The Salt River Police Department Honor Guard stand with pride.

SRPMIC Employee Veterans

By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News

On Friday, November 8, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community honored 38 employee veterans during a special event in the courtyard of the Two Waters Complex.

The event started at 9 a.m. with emcee E. Pacer Reina, SRPMIC Veterans Representative, welcoming those in attendance. The Salt River Police Department Honor Guard posted the colors, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by SRPMIC Custodial Supervisor Pedro Gutierrez, who served with the U.S. Air Force. The national anthem was sung in the traditional O’odham language by Martha Ludlow-Martinez, Miss Salt River 2013-14.

“This morning I feel good to see our employees here to recognize our employee veterans,” said SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier, who gave a welcome address. “I believe that sometimes as citizens of this country and with the freedom that we enjoy, we fail to recognize those that really gave the time of their life to serve this country for us and to have the freedom that we enjoy. There’s a saying that ‘Freedom isn’t free,’ and that’s so true. Even today, some of us fail to recognize that men and women are [still serving] throughout the world, defending our freedom. We can never forget that. Let us never forget the sacrifice, the lives that were paid, for the freedom that we enjoy here.”

The SRPMIC Employee Choir sang two songs, and then guest speaker Ricardo Leonard, a member of the SRPMIC Council, spoke about his experiences serving in the U.S. Army Airborne Division.

“On behalf of Council [and] Administration, I want to thank you for the service that you have given to this country and for the service that you give to the Community. I want to thank you, and God bless you,” concluded Harvier.

For more information about services provided to veterans and their families, call E. Pacer Reina, SRPMIC Veterans Representative, at (480) 362-7490.

The following SRPMIC employee veterans walked up to the podium and were recognized:

Riding-In, Kevin
U.S. Marines, Recreation Department
Begay, Raymond
U.S. Army, Public Works Department
Hills, Darrell
U.S. Army, Courts Administration
Alvarez, Bonifacio
Marines, Probation Services
Kingsley, Jon
U.S. Airforce, Finance Department
Wilson, Patrick
U.S. Marines, IT Administration Picture 1947, U.S. Marines
Schoen, Steven
U.S. Airforce, PW Water Resources
Boyle, Dan
U.S. Army, PW Facilities Division, U.S. Airforce
Achin, Craig
U.S. Airforce, CRA Administrations
Kline, Frank
U.S. Army, PW Facilities Division
Bowlin, Bennett
U.S. Army, ECS- Engineering Administration
Meyers, Bryan
U.S. Army, Administration
Largo, Thomas
U.S. Army, Council Representative
Leonard, Ricardo
U.S. Army, Council Representative
Dooley, Terry
U.S. Army, Administration
Reina, E. Pacer
U.S. Army Airborne, Administration
Tweedy, Michael
U.S. Marines, PW Facilities Division, U.S. Marines
Begay, Leroy
U.S. Army, ECS-Construction Management
Ben, Hosteen
U.S. Marine, Corrections
Stanley, Darrell
U.S. Army, PW Facilities Group
Deluca-Rininger Berlinda
U.S. Marines, Finance Department
Schurz, Larry
U.S. Army, Education Academic Services
Morel, Bienvenido
U.S. Army, Police Field Operations
Calzadillas, Francisco
U.S. Air Force
Andrews, Len
U.S. Marine, ECS Engineering Administration
Gewecke, Brian
U.S. Army, CDD Environmental Protection
Haydukovich, Steven
U.S. Army, HR Administration
Sachleben, Nick
U.S. Army and National Guard, HR Training and Development
Krech, Paul
U.S. Army, Health and Human Services (Deceased)
Ashley, Ronaldo
U.S. Army, Corrections Department
Angular, Rob
U.S. Navy,
Rocha, Jr. Genaro
U.S. Marines, Fire Battalion A-4
Valenzuela, Paulino
U.S. Marines, Health and Human Services
Jones, Jason
U.S. Army, Police Administration
Selestewa, Brandall
U.S. Air Force, Police Administration

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