The Royals salute a member of the military at games throughout the 2017 season.
Active duty and retired members of the United States Armed Forces are provided with complimentary tickets in the Budweiser seats on the first base side and recognized with a special in-game tribute.
Master Sergeant Lonnie Bass has served 14 years in the United States Air National Guard. Currently enlisted as the Structures Superintendent at the 190th Air Refueling Wing at Forbes Field in Topeka, he specializes in Project Management, construction, and maintenance for all base structures. The recipient of numerous awards such as the Air Force Commendation Medal, Master Sergeant Bass has deployed several times in support of missions including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn, as well as many humanitarian missions.
Sergeant Gary Walker served in the United States Air Force for seven years, specializing in Security Forces and Office of Special Investigations. While serving in West Germany, he worked Security, Law Enforcement, and Undercover Drugs, during which he was injured and subsequently has had 13 back surgeries. The highly decorated Cold War veteran has received many awards including the Air Force Commendation Medal and Air Force Achievement Medal.
Sergeant Nick Sanford served in the United States Army for nine years. Originally a Field Artilleryman for the Multiple Launch Rocket System, he deployed twice to Iraq in support of various units providing combat support. The decorated veteran is now 100% disabled and volunteers with Warriors' Ascent.
Medic Chris Wolfenbarger joined the National Guard in 2006 as a medic. One of only seven medics deployed with the 1141st Engineer Company in 2009 whose mission was route clearance, Medic Wolfenbarger had to treat fellow soldiers who were victims of I-E-Ds, often while under fire. Recognized many times by the Army for his service, he received the Combat Medic Badge for treating wounded while engaging with the enemy.
Now medically retired for injuries sustained in combat, he now serves on the board for The Foundation for Exceptional Warriors.
Chief Warrant Officer David Johnson served in the United States Army for thirty-three years as a medevac pilot with nearly 1000 hours of combat flight and over 8,000 hours of accident free flying. Serving in Cambodia and VietNam. he would fly into dangerous areas picking up injured troops and civilians, including one event where he carried 28 wounded out of Cambodia on a plane that only seated 13. The Distinguished Flying Cross Recipient finished up his career in the military by educating helicopter pilots and crew in the Army.
Lieutenant Colonel Tery Donelson has served in the United States for twenty-six years specializing in satellite command and control. During his service he served in Albania on a joint task force for humanitarian assistance for Kosove refugees and deployed to Shemya Island to monitor soviet ballistic missile tests and destruction during nuclear forces reduction. The decorated veteran also served as an Air Force honor guard at Arlington Cemetery, and currently spends times helping other veterans through charities and fundraisers.
Major Michael Mullins serves as the Operations Officer for Combat Logistics Regiment 4 in Kansas City, Missouri. Deployed multiple times, he served as the Field Train Commander during the March to Baghdad, and has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Throughout his service, he has received multiple awards including the Marine Corps Commendation Medal twice, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Bronze Star. After twenty-five years of service, Major Mullins will retire in July.
Major William Richardson has served in the Army as a Field Artillery Officer since 2000. Deployed three times in combat missions to Iraq, he served in numerous roles including Platoon Leader, Battalion Logistics Officer, and as an advisor for the Military Transition Team, training a 3000-man Iraqi Infantry Brigade. The decorated combat veteran has been awarded two Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service Medals and many others. Currently at Fort Leavenworth, he is serving as a Fires Observer Controller and Trainer in the Mission Command Training program.
A twenty-one year veteran of the United States Army, Staff Sergeant Shane Zavodny specialized in security missions and served on multiple deployments. On September 13, 2011, while in Afghanistan, Staff Sergeant Zavodny was injured by Indirect Fire blast that caused the vehicle he was in to roll down the side of a mountain. Sustaining major injuries including a severe concussion, broken ribs, and compressed disks in his cervical spinal area, he endured months of treatments and surgeries. The recipient of many awards including the Purple Heart and Military Service Medal, medically retired in 2014.
