Veterans Day – Honoring All Who Served
Wednesday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day – the Nation’s day to take a pause to appreciate everyone who has ever served in uniform. At Momentum we are fortunate to have colleagues who have answered the call for military service. I’d like to highlight five team members as a thank you to all of Momentum’s employees and clients who served in the military.
Tony Zimmerer, our agency controller, enlisted in the Army at 18 years old in 1983 and was assigned to Fort Gordon, Georgia for basic training, where he was the reining winner of “Drill Sergeant of the Year” award. He became a light wheeled vehicle mechanic and was stationed in Germany with the 3rd Armor Division. He was honorably discharged in 1986. Sam Dy, our agency accountant, began her military service in October, 2001 when she enlisted in the Army. After completing basic training, Sam volunteered for Airborne Training. “Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane seemed like something I wasn’t supposed to do, in which case I wanted to do it even more!” She completed Airborne Training at Fort Benning, GA in May 2002. Then she was shipped off to her permanent duty station at the 82nd Airborne Division – “America’s Guard of Honor” Fort Bragg, NC. Sam was deployed with 82nd AVN BDE to support OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) from September 2003 – April 2004, Fallujah, Iraq. Her military service ended in October 2007. Claude Flagler, one of our RSS’s @ SART, enlisted into the Army in 1976 when he was 17-years-old. He did Basic Training & AIT (Advanced Individual Training) at Fort Gordon, GA. His MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) was Radio Teletype Operator and he spent 7 years doing this job. He had the opportunity to be stationed at Fort Ord, CA, Germany and Korea. For Claude, “I believe that I learned teamwork, accountability, stress management, compassion, attention to detail and listening while serving in the military and these skills are things that I’m constantly using in my life. Also, I’m very grateful that I had the opportunity to serve in the military because it gave me the chance to attend and graduate from San Jose State University.” Brenda Eldridge, one of our RSS’s @ Litteral House, comes from a long line of both wartime and peace time veterans. Her oldest brother’s father served in Korea, her oldest brother served in Vietnam and her oldest son served in Iraq.She has 17 years total service credit and left the Army as a Corporal. She was honorably discharged from all three components. Her military experience includes the United States Army, Army Reserves and Army National Guard where she served from November 13, 1979 to May 2, 1999. She held many positions including: Ammunition Specialist and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Specialist
Finally, Michelle Burlyga has not yet reached veteran status as she is currently serving. Michelle is a Captain in a U.S Army Reserve Combat Operations Stress Control unit in Southern California, basically a behavioral health unit (113th Medical Detachment). She works as an occupational therapist there as well and has been in the Reserves since January 2013 (almost 3 years).
Thank you to Tony, Sam, Claude, Brenda, Michelle, and all of Momentum’s veterans. It’s an honor to have you amongst us. We salute your service and sacrifice this Veterans Day, 2015.