Celebrating UAF's veterans
To celebrate the vital contributions of veterans to the UAF community, the Department of Military and Veterans Services is sponsoring a Virtual Honor Wall. We invite members of the UAF community to submit photographs and stories of veterans who are important to them.
The Virtual Honor Wall will be unveiled on November 11, 2021. Submissions will be accepted through the end of November.
2021 Honor Wall photos
Julia M Kellogg
Julia M Kellogg served in the Navy and was deployed on the USS Makin Island. She served 2010 - 2014. She is also a UAF alumni. Her UAF degree with Navy training and a Bachelor's in cyber security has provided her with the skills and experience needed to have a very successful career at Dell.
I was born and raised in Texas and served on active duty in the US Army for 6 years. I exited the military in 2013. I served primarily in 3 locations: 1) Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX from 2007-2010, 2) 4th Infantry Division Headquarters at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 2010-2013, and 3) during my time at Fort Carson, I deployed with 4th Infantry Division to COB Speicher, Iraq from 2010-2011. A special thanks to the men and women who bravely serve in our military and for the veterans that went before them.
Served in the Marine Corps Reserve and Alaska Air National Guard, 1993-2019.
Rene Palaniuk (formerly Headley)
CAPT Daryl Schaffer
Daryl retired after an active duty career of nearly 31 years and is using the Post-9/11 GI Bill to study the Security and Disaster Management for a second Masters degree (and possible PhD). Originally both from MN, he and his wife moved 12 times, living in every part of the country. As a Wounded Warrior, Daryl had to re-learn how to do daily activities which changed their future; he now needs to use a trekking pole in order to walk. Daryl appreciates all the people he has served with throughout the year and for serving the American people.
Jessie Michael Cutler
“It’s been an honor to serve my country, and I will continue doing it in my civilian life.” -Jessie Cutler
God Bless and Semper Fidelis
My wife and I are both Army veterans and now both firefighters.
My grandfather was in pearl harbor.
My son is currently serving this country and is stationed overseas. This has been his dream since he was 5 and he followed in his grandfather footsteps.
My husband is currently serving our country.
"Sgt Tj Boone served active duty for 8 years and was deployed to Afghanistan twice under Operation Freedoms Sentinel. He joined active duty out Lathrop Highschool and was stationed in Fort Drum, NY where we was deployed under the 10th Mountain division. He then spent nearly 7 years in Vilseck, Germany. Upon completion of his active duty time he enrolled in UAF to continue his education. He now serves the army reserves while attending classes."
GWOT - Panjwa'i District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan 2011-2012, HHC, 3-21 Infantry - 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team
Leonard L. Wood
This is my grandfather (Leonard Wood), he served in the US Army from 1969-1971. He was drafted during the time and served in the 101st airborne infantry division. He served in Germany for a year and served in Vietnam for a year.
Robbert "Bob" Luoma
This is my Uncle Bob Luoma, he was drafted into the US army in March of 1969. During his entire service he was posted in Germany for 2 years.
James R Morton, Jr
I appreciate my sisters' and brothers' service. Thank you UAF for acknowledging their contribution to protecting our nation and its interests!
Eran created courses that air force members can take for free because he was sick of seeing enlisted members disenfranchised by their economic standing.
My dad served active duty Air Force for just shy of 30 years. He made many achievements in that time and has been and continues to be a great inspiration to me. Love you Dad, Happy Veterans Day.
After serving in the US Air Force, Tyler has dedicated his next phase in life to pursuing higher education and research in biomedical science.
Josh, born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, proudly served our Great Nation in the U.S. Army for twenty years; he honorably retired in 2019. Josh was stationed at multiple posts around the world. With valiant efforts of his and his fellow comrades, he returned from three deployments under Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Ramon G. Cortez
Ramon G. Cortez served in the United States Army and was with the General Patton Unit during the Battle of the Bulge. Thank you Grandpa, for your service. Your bravery, sacrifice, and strength will never go unnoticed.
My father served the military in the 1960’s. He was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. We celebrate him every day to this day even if he is in heaven.
My grandfather was one of the Alaska Territorial Guardsmen during WWII. He was proud to be of service. RIP. We celebrate you always.
My brother serviced in the army. He received an award from President Reagan as the Sharp Shooter of the army.
My husband served in the Army. He was stationed in foreign countries and in Anchorage, Alaska. We celebrate him daily.
Daniel and Jeremy
Mentoring soon-to-be welders is something veterans do.
