Celebrating UAF's veterans
To celebrate the vital contributions of veterans to the UAF community, the Department of Military and Veteran Services is sponsoring an Honor Wall featuring portraits of UAF veterans submitted from the UAF community.
2020 Honor Wall photos
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!
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.
Honor Wall archive
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.