Here is a picture of me in Vietnam.
I served as a Communication Sergeant E-5 with the 18th Engineering Brigade, 45th Group in DaNang and Phu Bai 1967-68.
Boca Raton High SchoolMy Name is Michelle Halleran. I went into the USN under their Delayed Entry Program (I was a senior in high school) in February 1994. I was sent to active duty status in the USNR in June 1994 upon graduation from high school. I went to basic training at NTC Orlando; then I was sent to NTC San Diego for school to be trained as a Mess Management Specialist (basically a cook). My first duty station was at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia (1994-1996). I was transferred to the Naval Sub Base in Groton, Connecticut and served on two dry docks there before I was released from active duty status as a Petty Officer Third Class (E-4 pay grade) in December 1998. Serving my country was one of the best experiences of my life.
SSG Jimmy L. Peterkin, Jr., MBA
U.S. Army Adjutant General’s Corps
Thirteen year of military service in the US Army Adjutant General’s Corps to include Combat War Veteran in support of Persian Gulf War 1990-1991-Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Department of Communications and Engagement
U.S. Army - Corporal E4
Steven Allen, U.S. Army
Palm Beach Central High School
Veteran: Joanne Przybylowicz
U.S. Army 1987-1992
Total Service time: 3/1987 - 3/1992
My highest rank was Specialist 4
Combat War Veteran- Persian Gulf War 1990-1991
I joined the US Army Reserves and went to basic training and my first AIT (Psychiatric Specialist - MOS 91F) in March 1987.
A year later in March 1988, I went to Active Duty Army and attended AIT for Power Generation Equipment Repairer (MOS - 52D).
I served on active duty with the US Army as a Power Generation Equipment Repairer from March 1988 - March 1992. For the first two years, I was stationed in Mannheim, Germany with the 272nd MP Company. I was the first female mechanic the Military Police unit had ever had. From June 1990 to March 1992 I was assigned to HHC 1st Cavalry Division in Ft. Hood, Texas. I Served in Combat during the Persian Gulf War (Desert Shield / Desert Storm) from September 1990 to April 1991. On August 2nd, 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded the country of Kuwait in the Persian Gulf. My unit went on alert and on September 4, 1990, and I left for the Middle East as part of the First Cavalry Division’s advance party. I returned to the states on April 17, 1991, and spent the rest of my time at Fort Hood.
I used the Army college fund that I earned to attend college.
Glen Dave, U.S. Army
Osceola Creek Middle School
Serving my country was truly an honor, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Cholee Lake Elementary School Resource Officer
U.S. Army Specialist
Corporal James Yaques, U.S. Marines
Palm Beach Central High SchoolI served my country for eight years. I have fought in two minor conflicts and two major wars, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I have traveled around the world twice. I have had many different jobs in the military: truck driver, mechanic, generator mechanic, and infantryman. I have trained with military people from many different countries: Spain, Africa, Germany, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, South Korea, Japan, China, Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and more. And with some elite forces also. I have had a chance to fellowship with people of different nationalities and learn about the many different cultures worldwide.
Joining the U.S. Marines Corp was one of the best decisions that I have made. I am happy that I served my country; it helped me grow as a human being and better understand people worldwide. It made me appreciate what freedoms we have in the United States.
Master Sergeant Lawrence Patterson
U.S. Marine Corps - 20.5 years
Mission Support - U.S. Air Force
1997 August 30 - 2000 October 07
Highest Rank - E3 - Senior Airman
U.S. Army - 3 years
U.S. Navy - 3 years
Suncoast High School
Master Sergeant Patrick Barber
U.S. Marine Corps
21 years active service
Commander Stephen Reid
U.S. Navy (Ret.) 1988 -2014
IB DP History Teacher at Suncoast High SchoolNicole Smith
Serving in the Army was a confidence building experience. The Army allowed me the opportunity to build skills and assume responsibilities I thought impossible at 21. From becoming proficient in a foreign language to rappelling down cliffs to providing intelligence summaries to the NSA and FBI, I was challenged and trusted to rise to those challenges. I don't know that I could have experienced the same anywhere else. (Plus, I met my husband of 28 years in the Army, so that's another great takeaway.)
Congress Middle School
I was a police officer in the Air Force from 1994-98. It was my job to provide protection for our assets and personnel. I spent time in Haiti (1994), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1995 and 1997), Germany, Ireland and numerous spots in the United States. I was also chosen for a special duty post providing security for Air Force One during President Clinton's term.
U.S. Army - 9years
Dorothy Rose Smith
Manatee Elementary School
U.S. Marine Corp - Corporal E4
U.S. Navy BM3 - 3years
U.S. Navy - 2 years
U.S. Air Force - Staff Sergeant