On November 12 at Husky Stadium, the UW football team did something that had never been done before.
In recognition of Veterans’ Day, the team wore a commemorative uniform combination to honor and acknowledge the service and sacrifices made by veterans of United States military service branches. Each player wore the name of a different veteran associated with the University of Washington, including 41 from UW Tacoma, in recognition of United States military service.
Check out a photo essay of images showing the commemorative uniform in action.
Below is a list of UW Tacoma students who were honored and acknowledged. Click the "More+" icon next to each name to read a brief statement from each individual about their military service. All of us at UW Tacoma would just like to say to all of you—thank you.
- Jessica Abplanalp
I served for 5 years in the Army as a Blackhawk helicopter repairer. I was stationed in Katterbach, Germany and Joint Base Lewis-McChord here in Washington. I deployed twice to Afghanistan. I very much enjoy the military community and look forward to continuing to serve my fellow veterans in the future.
- Justin Alonzo-Fuller, Petty Officer Second Class
I was a US Navy Intelligence Specialist from 2003 to 2013. I deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan (twice), Japan and several parts of Africa and the Persian Gulf. I hunted pirates off the coast of Somalia, served aboard a British Navy frigate, and swam in the Nile River. Personal achievements include the Army Commendation Medal and the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three times).
- Justin Bowman, Sergeant
I served in the Army for 7 years, 2008 to 2015. I was an explosive ordnance disposal specialist. I was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, where I was a first-responder to the mass shooting on post. I had the honor of working with the Secret Service to protect the President on six occasions and the Vice President on one occasion. Later, I deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn, supporting the withdrawal of US personnel and equipment as well as the training of Iraqi Bomb Disposal units. Near the end of that deployment I volunteered to redeploy to Afghanistan for combat casualty replacement instead of going home. In Afghanistan, I met an intelligence contractor in Bagram Air Base who I later went on to marry. Finally, I was stationed in Joint Base Lewis-McChord. From there I deployed to Kuwait as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Leader conducting demolition operations, training, and emergency response for the area.
- Chris Burd, Sergeant
I served thirteen years, from 2002 - 2015, in the Army as a Healthcare Specialist and a Tracked Vehicle Repairer, achieving the rank of Sergeant. I deployed twice to Iraq in the cites of Ar Ramadi [2004 - 2005] and Mosul  in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. I am a graduate of the Army Basic Parachutists Course at Fort Benning, Ga. I have been assigned to units at Camp Hovey, South Korea, Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Polk, La., Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and Fort Hood, Texas.
- Lucero Cardenas, Chief Petty Officer
I served in the Navy from 2001 to 2011 as a Hospital Corpsman and in the Navy Reserves from 2011 to 2013. During my time in the Navy I was stationed at Naval Hospital Great Lakes, Naval Hospital Naples, Italy, and Naval Hospital Bremerton. I served a tour in Iraq with Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 out of Beaufort, S.C. My highest rank achieved was E-7. I am proud to have served my country.
- Michael Chavez, Specialist
I served as a Military Police Investigator in the US Army. I joined the Army in 1995 right after high school and ended my time in service in 2005.
- Emily Clouse, Private First Class
I was an intelligence analyst in the Army stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., where I met my boyfriend, Wes Rainey (who also has his name on a jersey!). I deployed to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, where I experienced a concussion the day we were scheduled to return home. The concussion was so bad it ended my army career at 22 months, and I am currently a disabled veteran.
- Johnny Cortez, Sergeant
I served 5 years as an Army Ranger in the Second Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment on Ft Lewis. I did four deployments to the Middle East. I was awarded the combat infantry badge, the parachuting badge, the army ranger tab, reconnaissance leaders course, NATO ribbon, ISAF ribbon and many others. I held the rank of Sergeant.
- April Daye, Sergeant
I served in the U.S. Army for 13-and-a-half years active duty and I am currently in the Army Reserves. I have been in the military for a total of 14 and a half years. I have done four combat tours: three tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. I am currently ranked as a Sergeant. I separated from active duty under honorable conditions. I am a mother of five children and earned two bachelor's degrees while serving. My first degree is a B.A. in criminal justice with a minor in accounting. My second degree is B.A. in psychology with a minor in business administration.
- Jeffrey Deibell, Staff Sergeant
I was in the military for ten years, fixing the B-1 Lancer as a Repair and Reclamation Crew Chief before I was issued a medical retirement at the rank of Staff Sergeant. After working in Repair and Reclamation I became a Dedicated Crew Chief and got my own plane. I have been deployed twice to Southwest Asia as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
- Jessy Donaho, Staff Sergeant
I served in the Air Force for eight years and was stationed at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., as well as at Misawa Air Base, Japan. I worked as a Medical Logistician ensuring that our medical treatment facilities received all of their necessary medical requirements (both supplies and equipment). In addition, I assisted with both peacetime and wartime missions that directly affected Operation Enduring Freedom.