Active Duty Army Infantry 2008-2016
Sniper OEF 10-11 10th Mtn
Sniper Section Leader OEF 13
Coming from the small village of Fort Yukon, AK, Sam joined the army at a young age. He ended up graduating from West Point and became part of the Special Armed Forces. As part of the Special Armed Forces, he spent a number of tours in Afghanistan, then returned to get a business degree from Dartmouth College. He returned to his home State of Alaska, and has since been a university faculty and language learner of his ancestral language, Gwich'in. I am honored and proud to say that Sam is one of the many veterans who can be honored on this wall.
Phil Rounds served during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Air Force. His father was a U.S. Marine in the Korean War and a Drill Instructor at MCRD San Diego. I met Phil at University Fire Department, I served in the U.S. Marines. He was my friend and mentor. He died in the Line of Duty due to job related cancer in November of 2008. On my 20th year at University Fire, I still think of Phil every day. He'd greet me with an old Marine Corps name for fox hole buddy, "Well, what's going on today, Watash!"
Willard "Buck" Whitaker
Buck Whitaker was a U.S. Marine in the Pacific War fighting at Guadalcanal, Peleliu and Okinawa. Years later he was the first official paid fire chief of the University Fire Department. Prior to joining UAF, Buck had served in Ft. Wainwright Fire Department and at the Fairbanks International Airport Fire Department. His leadership molded the department and shaped its course by providing mentoring and fire service training, updated equipment and a sense of Espirit de Corps that still thrives within the department. Those of us that met him or served under him will never forget him.
Benjamin Fleagle, U.S. Marine Corps. University Fire Department, twenty years and going strong!
2020 Honor Wall photos
Joined the Navy at 18 in 2011, did 7 and a half years active duty, was part of the Operation Enduring Freedom serving onboard the USS Ronald Reagan and USS John C. Stennis, and ended active duty contract in Fallon, Nevada. Currently in the United States Navy Reserves.
Riding in the back of a truck, dressed in blue United Nations vests. We fit 13 troops in that truck.
Mariaeli Marquez Marin
Understanding how your role fits in the large picture takes time to learn, especially in a large organization. I benefited by having my first supervisor to point out the importance it was to be resilient and dependable. Even though I was a lower enlisted mechanic, the engineers would be heavily curtailed in their mission if I didn't pitch in my full effort.
I want to highlight the different opportunities I had while in the Army. I had learned to continue breaking the mold by setting up my own bar. In my experience, it was being a paratrooper private to running a maintenance shop as a Sergeant. I continued my education, such as learning new Army logistical programs and chosen to train on a WWII weapon system. By far, the best experience was going through the Army pre-ranger course as they determined if females had the grit for it.
I am glad to have lived in Alaska and earning my degree at UAF.
Strive to learn constantly and set out on your own unique path with optimism.
Thomas Brown and Christina Love
This photo showcases myself, Staff Sergeant Christina Love, and my grandpa, Retired Senior Master Sergeant Thomas Brown, at two different milestones in our careers. This is a merging of two different generations serving with the same purpose and faithfully to our proud heritage. The story I would like to share is when I told my grandpa that I would be moving to Eielson Air Force Base. He would ask if there were underground tunnels and if I had used them because of the inclement weather. I never did find those tunnels but as my first winter arrived I knew they would have been great to have!
Thank you UAF and the Alumni Association for taking a chance on an retiring Army officer in 1997. Jake and Janice Poole
1986 AW2, stationed South Weymouth, Massachusetts. Taber retired from the Navy in 1996 after twenty years of service.
Donald Berg, Allan Berg, Phillip Berg
My father and his two brothers were all drafted during the Korean War. This picture shows (left to right) my Uncle Donald Berg (Air Force), my father Allan Berg (Marine Corps) and my Uncle Phillip Berg (Army) with their grandmother. I am so proud of the legacy of service in my family! Best, Jackie Morton, Director of the Department of Military and Veteran Services at UAF.
Jackie Morton is the director of the Department of Military and Veteran Services. Morton received her commission from Truman State University and graduated as a distinguished military graduate. She has served for 24 years in active duty and the U.S. Army Reserve, where she is currently a colonel on the G-2 staff.
Josh proudly served our Great Nation in the U.S. Army for twenty years; he honorably retired in 2019. Josh was stationed at multiple posts around the world. With valiant efforts of his & his fellow comrades, he returned from three deployments under Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation Enduring Freedom.
2019 Honor Wall photos
To celebrate the vital contributions of veterans to the UAF community, the Department of Military and Veteran Services sponsored an Honor Wall featuring portraits of UAF veterans by UAF's chief photographer and submissions from the UAF community.