Veteran for Life

Veterans for Life

By Lisa Moak / November 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

The fact is, 11.6% (3,381) of Exchange Associates are Veterans of the Armed Forces. Some work side-by-side with you every day and you may not even know it. On this very significant Veterans Day in Exchange history, we wanted to shine a spotlight on 30 associates who have worn or still wear the uniform, and…

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Veteran for Life:
Marian Phyllis Blackburn

By Mario Baltierra / November 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

U.S. Army Reserves 1982-1993 Supply Specialist/Administrative Specialist/Quartermaster Officer To this day as I serve the best customers in the world, as I have for 24 years, I have troops from that era, most retired now, say they remember me from Desert Shield-Storm. I proudly served in the Army Reserves, working in various ranks and positions. I…

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Veteran for Life:
Nicole Stoskopf

By Mario Baltierra / November 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

U.S. Air Force 2013-Present Aviation Resource Manager My Air Force career has been a great experience so far, and I am looking forward to many more years to come. I enjoy serving and will continue to serve until retirement. The only regret I have is that I didn’t join sooner! My dad was an Air…

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Veteran for Life:
Jonathan Saunders

By Mario Baltierra / November 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

U.S. Air Force 1992-2015 Vehicle Operator/Career Assistance Advisor I worked for AAFES six years while active and continue to provide support to those who serve our country. I served in the United States Air Force for a little more than 23 years. I served as a vehicle operator and career assistance advisor. I provided logistical support…

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Veteran for Life:
Phillip Provan

By Mario Baltierra / November 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

U.S. Air Force 1966-1970 Weapons Mechanic I am the third generation of four generations of family serving in the military (grandfather, WWI; father, WWII; myself, Vietnam; son-in-law, Iraq). I am proud of the opportunity to serve and protect my country in time of war. I am the third generation of four generations of family serving…

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Veteran for Life:
Bobby Rushing

By Mario Baltierra / November 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

U.S. Marine Corps 1986-1991 Combat Engineer When it gets tough, you just have to push through and keep going. I began my military career in December 1986 as I left for Marine Corps boot camp. I would not forget this experience. In high school, I had been in Marine Corps ROTC, so I had some…

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Veteran for Life:
Mike Smietana

By Mario Baltierra / November 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

U.S. Air Force 1982 – 2008 Civil Engineer The icing on the cake is my second career with AAFES. I still work with AF and Army installation engineers. Building and renovating AAFES facilities for the future for the best customers in the world! My time is service was pretty awesome: I was an Air Force…

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Veteran for Life:
Carmen Bigas Burdoy

By Mario Baltierra / November 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

U.S. Air Force 2010-2016 Security Forces Serving for the Unites States Military was the best decision I have ever made in my life. I am proud to be part of the USA. I had to stay within the community, so as a veteran now, I still serve veterans! Working with the Exchange allows me, and…

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Veteran for Life:
Mark Matthews

By Mario Baltierra / November 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

U.S. Army 2004-2011 Public Affairs Specialist/Journalist In 2011, I was assigned to the Exchange HQ and was welcomed with open arms. It was a much different assignment than any that had come before, but no less rewarding. Continuing to serve has been and remains part of who I am. I enlisted in the Army in…

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Veteran for Life:
Orlando Oliver

By Mario Baltierra / November 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

U.S. Coast Guard 1981-2011 Contract Specialist My military career was amazing for me; it transformed my life into a magical experience. My military career was amazing for me, transforming my life into a magical experience. The journey started in 1981 stationed in Alaska doing whale patrol, aboard one of our Coast Guard ships saving whales…

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