Petty Officer Second Class Dean McConville served in the United States Navy for eight years. His service culminated with an assignment on the Aircraft Carrier USS Enterprise, where he was an Electrician's Mate in Damage Control, and eventually the Lead Electrician on the Nuclear Firefighting Team. With tours in the Western Pacific and Grenada, he has received the Navy Achievement Medal and recognition for Meritorious Service for actions while responding to an on-board fire.
Gunnery Sergeant William Murphy served in the United States Marine Corps for eleven years. A Communication Chief specializing in vehicle recovery, he deployed six times, including a trip to Iraq in 2006. While there, he was hit by an IED that caused sand to get in his eyes, leaving him legally blind. Now medically retired, he is a peer mentor for other veterans in Kansas City, and today is joined by his service dog, Titan.
Colonel Tony Hofmann served active duty in the United States Army for twenty-six years, including combat tours in Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. His service culminated with the command of the US Army Corps of Engineers' Kansas District where he lead a team of 900 personnel with the mission of executing a $1 billion program in civil works, military, and environmental projects across the region and nation. Throughout his service, Colonel Hofmann received many awards including the Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Stars, and 5 Meritorious Service Medals.
Staff Sergeant Sidney Malone served in the United States Army for nine years specializing in infantry, explosive ordinate disposal, and computer repair. Deployed into the Lebanon conflict, he is the recipient of the Expert Infantryman, Senior Parachutist, and Explosive Ordinate Disposal Badges. Working for the federal government, he retired after 29 years of service and now serves as the Commander of Wayne Minor Post 149 and as Service Officer for the 5th District American Legion.
Colonel Charles Johnson proudly served his country during World War II, serving active duty in the European theater. After over thirty years of distinguished service, Colonel Johnson retired from the military. After the war, he became a commissioned active duty officer stationed in Germany where he received commendation for his work with the German civilian and American military personnel rebuilding the German republic. Finishing his career as an ordnance officer, Colonel Johnson received two Army Commendation Medals for his meritorious service.
Sergeant Johnny Neal served as an infantryman for 17 years with the United States Army. During his service, Sergeant Neal served two and a half years in South Korea with the United Nations Command in addition to deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, Sinai Egypt, Cuba, Afghanistan and Iraq. While conducting a raid in Southern Baghdad, Sergeant Neal was wounded in an I.E.D. blast and subsequently medically retired due to the injuries sustained. The decorated veteran has been awarded the Bronze Star of Valor, The Purple Heart Medal, and 5 Army Commendation and Army Achievements Medals.
Sergeant Jeremey Gile has served in the Army as a Communications Specialist since March of 2010. Deployed twice to Afghanistan and Iraq, his platoon was in charge of setting up all communication equipment ensuring everything was ready for the arrival of the remainder of his battalion. The army veteran received the Army Achievement Medal in 2016 and will soon be stationed in Alaska.
Petty Officer Laura Albate has served in the Navy as a Naval Air-Crewman since 2007. From 2009-2011 she served on the 5th fleet where she tracked enemy subs, conducted surveillance, intelligence and reconnaissance missions for operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Throughout her service, she has received multiple awards including two Navy Achievement Medals, and an Air Medal for 250+ hours of flight time in direct combat support. Petty Officer Albate currently manages Woodson Hill Equestrian Center's boarding facility where she is developing a non-profit horse assisted therapy program called Mending Reins, for Veterans and First-Responders with PTS.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ross Haselhorst has served 17 years in the United States Army as a UHT60 Blackhawk Pilot. He has completed 5 deployments, participating in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Recently Chief Warrant Officer Haselhorst accepted a position at WAATS in Arizona as an Instructor Pilot and will relocate there in June.
Corporal Martin Murphy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August, 1943. Volunteering for the 5th Tank Battalion with the 5th Marine Division, he was in the first tank that successfully landed on Iwo Jima in February, 1945. A Tank Crewman and Radio operator, he participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima until March 16, clearing the path to allow for US movement throughout the historical battle. Remaining in Japan during the occupation, "Murph" was honorably discharged in 1946 and honored with several medals for his exemplary service to our country.
Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Larry Tentinger is a battle-tested combat veteran, serving with the Army in Vietnam, the Navy during Desert Storm, and three tours in Iraq with the Marines Corps as a field corpsman embedded with infantry battalions. Highly decorated with the Combat Medic Badge, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a Star, and the Purple Heart, he was also named the "Best of the Best" for his actions while facing the enemy in Iraq in 2003.