- Samantha Evans, Private First Class
I was in military intelligence. I was honorably discharged due to hip and back injuries that have left me 40% disabled. My rank was E3.
- Maxine Filcher, Corporal
I joined the military in 2004, and deployed to Iraq in 2005. I served as a HMMWV (Humvee) .50-caliber gunner, performing convoy operations in Baghdad, and much of Diyala province.
- Andrew Flanagan, Senior Airman
I joined the Air Force in October, 2008. I trained as an aerospace maintenance technician, achieving the rank of Senior Airman and I spent six years maintaining the KC-135 refueling aircraft. I traveled extensively with the aircraft and deployed four times to Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Afghanistan. After I completed my enlistment in 2014, I transitioned out of the military and am currently pursuing my bachelor's degree in law and policy.
- Jacob Flannery, Sergeant
My military occupational specialty was as a crew member on the M1A2 Abrams tank. I was assigned to the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, stationed at Fort Lewis. I transitioned from active duty and am currently serving in the National Guard.
- Joseph Friddle, Independent Duty Corpsman
I served within many austere environments, most notably as an embedded advisor to the Iraqi Army/Iraqi Police during counterinsurgency operations. I retired in 2009.
- Daymon Fritz, Specialist
I joined the military in 2010 as a signal support systems specialist and served as a computer systems administrator with the 42nd Military Police Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
- David Glines, Sergeant
I served in the Army for just under six years. My military occupation was technology specialist (I worked with computers). I spent most of my enlistment overseas, including a tour in Afghanistan that began just a week after my daughter was born. I separated from the Army as a Sergeant last summer so I could focus on completing my education in computer science and build a more stable life for my family.
- Michael Hanks, Second Class Petty Officer
In the US Navy from 1995-1999, I served as a Radioman, specializing in the operations of telecommunications for ships, aircraft, and shore facilities. I spent most of my time on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), operating in the Red Sea in support of Operation Southern Watch over Iraq, and Operations Deny Flight and Sharp Guard over the skies of Bosnia and in the Adriatic operating areas. Deny Flight evolved into Operation Deliberate Force, as CVW-8 aircraft led NATO strikes against strategic Bosnian Serb targets in Bosnia-Herzegovina. I then transitioned temporarily to the destroyer USS Comte de Grasse (DD-974) and participated in a five-month cruise around Central and South America, conducting UNITAS exercises and building relationships with many other countries. I started my naval career as an E-1; at the time of my departure I was an E-5 (Radioman Second Class Petty Officer).
- Ronald Howard, Master Sergeant
I was with the United States Air Force from 1986-2012, and am now retired. I served as an aircraft mechanic on the B-52, B-2, E-3, and C-17. I was deployed for Operation Desert Storm/Shield, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Some of my notable assignments were as non-commissioned officer in charge of NATO’s E-3 wheel and tire shop, Element Chief for C-17 crew chiefs, and C-17 Flying Crew Chief program manager.
- Edwin James, Staff Sergeant
I served in the Air Force for 6 years, I worked as an aviation communication-navigation technician on B-52 bombers at Barksdale Air Force Base.
- Jesse Johnson, Staff Sergeant
I joined the Army as a Special Forces candidate in 2009. I graduated from the US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) course in 2011. I served with First Special Forces Group (Airborne). I deployed three times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
- James Johnston, Specialist
I served three-and-a-half years in the United States Army as an Infantryman. I did a nine-month tour in Afghanistan as a Team Leader with the 2nd Battalion of the 1st Infantry Regiment, and the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
- Cody Kuzior, Sergeant
I joined the military in 1999 and became part of the Army National Guard at the age of 17. I have served for many years. I was a dedicated and hard working soldier. Through my efforts, I have trained and mentored soldiers for deployments and other military service. I have also helped the state with emergency and disaster missions. This was accomplished through aiding my community and subordinate soldiers in order to remain safe and effective during military operations.
- Michael Labadie, Sergeant
I joined the US Army in 2001 prior to 9/11. I deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, along with my younger brother in 2003. In 2005, I deployed to Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, I served with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), conducting security patrols and training Afghan military forces. My final overseas assignment was providing protection for high-ranking US military commanders, diplomats and members of the Cabinet. Upon returning to the U.S., I was assigned to Ft. Lewis as a Warrior Mentor, training units to deploy to either combat theater. In total I completed over eight years of service.
