Johnny Wilson - Sergeant, United States Army (ret)
Johnny was deployed for his first otur in Iraq in June 2004. He was injured and came home to recover. He returned for his second deployment in December of 2004 to Taji, Iraq. He currently resides in Texas with his family and attends college. He suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and has since retired from the Army. (Submitted by: BABA - Operation Finally home)
Christopher LeBleu - Corporal, Marine Corps
Christopher LeBleu - Corporal, Marine Corps
Chris joined the Marines in 2003. He served in OIF II with the 3rd Battalion 7th Marines. After his battle in Iraq, he safely returned home and got married. On August 13, 2007, not too long after his return from Iraq and his new marriage, he passed away with complications from acute liver failure. (Submitted by: BABA - Operation Finally home)
Toby "Levi" Wilson - Sergeant, United States Army
Toby "Levi" Wilson - Sergeant, United States Army
Levi was deployed to Iraq in January 2007 after being with the 2nd Brigade / 25th Infantry Division for only four months. His platoon was clearing the roads of enemy threats and IED's when he was struck by a deep buried IED. Approximately 9 soldiers, including Levi were injured, one was killed and several years later, one is still in a coma. After the explosion the unit was ambushed and medics were unable to get to them as they lie injured. Once rescued, he recovered from his broken back, jaw, ankle at Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio. While in the hospital, he earned his Bachelor's Degree and now currently pursing a career in criminal justice. (Submitted by: BABA - Operation Finally home)
Steven Schulz - Lance Corporal, Marine Corps
Steven Schulz - Lance Corporal, Marine Corps
Steven was five months into his second tour in Iraq when he was seriously injured outside of Fallujahin April of 2005. His HUMVEE encountered a IED placed by insurgents and he was seriously wounded. Schrapnel entered his brain around his right eye. With the actions of his fellow Marines and Navy Corpsman, he survived the attack. (Submitted by BABA Operation Finally Home)
T. Erasmo Valles - 1st Lt, United States Marine Corp
T. Erasmo Valles - 1st Lt, United States Marine Corp
On March 31, 2004 Erasmo's HUMVEE hit an anti-tank mine which caused him to obtain life threatening injuries and the loss of his left leg. After 22 years, he's left the marine corp to start graduate school in the field of Justice Policy. (Submitted by: BABA - Operation Finally Home)
David Worswick - SSgt, Marine Corps (ret)
David Worswick - SSgt, Marine Corps (ret)
David was on a mission in Assadbad, Afghanistan to confront insurgents that have attacked his post. While in route, David's convoy was ambushed and his vehicle was hit by a road side bomb. The impact left David seriously injured and he still managed to assist one of his fellow marines to stay alive during combat. David was medically retired with numerous spinal injuries and PTSD. (Submitted by: BABA - Operation Finally Home)
Jorge DeLeon - Sergeant, United States Army
Jorge DeLeon - Sergeant, United States Army
Jorge joined the Army in 2011 after eight years on the police force in Puerto Rico. On his 4th deployment to Afghanistan, Jorge and his unit were on the way back to camp, their HUMVEE ran over an anti-tank mine. Having taken the full brunt of the mine, Jorge was the only one injured in the explosion. He lost his right leg immediately in the explosion and his left leg was severely injured. After his long recovery, he returned to law enforcement and worked for the Department Of Defense. Since his recovery, Jorge has raised awareness and inspired other wounded veterans to remain hopeful, even in times of extreme distress and isolation. Jorge's story is one of perseverance that can be a model for those going through similar situations. (Submitted by: BABA - Operation Finally Home)
Lee Kendrick - Specialist, Army Infantry
Lee Kendrick - Specialist, Army Infantry
He joined to be a part of a noble cause to protect his country and those he loved. He contracted a deadly parasite in his lungs and was life-flighted to Walter Reed Medical Center in April of 2010 at the age of 19. We almost lost him, but were fortunate that he survived. Now at the age of almost 21 he still believes what the Military stands for and we are all so proud of him. (Submitted by: Melissa Bennett, Mother)