Third Class Petty Officer Robert Angotti was recruited out of high school by the United States Navy for training as a combat air crewman. A flight engineer and plane captain for PBY aircraft until the end of World War II, he continued serving in the reserves but re-enlisted for active duty in 1950 when the United Nations dispatch troops to North Korea for the war. Deployed to Sasebo, Japan with the Navy as a Gunner's Mate 3rd Class, he trained and supervised personnel in the handling and stowage of ammunition and missiles for the millions of tons of supplies that flowed through the United States Naval Base.
First Lieutenant Clifford Mathis served in the United States Army for eighteen years. He proudly served in World War II from 1940-1946, constructing buildings, rebuilding ports and laying gasoline pipes in France, purifying water, and setting up a MASH unit in Corsica. For his war efforts, "Cliff" received a letter of Commendation from General Eisenhower and a Bronze Star for helping to complete the building of a bridge in Germany four days ahead of schedule.
Logistics Specialist Second Class Victoria Young served in the United States Navy from 2005 to 2017. From 2009 to 2010 and 2012 to 2013 she completed active deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan providing security, management, and safety for over 100 detainees and military personnel in addition to ensuring 100% demilitarization of sensitive and classified material goods, bringing funds of over $5 million back to the United States Treasury. The decorated veteran received many awards during her service including 2 Navy and Marine corps achievement medals, and 2 Bronze Stars.
Staff Sergeant Austin Duncan served in the United States Army for over twenty years. He served in the 43rd Infantry Division in Germany in 1953 before completing multiple tours of duty including two in Korea as part of the 25th infantry division, and three tours in Vietnam as part of the 1st Field Forces and 138th Field Artillery. Throughout his service, Staff Sergeant Duncan received many awards including the Army Commendation Medal, two purple hearts, a Bronze Star and a Good Conduct Medal.
Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Jurkovac served in the United States Army for twenty-one years as a combat engineer. During his service he was deployed to Panama, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Army Airborne Ranger. Throughout his service, he has received several awards including the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit Award upon retirement.
Ernest "Arky" Thomas" joined the United States Navy in 1944 as a cook at the Base Three Hospital on Espiritu Santo, the biggest hospital in the Pacific theater. Upon his return to the states, he was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Olathe, Kansas where he completed his service. Following an honorable discharge, "Arky" went on to work for the Missouri Pacific, Railroad and coached Little League, Babe Ruth, and American Legion baseball in Paola Kansas.
Senior Airman Lisa Thompson served as an Aircraft Communication and Navigation System Specialist in the United States Air Force. She deployed worldwide as part of Air Combat Commands' 99th Reconnaissance Squadron, maintaining and operating the high altitude spy plane known as the U-2 Dragon Lady. During her service she earned the coveted Collier trophy for Air Combat Command in 1998, Air Force Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal for her service in operations Desert Shield and Southern Shield. Lisa completed her service obligation honorably in 2000 and today is an active volunteer with Team Rubicon.
Major Bob Gordon served active duty in the United State Army for more than 17 years as an Army Engineer. During his service he participated in combat tours of Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq where he lead an airborne assault of an Iraqi Airfield, found and disarmed roadside bombs. The decorated combat veteran has been awarded 2 Bronze Stars, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendations Medals and many others. Currently at Fort Leavenworth, Major Gordon is serving as an Observer, Coach, and Trainer for senior staff officers across the Army in the Mission Command Training Program.
Corporal Robert "Bob" Douglas proudly served his country from 1941-1945 during World War 2 as a Cryptographic Technician. During his training he was taught the British Code Systems to support classified communications with British Forces encoding and decoding mission critical classified information on both friendly and enemy battlefield movements. Recognized many times by the Army for his service, he received 4 Bronze Stars, 3 Overseas Service Bars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge and the European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon.
