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37th Annual Armed Forces Recognition Luncheon
Aerospace Data Facility-Colorado Joint Color Guard from Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., present service flags and the American flag during the 37th Annual Armed Forces Recognition Luncheon June 14, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. The luncheon, hosted by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and Defense Council, recognized several local service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr./Released)
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AFRL names 11 military award winners

Posted 6/18/2013   Updated 6/18/2013 Email story   Print story

    


460th Space Wing Public Affairs

6/18/2013 - DENVER -- The Aurora Chamber of Commerce's Defense Council honored 11 military members and one civilian from the community during the organization's 37th Annual Armed Forces Recognition Luncheon June 14 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver.

More than 600 business and community leaders attended the luncheon.

The keynote speaker was retired Gen. Craig R. McKinley, National President of the Air Force Association and former Chief of the National Guard Bureau.

"To all of you in uniform -- whether you are Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard -- thank you all for your service. I am proud of the dedication of the service members here today," said McKinley has he talked about sequestration, technology improvements, the volunteer force and wounded warriors.

"America is a resilient nation," stated McKinley. "We don't give up. The next generation is the greatest generation that we will recognize today."

The awardees in each service and component category included the following:

Active-duty Air Force
Tech. Sgt. Ranier Raqueno, Space Operations Wing, Aerospace Data Facility-Colorado

Air Force Reserve
Tech. Sgt. Murjani Law, Air Reserve Personnel Center

Active-duty Army
Sgt. Jordan Nwajei, 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion

Army Reserve
Spc. Doug Schmidt, A Company, 98th Expeditionary Signal Battalion

Active-duty Navy
Petty Officer Josue Orantes, Navy Operations Support Center

Navy Reserve
Petty Officer 2nd Class Theresa Able, NOSC

Active-duty Marine Corps
Sgt. Renata Rock, Company A, Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion

Marine Corps Reserve
Sgt. Keshi Solano, 5th Bn., 14th Marine Regiment

Coast Guard
Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Jackson, Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Colorado

Colorado Army National Guard
Staff Sgt. Hans Blenkers, HHC, 147th Brigade Support Battalion

Colorado Air National Guard
Tech. Sgt. Shawn Thomason, 140th Maintenance Squadron

Also, Tom Allee with Frontier Airlines was presented the Bob Cardenas Award for his support of the military in the region.

"This luncheon is our way of recognizing the members of the Armed Forces -- Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard -- throughout Northern Colorado including the Denver-Aurora area," said Defense Council Chair Lisa Buckley, American Automation. "They make a great contribution to our community and to our nation."



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