Jul 30 2010

1Sgt Christopher Kober

Branch of Service: Air Force

Conflict: Iraq War (2003-)

Years of Service: 6

My brother, Chris, was in the Air Force for six years. He served in Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq. I’ve admired him since I was a little kid, but I’m in awe of the person he has become… and much of who is today can be attributed to his military experiences.

This post was submitted by ErinKober.

Jul 27 2010

Lieut. John Weaver

Branch of Service: Air Force

Conflict: Vietnam War (1961-1973)

Years of Service: ?-1988

My uncle, John Weaver, had a career with the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Japan as a communications officer during the Vietnam War on one of his first assignments. Some of his other assignments included teaching at the Air Force Academy, working for three, 4-star generals, traveling worldwide with Members of Congress on Congressional delegation flights while employed in the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, as Legislative Liaison. While on these flights he got to meet world leaders: in the Middle East (e.g., Jordan: King Hussein), Europe (e.g., Margaret Thatcher), and Central America (e.g., Panama: Manuel Noriega), to name a few. He even worked in the Pentagon! After many years of service, he retired in October 1988 as a Lieutenant Colonel. I’ve always admired and respected my uncle and I wanted to share his story. May he be an inspiration to others looking to make a career in the military.

This post was submitted by nhegyi.

Jul 26 2010

Corp. Joe Piram

Branch of Service: Marine Corps

Conflict: Iraq War (2003-)

Years of Service: 2004-2010


Marine Corp. Joe Piram grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and joined the Marines shortly after graduating from high school in 2004. After completing his infantry training, he was assigned to the Twenty Nine Palms Marine Corps base in California. He completed two tours in Iraq before being deployed to Afghanistan in the spring of 2009. He had been on patrol in Afghanistan when his Humvee was hit by an improvised explosive device on June 20th, 2009. Joe was badly injured, with severe burns and a multitude of internal injuries. Sadly, one of his fellow Marines did not survive the blast and two others also suffered severe injuries. Joe spent the next six months recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He has since moved back to his hometown, recently purchased a house, coaches a local youth hockey team, and is preparing to go back to school to become a police officer.

Joe is one of the brave ones and he embodies the core values that define a Marine – Honor, Courage, and Commitment. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals. We thank him and all present and former military personnel for their service!

This post was submitted by jbronce.

Jul 21 2010

1Sgt Gene Harper

Branch of Service: Marine Corps

Conflict: Iraq War (2003-)

Years of Service: 2002 – 2006


My brave friend Gene Harper was one of many who enlisted after 9/11. Gene already had a successful career and life in NYC but dropped everything to stand up for his country. Gene did two tours of duty, enduring more than I could possibly imagine, including being wounded, and he still carries that shrapnel with him today.

Gene is a hero and we are so proud of him!

This post was submitted by katiefiore.