Retired Sergeant First Class Doug Smith served 35 years in the United States Army 20th Special Forces. During his time in the army he served in operation Enduring Freedom as a parachute rigger jumpmaster, becoming free fall qualified with over 1000 military jumps. Since retiring, Sergeant Smith currently serves as a Deputy Sheriff of St. Clair County in Birmingham Alabama.
Major Mike Geiger served twenty years in the United States Marine Core. During his service he was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the Military Police. Mike currently serves in a joint assignment with the Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance as a Security Force Assistance analyst and Military Police Subject Matter Expert. This July Mike will be transferring to the Quantico FBI Academy, where he will be the Battalion Executive Officer.
Staff Sergeant Aaron Crossley served in the United States Army for six years. An 18B Special Forces Weapons Sergeant with the 3rd Special Forces Group, he did three combat rotations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Highly decorated, he received two Bronze Stars, an Army Commendation Medal with V device, and the Army Good Conduct Medal.
Major Andy O'Brien has served in the United States Army for fifteen years specializing in military intelligence. He has deployed four times including trips to Iraq, Colombia, and Afghanistan twice. Highly decorated, he has received the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, the Bronze Star medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Meritorious Service medal. Currently, he is assigned as an intelligence observer - coach and trainer.
Technical Sargent First Class Albert Strayhall proudly served his country in the United States Army for twenty years. During his service he served in Germany during World War 2 as Platoon Sargent and the Heavy Weapons leader during The Battle of the Bulge. In addition to his service in World War 2, Technical Sargent Strayhall also served in Korea, flying with the United States Air Force identifying Korean Military Targets. The combat veteran has received numerous awards including the Army Commendation Medal, The Bronze Star, Purple Heart, the European Theater Medal with Silver Star, and the World War 2 Victory Medal.
Specialist E-4 Thomas Dueñez served in the United States Army from 2001 to 2004 as a Military Police Officer and Parachutist. During his service he was deployed to the Kandahar Airfield as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Army veteran has earned numerous medals during his service including the Parachutist Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Since completing his service, Specialist Duenez has remained active in the military community volunteering for Operation Stand Down, an event to help homeless veterans, his local VFW post, and The 139th Medical Brigade Family Reediness Group.
Major Arjean Smith has served in the United States Army for 24 years specializing in logistics. During her service she was deployed to Afghanistan in 2001 as a Brigade Logistics Officer and was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2007 where she served as Company Commander. Major Smith continues her service at Fort Leavenworth as the Secretary of General Staff for the Combined Arms Center. She is also an "exceptional" Girl Scout volunteer, inspiring the next generation of leaders.
Staff Sergeant Clinton Brown serves in the 161st Intelligence Squadron of the United States Army. In 2016, Staff Sergeant Brown witnessed a terrible car wreck and immediately sprang into action, saving the lives of two children from a burning vehicle. For his heroic actions he received the 2016 US National Guardsmen of the Year award and the Airman's Medal, the highest non-combat medal for valor.
Lieutenant Colonel Bradley Predmore served in the United States Army for 22 years as a member of the Medical Service Corps. During his service he participated in combat missions Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The combat veteran also was deployed to Riyadh Saudi Arabia where he served as an advisor to one of the two standing armies of the country and advised the senior Saudi Medical Brigade supply officer in his duties. The decorated combat veteran has been awarded numerous medals including The Expert Field Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, 3 Army Commendations Medals and 4 Army Achievement Medals. Lieutenant Colonel Predmore currently teaches leadership at Fort Leavenworth.
Sergeant First Class Shane Zeysing served in the United States Army for 19 years as a combat engineer and demolitions specialist. During his service he was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2007 where his unit detonated enemy weapon caches and IEDS, cleared buildings containing high valued targets using close quarters combat, and set up flash checkpoint for high value targets. The combat veteran was awarded the Bronze Star and multiple Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals during his service. Medically retired in 2016, Sergeant Zeysing now volunteers with veteran organizations such as Camp Valor and The Foundation for Exception Warriors, helping other post combat veterans.
Major Steve Kline has served in the United States Army for 22 years as an Air Defense specialist. Deployed multiple times in combat missions to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan and Afghanistan, Major Kline served in multiple roles including Electronic Missile Maintenance Officer, Unit Movement Officer, Executive Officer and as a member of a battalion unit participating in the largest airlift operation of any tactic Patriot unit in history. The decorated combat veteran has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Service, Army Commendation, Army Achievement and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medals. Major Kline's next assignment will see him serve as the chief of current operation with the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command in Germany.