Jeff Singleton - 101, Army
Jeff Singleton - 101, Army
"He is a great guy and thanksfor servering for all of us we love and miss u come home safe" (Submitted by: The Starks, Terri Grambling and Underwoods)
Matthew Womack - E3, United States Air Force
Matthew Womack - E3, United States Air Force
Matt graduated from Alvin High School in 2007 and Alvin Community College Law Enforcement Academy in 2008. He completed his Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, in February and recently completed his Technical Training at Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls TX. Matt has always taken pride in providing service through 4-H and the opportunities that he had to assist in the community while employed at the police department. Matt is honored and excited to begin his service in the United States Air Force at Travis AFB, California. His family is very proud of him and would like say, thank you to Matt, and all other service members for their service to our country! (Submitted by: Tristan Womack, mom)
Travis Grohman - Airman 1st Class (E3), United States Air Force
Travis Grohman - Airman 1st Class (E3), United States Air Force
Travis graduated from Sealy High School in 2007 and attended Blinn College and Stephen F. Austin State University. He completed his Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas in March and recently completed his Technical Training at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas. He is currently stationed at Langley AFB in Virginia where he is a part of the Fuels/POL team. Travis has always felt a calling to serve his country and is honored and excited about being a part of the United States Air Force and looking forward to his career. His family is very proud and honored of the sacrifice that he has made. We would like to thank him and all the other service members for their sacrifice they have made in protecting our freedoms and our country. (Submitted by: J'Nell Grohman - mom)
Adam Bozant - C5, US NAVY
Adam Bozant - C5, US NAVY
He is a very proud sailor. Since he joined in September of 2006 he has done all that has been required and then some. On his last deployment to Persian Gulf there was a problem with his sustem and the part was to be waiting in Bahrain needed to be fixed asap and while everyone else enjoyed a much deserved liberty he stayed on board his destroyer and found the problem fixed it and they where on schedule when it was time to leave. He is in fire control onboard the USS Benfold and our whole family is very proud of him. He was raised in Katy, Texas, 2003 graduate of Katy High School. (Submitted by: Debbie Bozant)
Joshua Hakemack - PFC, Army
Joshua Hakemack - PFC, Army
From Waller currently serving in Afghanistan..Picture taken on first day of R&R (Submitted by: Erin Hakemack)
Victoria Palin - PV2 (Private), U.S.ARMY
Victoria Palin - PV2 (Private), U.S.ARMY
By her junior year in high school, tori expressed her desire to serve her country. She immediately began researching her options with the different military services. In October of 2009, Tori committed to the U.S. ARMY through the Delayed Entry Program. (Submitted by: Mom, Dad, Jordan, Shawn and Josh)
Tracy Dexter - Lieutenant Colonel, 1st Army Rank
Tracy Dexter - Lieutenant Colonel, 1st Army Rank
Still serving proudly after 21 years (Submitted by: Melinda Dexter)
Matthew Hubbard - 1st Lieutenant ; Army, 44th CBRN Company, Fort Hood
Matthew Hubbard - 1st Lieutenant ; Army, 44th CBRN Company, Fort Hood
Native Houstonian; Eagle Scout; 2005 Graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball; 2009 graduate of Northeastern University in Boston (with honors); Newlywed (Sept 18); Currently deployed with his unit in Kuwait. while his wife Rachel waits for him here in Houston (she works at Stewart and Stevenson). Submitted by: Victoria Hubbard (Matt's Mom)
Nick Burns - SPC, Army
Nick Burns - SPC, Army
He is a 12B Combat Engineer (Submitted by: Nick Burns)
Michael Smith - Specialist, TX Army National
Michael Smith - Specialist, TX Army National