- Jeremy Liwag, Petty Officer Second Class
It is an honor and privilege to have served with the strongest Navy in the world. Traveling in the east has opened up opportunities and experiences I never thought were possible for me. GO NAVY!
- Gionelli Lopez, Specialist
I spent my time in the Army as a logistical specialist, working for the 555th Engineer Brigade (the Triple Nickel). I was in charge of ordering and processing parts to ensure that our military vehicles were mission-ready.
- Daniel Massie, First Sergeant
I joined the U.S. Army right out of High School and served more than 22 years. I served two combat tours to Iraq as a First Sergeant with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantrya Division, (then stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord) and retired in 2009. Since then, I earned a B.S. in Information Systems from UW Tacoma, and am currently enrolled in the Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership program. Go Huskies!
- Argenis Mangual Velazquez, Petty Officer First Class
I served in the US Navy aboard the submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730), in the information technology division, stationed in Bangor, Wash., for four years. I then served for three years in the Information Technology repair shop at the Intermediate Maintenance Facility, also at Bangor, until the end of my enlistment on July 2016.
- Robert Merks, Petty Officer First Class
I was a nuclear technician in the Navy for an aircraft carrier stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, for five years. I supported relief efforts during the Fukushima disaster. I was an E-6 at time of separation.
- Zandria Michaud, Staff Sergeant
I joined the Army as a broadcast journalist/public affairs specialist after graduating from high school in 2000. I spent a year doing public affairs work at Fort Bragg and the rest of my time in Germany. I worked in Frankfurt at the American Forces Network-Europe Headquarters, a TV/radio station for American service members, their families, and Department of Defense employees stationed in Europe. I had a wide variety of responsibilities that included all aspects of broadcast journalism. I ended my career at the end of 2005 as a Staff Sergeant and TV/radio station manager at the affiliate in Wiesbaden, Germany.
- Ryan Mitchell, Sergeant
I served in the US Army from 1999 to 2009 as an infantry sergeant. I was stationed in Hawaii, Washington, and Germany. I deployed twice to Iraq, for a total of 28 months. My awards include a Bronze Star Medal with &lsquot;V&rsquot; device for combat heroism, 5 Army Commendation medals, both the Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges, and the Air Assault Badge.
- Melanie Preston, Intelligence Specialist First Class
I joined the US Navy after high school. I served on board the USS Shenandoah, stationed out of Norfolk, Va., and the USS Bonhomme Richard, stationed out of San Diego, Calif.
- Michael Quandt, Sergeant
I served in the US Army Infantry from 2006-2013, during which time my comrades and I fought through two combat deployments. I was honorably discharged as a result of injuries sustained overseas at the rank of Sergeant.
- Wesley Rainey
I was an Army intelligence analyst from 2007 to late 2014. I served in Iraq from 2009 to 2010. I worked at Cyber Command from 2010 to 2013. I then deployed to Kuwait from 2013 to 2014. I was discharged and started community college at South Puget Sound Community College in the summer of 2015. I am now pursuing a BS in Environmental Science.
- Mike Roedler, Specialist
I served in the Army, from 2008-2012, I did a tour of duty in Iraq from 2009-2010, serving as a food operations specialist. I was stationed here at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
- John Rogers, Captain
In 2007 I commissioned in the Army as an Infantry Officer from North Georgia College. My first duty assignment was with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., where I served as a Platoon Leader and deployed to Afghanistan from 2009-2010. Upon redeploying, my next assignment was with the 5th Ranger Training Battalion in Dahlonega, Ga., where I served as an Executive Officer and a Ranger Instructor. My last assignment was with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord where I served as a Company Commander of an Anti-Armor Company. I am currently an MBA candidate at the Milgard School of Business at UW Tacoma.
- Jeff Salazar, Staff Sergeant
I was a Special Operations Forces Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) and Joint Terminal Attack Controller. I had four deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan.
- Jeff SnowKing, Army Infantryman
I was an Army Infantryman for three years. When I transitioned out of the Army in 2013, I immediately went back to school and have just graduated this summer with my Criminal Justice degree from UW Tacoma. I am in the Master of Social Work program now and am also working as a case manager for veterans at Rally Point 6. I would like to use this as an opportunity to inform individuals who are transitioning out of the military that we are here and can help with their transition to civilian life. We also help veterans who have been out for awhile.
- Dylan Sybil, Specialist
I was in the Army for just over three years as an infantryman in the 101st Airborne Division. I carried an Mk48 machine gun as a gun team leader in Afghanistan and was medically retired shortly after returning.
John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or firstname.lastname@example.org