Sergeant Eric Lindstrom served in the United States Army as a Human Intelligence Collector and Interrogator. During his service, we was deployed as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he conducted over 750 interrogations of Al Qaeda terrorist and Iraqi insurgents to combat terrorist operations. The decorated veteran has received the Joint Service Commendation medal, National Defense Service Medal, 2 Army Commendation medals and many more. Since completing his service, Sergeant Lindstrom has graduated with a law degree from Washburn University, where he volunteered his time providing free legal services to veterans in need.
Sergeant First Class Scott Shigley served in the United States Army for 21 years as a member of the Military Police Corps. Throughout his service, he performed joint military police duties in Honduras, and was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Detainee Operations for Multi National Corps - Iraq. Throughout his service, he received multiple awards including the Soldiers Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation medals and many others. Since retiring, Sergeant First Class Shigley has worked as a military analyst at Ft. Leavenworth.
Lieutenant Colonel John Eldridge has served as a pilot in the United States Air Force for 22 years. During his service he was deployed and flew combat mission in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, supporting the US Army's 4th Infantry division. The decorated pilot has received many awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, an Arial Achievement Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal. Lieutenant Colonel Elderidge is currently the Branch Chief for Student Operations, Air Force Element, at the Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth.
Lieutenant Colonel Bill Burke served in the United States Army for 27 years. Throughout his service he was deployed on combat tours of Desert Storm, Bosnia, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The combat veteran received 2 Bronze Star Medals, and a Joint Service Commendation Medal for his service. Lieutenant Colonel Burke completed his military career at Fort Leavenworth as an instructor for the US Army Command and General Staff College.
Staff Sergeant James Evans served 21 years in the United States Army as a Field Artillery Specialist. During his service, he was deployed to Kosovo as a part of a peace keeping mission, and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn completing field artillery missions and patrols. The decorated veteran has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Unit Citation, The Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal.
Sergeant Christopher Harris served as a crane and excavator operator in the United States Army Reserves from 2000-2006. Through his service, he was deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he acted as a convoy gunner, transported and operated heavy equipment, and helped with the construction of Camp Victory. The decorated veteran has received many awards including Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device.
Staff Sergeant John Matteson III is an infantryman in his sixth year of duty with the United States Army. During his service, he was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to the Logar Province of Afghanistan where he helped deny Taliban freedom of maneuver and operations. Throughout his service, he has received multiple awards including the Combat Infantryman Bade, Ranked #1 Squad Leader in 1st Battalion, NCO of the Month, and NCO of the Year-2015. Staff Sergeant Matteson plans to continue his military service until retirement with the United States Army.
Major Nate Crain has served in the United States Army for more than 17 years as an engineer. He has deployed seven times including trips to Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan where he worked in Coalition Forces Command and as the maneuver planner for the 1st Infantry division. Highly decorated, he has received two bronze stars, four meritorious service medals, the joint service achievement medal, the combat action badge and many other awards during his service. Currently, he works for the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate as a published author at Fort Leavenworth.
Drew Anderson has served three years in the United States Army as a 35M Human Intelligence Collector. He completed his first deployment overseas working in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. The Army veteran received the Global War on Terrorism and Army Service Ribbon, and the National Defense and Army Good conduct Medals. Drew plans to reenlist and further his career in the United States Army.
Corporal Aaron Bono served eight years in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Police Heavy Machine Gunner. Deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan, his duties included providing security for Afghanistan's first Presidential election, conducting patrols seeking Taliban operatives, and escorting convoys to resupply troops on the front line. The combat veteran has received numerous awards including the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Iraq & Afghanistan Campaign Medals. Since being honorably discharged in 2008, Corporal Bono has been a proud member of Friends in Service of Heroes, aiding fellow veterans in their recovery.