He has 2 combat tours, 4 years in the marines, 1 tour in Fallujah, 1 tour in Baghdad, and the father of his 5 year old son. (Submitted by: Michael)
John-Michael Gallogly - 1LT, Army
John-Michael Gallogly - 1LT, Army
1LT Gallogly is currenly serving in the US Army in Afghanistan. He is a native of The Woodlands, TX, a 2005 graduate of The Woodlands High School and a 2009 graduate of the United States Military Academy. He is looking forward to his wedding with his high school sweetheart, Kristin Altena, upon his redeployment from Operation Enduring Freedom. (Submitted by JM)
Dustin Delsi - SGT; Military Police, Army
Dustin Delsi - SGT; Military Police, Army
"Dustin is my son, he was in Germany for 4 years, he served in Iraq, and now in Kileen and on his 5th year. He is 23yrs old and I am a very proud Momma." (Submitted by Angela Delsi)
Stefan Eggermont - Corporal, Army
Stefan Eggermont - Corporal, Army
"This is my husband, stefan, he is deployed in afghanistan right now, but I just wanted to say he is my hero and I love him and I am so proud of him and the things he has accomplished." (Submitted by Alicia Eggermont)
Blake Baskin - CPL; Army
Blake Baskin - CPL; Army
"Blake quit school at age 17 asking to obtain his GED and join the army as his brother had a few months prior. Hesitation yet knew he would eventually I let him he KICKED BUTT on his GED then his Army test and did his 4 yrs and reenlisted is presently in Kandahar, Afghanistan for the next year. Received Soldier of the month in his unit and movin up the chain FAST. CPL BASKIN your my hero!" (Submitted by: Dawn Smith Zajicek)
Brian Garland - Master Sergeant; 2D MLG FWD, HQSVC
Brian Garland - Master Sergeant; 2D MLG FWD, HQSVC
20 years of dedication to the Corps and he's still motivated to serve! He is currently at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan and waiting to see his son who he hasn't seen since he was two months old and he will be 9 months in September what he returns. We love him and miss him very much and would thank all the service men and women overseas and pray for their safe return! (submitted by: His loving wife and Baby Nico)
Hayli Cingle - Specialist; Army
Hayli Cingle - Specialist; Army
Hayli Jo Cingle is my awesome, 22 yr. old Daughter. She earned a Scholarship to University of Evansville College. She could have breezed right through with no worries. However 1 week after entering college, she informed us that she had a calling to join our military, stemming from the events of Sept. 11. She is a 4th year college Student, member of 2 sororities, a Christian, and is Serving our Great Country. We are so very proud of this Soldier, Daughter, Student, Friend. We love you Hayli Jo! (submitted by: Traci Cingle in Henderson, KY - she is listening to KILT via AOL radio)
Blake Baskin - Army; Cpl
Blake Baskin - Army; Cpl
Cpl Baskin was born May 12, 1989 from that day forward he always worked hard to achieve what he was working towards. He crawled at a very early age walked at a even earlier age ran before I know what was happening and began school with the attitude one day he would be something amazing and do something special. He has always loved helping people. Once we were driving down a major road and there was a McDonalds and he asked if he could have two cheeseburgers. Even with us running late for our meeting I pulled into the drive-thru and got him his burgers. As we pulled out into the street we were caught by the red light I looked over before I knew it he had jumped out of the car and gave one of his cheese burgers to a homeless man standing in the median holding a sign asking for help he was a vet and injured unable to work. He was only 7 at the time. Tears filled my eyes with such PRIDE that my son was so loving and caring for the unfortunate. Jumping ahead to High School he hated it, was always a struggle to get him up out of bed and to school - a fight every day until he turned 17. His brother had just graduated from High School and joined the United States Army as he was the Grandson of a Retired Lieutenant Commander who served 25 yrs and traveled many places so the military was in his blood. On or around his 17th birthday he came to me and in such an adult voice asked