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Veteran for Life

Veterans for Life

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 honor their service and countless sacrifices while serving our great Nation. Click on the photo below to open an interactive PDF. Lean more about these 30 Veterans by clicking on each photo to read their biographies. Keep Reading

Veteran for Life

Veteran for Life:
Marian Phyllis Blackburn

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 held many additional duties.  I was an E1 to an E5 for five years, which included my unit work in Nebraska as a supply specialist, an administrative specialist and supporting an Army Reserve school in Colorado and performing recruiting duty in Western Nebraska. In 1986, I attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning and received my commission as an officer. In 1987, I received my… Keep Reading

Veteran for Life

Veteran for Life:
Nicole Stoskopf

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 Force officer and I grew up on military bases most of my life. Once he retired, I missed the military life and decided that one day I would join myself. I joined the Air Force in 2013 to follow in my dad’s footsteps and fulfill my urge to serve. I am an aviation resource manager and work with the C-130s and aircrew, and provide support… Keep Reading

Veteran for Life

Veteran for Life:
Jonathan Saunders

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 for more than 60 U.S. squadrons and 34 UN organizations. I traveled from Lackland AFB  in Texas to Shaw AFB in South Carolina; from Korea’s Osan AB to Germany’s Spangdahlem AB; from Italy’s Aviano AB to Portugal’s Lajes Field. I introduced more than 2,000 new Airmen on their journey at their first duty station at Aviano AB. I had the privilege to travel more than… Keep Reading

Veteran for Life

Veteran for Life:
Phillip Provan

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 in the military (grandfather, WWI; father, WWII; myself, Vietnam; son-in-law, Iraq). I served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1966-1970. I understood our mission. It was to provide protection for our ground troops in Vietnam. I was stationed at Thailand’s U-Tapao Airfield where I loaded 500 to 700 pound bombs on B-52s. Each B52 could carry 108—or 500 pounds of—bombs. We worked… Keep Reading

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