Lieutenant Commander Jason Haney served 11 years in the United States Navy as a member of Naval Intelligence. During his service he was deployed twice to the Middle East where he flew surveillance missions over the Persian Gulf, and was stationed aboard the USS WASP. Between his operational tours, Lieutenant Commander Haney served as a target analyst and an instructor at a training facility. He currently serves as a member of the Kansas City chapter of Team RWB, enriching the lives of veterans by connecting them to other members of their community.
Senior Airman Nathaniel Nevels has served for two years in the United States Air Force Reserves as a Fire Protection Specialist. From January 2017 - July 2017, he was deployed to Ali Al Salem Airbase in Kuwait as part of a 60 man Fire Department, charged with protecting the base, personnel, assets, and airfield in the event of emergency. For his service he has received the Air Force Achievement Medal and plans to continue serving in the Air Force Reserves at Whiteman Air Force Base as a firefighter.
Staff Sergeant James McMullen has served eight years in the United States Army as a member of the military police. During his service he was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Detainee Operations and was deployed to Iraq as a member of the Personal Security Detachment. The combat veteran has received multiple awards including the Army Achievement, Joint Service Commendation, and Operation Enduring Freedom Campaign medals. Staff Sergeant McMullen is still active in the United States Army serving as a First Infantry Division Command Driver.
Staff Sergeant Joseph Mupo served 16 years in the United States Army. From February 2003 - March 2004 he was deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom where he helped with the liberation of the country and protected the Chaplin, and Operation Enduring Freedom where he managed multiple entry control points. The decorated veteran has received many awards including the Army Commendation Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two stars, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. He currently serves as a Platoon Sergeant with the 425th Transportation Company in Salina, Kansas.
Major Lee Butler served 22 years in the United States Army as an Attack Helicopter Aviator. During his service he completed combat tours in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division and 1st Special Forces Group. While serving, he was presented with numerous awards including the Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, six Army Commendation Medals, and the National Defense Service Medal. Since completing his service, Major Butler has worked for the Flowers Baking Company of Lenexa as the Director of Human Resources.
Captain Theresa Bentch served 17 years in the United States Army Reserves, specializing in military intelligence. During her service she was deployed to Iraq as a Civil Affairs specialist and Dakar, Senegal as a humanitarian aid. Throughout her service she received many awards including the Bronze Star, the Joint Commendation and Army Commendation Awards. Since completing her service, Captain Bentch has worked as Garmin International as the director of security.
Gunnery Sergeant Douglas Dare served in the United States Marine Corps for 21 years. During his service he was deployed to Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield as an Infantry Squad Leader and deployed as the Operation Chief in the 11th Maine Expeditionary Unit for Special Operations Capable. The decorated veteran has received numerous awards throughout his service including The Navy Marine Corps Accommodation Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, the Kuwait Liberation and the National Defense Medal. Since retiring from the Marine Corps, Gunnery Sergeant Dare has continued to serve with AMVETS as AMVETS Riders Department of Missouri Secretary, AMVETS Riders Chapter 181 Quartermaster and was the founding President of AMVETS Riders Chapter 181.
Sergeant Weston Morrison has served in the United States Marine Corps for five years as an electronics and Radio Communications specialist. During his service he was stationed in Okinawa Japan as a member of the 7th Communication Battalion, and Camp Pendleton as a member of the Third Assault Amphibian Battalion. Sergeant Morrison has received many awards throughout his service including the Iran Man Award, a Navy Achievement Medal, and won a Commanding General's Cup. Since returning home from service, Sergeant Morrison has completed a Martial Arts Instructor course and plans to pursue a college degree in the medical field.
Major Samuel Dallas Jr. has served in the United States Army as a soldier, commissioned officer, and non-commissioned officer for over 28 years. Throughout his military career he has held numerous positions including Platoon Leader during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company Commander, Battalion Executive Officer, and Observer Coach Training in Operations Group Bravo, Mission Command Training Program. The combat veteran has received the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Awards of Meritorious Service, and many others throughout his service. Major Dallas plans to continue his military career as he was recently selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.
Private First Class Gene Forsyth served in the United States Army Infantry during World War II as a radio operator. His unit participated in combat operations during the battles of Lyte and Okinawa. For his service he received 2 Battle Stars, a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge. After returning from the war, he began a career in radio and television at KTA in Los Angeles, CA before retiring to Hot Spring, Arkansas in 1988.