Mama I really would like to quit school obtain my GED and join the United States Army. Knowing how much I too hated school yet fought my way through to the end know it was not something that Cpl Baskin was going to do therefore I hesitantly agreed and signed away. One important part of this story is that Cpl Baskin grew up fast due to the many abusive relationships his mother had endured over the years and knew how NOT to treat the ones that you love. So with tears flowing down my face and a tight grip around his neck I gave him one last baby hug he was going to be coming home a MAN not just a MAN but a Soldier that wants to put his life on the line for his country and what he believes in. He helps his mother out every month and worries about her as much as he does keeping himself safe at war. You see, Cpl Baskins mother suffers from Severe Bipolar, Anorexia, Bulemia, PTSD from years and years of abuse mental physical and emotional. He has won a few awards and is currently deployed in Afghanistan on his second tour. He is planning a trip to Miami Florida during his tour break in August and is in fact paying the way for several of his fellow soldiers aka friends allowing them to be able to join in as they to have become a part of his family and Cpl Baskin will tell you FAMILY COMES BEFORE ANYTHING. So Cpl Baskin, Blake Andrew I want to say thank you for being the person you have become the MAN you are growing to be and the dedication to all you care about most importantly your family and close friends. So I Dawn Kimberly Smith Zajicek am PROUD to say I am the Mother of not one but two heros that served and still serving for our great country and what we believe in. Hooah. (Submitted by: Dawn K Zajicek)
Erik Moore - Army; Staff Seargent
Erik Moore - Army; Staff Seargent
Erik is a 2000 graduate of Cy-Fair High School he joined the Army directly after high school. He is currently on his 3rd tour in Iraq. He has 3 beautiful daughters, with one just being 6 weeks old. He just left for his 3rd tour. His dad and I are so proud of him. God Bless America and all the men and women of the military! (submitted by: Tamara Moore - Proud Army Mom)
Kristie Spielhagen - Army; 2nd LT.
Kristie Spielhagen - Army; 2nd LT.
She is my daughter, and one i am so very proud of (submitted by: Mom)
Samuel Broughton - Army; SPC
Samuel Broughton - Army; SPC
Enlisted in '07. DId one tour in Iraq. On the way to Korea, now. Samuel's MOS is a 13 mike. MLRS operator. (Submitted by: Sandra Broughton -Proud army mom)
Shellbie Cody - Marines; PFC
Shellbie Cody - Marines; PFC
She is an extraordinary girl who loves what she's doing even though she's just begun. She has a hard time being away from home but I think she's doing okay. She's my best friend and I miss her but im so proud of her for what she's doing and i hope she keeps on keeping on :) (submitted by: KaSahra Hester)
James & Tracy Tipton - Navy & Navy Veteran; E-5 & E-4
James & Tracy Tipton - Navy & Navy Veteran; E-5 & E-4
James is an AO2 and has worked with many people. He builds bombs and loads them on air crafts. He was stationed in CA and is now in Tx as a recruiter. He is getting re-stationed to Virginia in dec with his wife (Navy Veteran) and three kids. Tracy Tipton is Prior Navy and was a BM3 which made sure the ship was ready to go underway. She was stationed in Virginia and got out to take care of there kids. She is now a navy veteran and proud support of her husband AO2 Tipton. (Submitted by: Judy Henderson Proud mother and mother in law of Tracy and James Tipton)
SFC Terry Rancher and SPC Shelby Rancher; Army
SFC Terry Rancher and SPC Shelby Rancher; Army
I salute both my soldiers. My husband, SFC Terry Rancher, is currently preparing for retirement after 20 yrs active duty. My daughter, SPC Shelby Rancher, who is currently stationed at Ft Lewis Washington working as a Radiology Tech. As one is ending their career as an active duty soldier the other one is just beginning. I hope the Army brings my daughter, SPC Shelby Rancher, as much joy and adventure as it has brought her father and I. A Salute to them both from a proud Army Wife and a proud Army Mom. (Submitted by: Vicki Rancher)
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