Corporal E4 Meyer Katzman served in the United States Army Air Force from October, 1942 until November, 1945. During his service he was stationed at Harlingen Army Air Field, Texas where he helped teach the crew aboard B-24 bombers how to operate the bomber and turrets. The army veteran boxed while on base and became the base champion and won the Golden Gloves as a middleweight in 1944. After retiring from the military, Corporal Katzman has volunteered with the Veterans Administration and been commander of the Jewish war veterans MO-Kansas Post 605.
Major Debra Anderson served in the US Army as an Adjutant General Officer from 1980 to 1993. During her service, Major Anderson deployed with the 1st Infantry Division headquarters in support of Operation Desert Storm. The combat veteran received numerous awards for her service including the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals and several others. Since leaving the army in 1993 Major Anderson has worked with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Parkville, Missouri post holding positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in her election as the first female VFW Quartermaster General last year.
Gunnery Sergeant John Totzke served in the United States Marine Corps from 2002 to 2016 as an intelligence specialist. Deployed multiple times he completed four tours in Iraq as a member of the 1st Intelligence Battalion and a tour in Afghanistan as the Intelligence Chief. Throughout his service, he has received numerous awards including three Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medals, three Good Conduct Medals, three Iraq Campaign Ribbons and many others. Since being discharged in August of 2016, Gunnery Sergeant Totzke has continued to work full time and is currently going to school to become a teacher.
Executive Officer Robert Hafner has served for over 22 years in the United States Army Reserves, specializing in medical support. He began his service with a deployment to Croatia as a member of transportation before returning home and pursuing training in the medical field. Through his training in the medical field, he earned his RN degree and was commissioned into the Army Nurse Corps where he deployed to Al-Anbar Iraq as a flight nurse on Black Hawk Helicopters. Upon returning home, Executive Officer Hafner became a Nurse Practitioner and has continued his career with the Army as an Executive Officer with the 388th Multi-Functional Medical Battalion.
Specialist Jared West has served in the United States Army since 2015 as a 31-Echo Military Police Correction Specialist. Throughout his service as a member of the Military Police, he has worked in both general population and the special housing unit before being asked to work as the training soldier for his unit, as well as participating as a member of the Funeral Honors Team. In this capacity, he has participated in over 60 military funerals and has presented the flag in over 20 of them. Specialist West plans to continue his career in the United States, having reenlisted to serve three more years.
Corporal Jay Matney served as a member of the United States Navy as Machinery Repairman 3rd Class from 1995-1999 before joining the United States Army in 2000. While serving in the Navy, he was deployed to the Persian Gulf during the first Gulf War to enforce the no fly zone over Iraq and was deployed to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Sear during the Bosnian Conflict. During his time in the Army, he was deployed to Iraq under Operation Enduring Freedom. The combat veteran has been recognized many times throughout his service with medals and awards including the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Naval Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, and many others.
Colonel Chris Bentch served in the United States Army Reserves for 28 years, specializing in military intelligence and civil affairs. The veteran was deployed to Bosnia from 1997-1998 as a member of the civil affairs tactical support team chief, and was deployed to Iraq from 2003-2004 as a Brigade Civil Military Operations Officer. For his service, Colonel Bentch has received the Bronze Star, several meritorious service medals, and the Joint Commendations Award. Since his time in the Army Reserves, he has works as a sergeant for the Kansas City Missouri Police Department.
Sergeant First Class Misty DeDonder served in the United States military for 21 years as a member of the 88M-Transportation unit. During her time in the military, she was deployed twice to Iraq and Kuwait where she acted as a convoy commander for her units, becoming one of the few women in the military to take on the position. For her heroic duties during battle, the combat veteran was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. In 2014, Sergeant DeDonder retired from the Army after 21 years of service alongside some of the bravest men and women that she has ever met.
Master Sergeant Christine Dare proudly served in the United States Marines for 24 years as a 0193 Personnel Chief. During her first tour to Fallujah, Iraq in 2004, she served as the Senior Staff non-commissioned Officer at the Joint Reception Center. During her second tour in 2006, Master Sergeant Dare served as the Senior Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the Alasaad Iraq Detention Facility. After retiring, the highly decorated Marine joined the AMVETS Post 181 where she is now the Commander, and is a Hometown Support Volunteer with H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, Inc. which supports military families and service members before, during, and after deployments.
Sergeant Ted Sypko joined the United States Marine Corps in 1967 at the age of 17. After completing basic training, he was immediately deployed to Vietnam where he spent 13 months as a combat infantryman with the 7th Marine regiment. After completing his first combat tour he returned to the United States for two years before returning to Vietnam for a second time as a member of the 5th Marine regiment. For his service, the combat veteran was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for Valor.
Lieutenant Colonel Heather Boyd joined the United States Army in honor of those her served before her and has served for 19 years. Currently a critical care nurse with the 325th Combat Support Hospital, she has deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008. During her time overseas, Lieutenant Colonel Boyd served as a flight nurse during medical evacuations of wounded US soldiers and provided medical aid for humanitarian missions in both countries.
Command Sergeant Major Gordon Brown has served 35 years in the United States Army Reserves, specializing in infantry and civil affairs. Throughout his military career he has held several duty assignments within the 108th Training Division, including a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The highly decorated veteran has received many awards including the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, and a host of others. Command Sergeant Major Gordon Brown is currently serving as the Command Sergeant Major for the 307th Medical Brigade, in Blacklick, Ohio and is the Dean of Students at Genesis Charter School in Kansas City, MO.
Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Crocker has served 8 years in the United States Navy as a Navy SEAL Special Operator. The military veteran has deployed twice to the Middle East where he conducted direct action and recon missions. In addition to his service in the Navy, Petty Officer Crocker is a firefighter with the Kansas City Fire Department, riding on Truck 7 in Westport.
Fritz "Red' Eichholz enlisted in the United States Navy on December 10th, 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbor. As World War II escalated, Red was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division, where he and his team assaulted the beaches of Iwo Jima, eventually capturing it and placing an American Flag on the Summit of Mount Suribachi, prior to the immortalized raising of the flag we all know today as the Iowa Jima memorial. After the capture of the island, Red was assigned as a parachute rigger on the island of Okinawa before being wounded by ground fire while flying on an A-20 supply mission between Okinawa and Iwo Jima. He was honorably discharged on December 10, 1945, as a Parachute Rigger 1st Class, four years to the date of his enlistment.
Command Sergeant Major Frank Grass enlisted in the United States Army in 1966. He served in Korea with the I Corps. Artillery and was stationed at Fort Leavenworth and Fort Hood before transitioning into the Missouri Army National Guard as a combat engineer. The Army veteran has received many awards and decorations throughout his service including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and numerous Missouri Army National Guard awards. Command Sergeant Major Frank Grass was a teacher in the Platte City, St. Joseph and Blue Springs School Districts where he taught special education and 6th grade for 30 years.
Lieutenant Colonel David Arnold graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1997. Deployed multiple times, he served in many air force positions during his deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Southwest Asia. The decorated veteran was the recipient of the Bronze Star, Air Medal with Clusters and the Meritorious Service Medal with Clusters. Lieutenant Colonel Arnold currently serves as the Deputy Commander, 190th Maintenance Group of the Kansas Air National Guard.
In 1941 James "Don" Sarver was approached by a scout from the Detroit Tigers with an opportunity to play in a local team so that other scouts could get a good look at him, but he forwent the opportunity choosing to fight for the United States in World War II. From 1943-1946 he served in the United States Navy as a torpedo man, second class in the pacific aboard the USSS Cockrell, participating in the final major campaigns of the war. While in battle, his ship narrowly avoided a Kamikaze attack, helped locate survivors of the destroyed USSS Indianapolis, and was responsible for escorting American prisoners of war from Japanese prison camps, earning him the Asia/Pacific medal and victory medals for his service. After the war, Don went into the wholesale jewelry business full time, spanning a career of 50 years, while also working part time as an usher during A's games at the old Municipal stadium, assisting visiting dignitaries including President Harry S Truman.