Veterans Day 2020 - Virtual Tribute to County Veterans

We proudly pay tribute to the Veterans living in our County who have served our country in the U.S. uniformed and armed services. We also solemnly remember and pay tribute to the County’s fallen service members who have died in service to our country on our Fallen Heroes site.

Veterans Day Honoring All Who Have Served

The records show these men and women as enlisting, being originally from, or having at one time lived in Montgomery County, MD. We consider the U.S. Department of Defense home of entry records as the official designation of military residency.

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Global War On Terror - (September 11, 2001 - Present) - Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) / Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) / Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) / Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS) / Operation New Dawn (OND)

Jason Gruver

Jason Gruver

Jason Gruver served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years. He joined the military in 1999 to be a morse code operator/signal analyst. In 2006, he cross trained to be an intelligence analyst. He deployed four times to Iraq during the Global War on Terror. Gruver grew up in Littlefield, Texas. He was stationed in Fort Meade, Maryland from 2001 to 2004. He was then stationed in South Korea from 2004 to 2005. After that, he returned to Maryland from 2005 until his retirement in 2020 as a Technical Sergeant. Gruver currently lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland with his wife Carrie, daughter Kayli, and son Chase.

Robert Koffman

Robert Koffman

Robert Koffman, MD, MPH, is the Vice Chair for the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs. To better care for Veterans in his lifelong mission of suicide prevention, Dr. Koffman serves as a PREVENTS Ambassador, volunteering under Executive Order 13861 (The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide).  A passionate advocate for Animal Assisted Therapy for Veterans, Dr. Koffman is also the Senior Medical Advisor for Warrior Canine Connection. A decorated Veteran, he completed a 32-year career as a naval Medical Officer in 2015. Operationally oriented, he has deployed to Desert Storm in (1990/1991); Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003); and Operation Enduring Freedom (2009/2010).  A board-certified psychiatrist, he provided behavioral health care services for service members in a multitude of maritime, combat, and peace keeping operations. He is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious USSOCOM Patriot Award for significant and enduring support for USSOCOM’s wounded warriors and their families. He and his wife reside in Silver Spring.

Casey McCabe

Casey McCabe

Casey McCabe is an Army Veteran turned Park Ranger. While enlisted in the Army, she was the Communications Property Manager with S6 (radios, computers, antennas, etc.). During deployment to Iraq, she installed radios in vehicles and ensured Communications were running properly. The skills she learned while serving in the military helped pave the path for her career with the National Park Service (NPS). Casey began her NPS career, through the Pathways Program, as an Administrative Support Assistant, for Rock Creek Park in 2015. McCabe recently took on the new role of Supply Management Specialist at National Mall and Memorial Parks in D.C. McCabe grew up in Montgomery County, graduating from the Academy of the Holy Cross in 2005 and earning her Associate degree from Montgomery College.  View full profile

Trinity R. Nelson and Service Dog York

Trinity R. Nelson

Trinity Nelson served during the Global War of Terrorism era as a Gunnery Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. She enlisted in May 2000 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina.  She graduated from 4 th  Battalion, November Company, Series 4024, Platoon 4025. Her Military Occupational Skill (MOS) was 5831, Corrections Specialist.  This MOS entailed in-taking, supervising, and releasing military prisoners from all branches and ranks of every service. Nelson was medically retired from the Marine Corps in February 2015 after 14 ½ years of service. Her husband, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jody R. Nelson (Ret.), passed away in March 2015 from Neuroendocrine Small Cell Carcinoma. Together they have one son, Caleb. Nelson and her son currently live in Damascus, Maryland. Pictured with Nelson is her service dog York, whom she received from Hero Dogs View full profile

 
LaMont Nowlin

LaMont A. Nowlin

LaMont Nowlin served in the U.S. Navy in OIF and OEF. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, Montgomery College, and University of Maryland University College.

 

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Senator William C. Smith, Jr.

William C. Smith, Jr.

William Smith, Jr. is a lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserves and is a Maryland State Senator. In 2019, Senator Smith deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, serving in Kabul, Afghanistan. Senator Smith is a graduate from the College of William and Mary, earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from William and Mary. Senator Smith was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in November 2014 and was appointed to the Maryland Senate in December 2016. He is a member of the Senate’s Legislative Black Caucus and in December 2019 was appointed chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.  Currently resides in Silver Spring. View full profile

 
 
Anneke Vandenbroek

Anneke Vandenbroek

Dr. Anneke Vandenbroek served in the U.S. Army from 1998 to 2002. She was a recipient of the Army Health Professions Scholarship for her doctorate in psychology and entered active duty in June 1998. She completed her internship at Fort Gordon, Georgia and then served as Division Psychologist for the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. She completed her tour at Tripler Army Medical Center as a Captain. Dr. Vandenbroek continued to work as a psychologist serving the military as a civilian employee at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She is now Senior Vice President and Clinic Director for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals. She currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina and subsequently served as an Infantryman and Scout Sniper with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines (1989-1993) in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  From 1994 to 2010, Wilson served in both the North Carolina Army National Guard and Virginia Army National Guard (VANG) as a Military Police Officer, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Operations Non-Commissioned Officer.  During this time, he was deployed to Kosovo in 2004 and deployed in 2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served with the VANG as a Military Police Platoon Sergeant supporting the training mission of Iraqi Police Officers. Wilson retired in 2010 as Sergeant First Class. He currently is an appointed Commissioner with the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs and is a member of the Gaithersburg-Rockville (MD) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.  Wilson is currently a resident of Germantown, Maryland.  View full profile

 
 
Zhao Zhang

Zhao Zhang

Zhao Zhang enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Cavalry Scout. After completing basic training at Harmony Church, Ft Benning, Georgia, Zhang was assigned as a Scout Javelin Gunner with 1st Combat Brigade, 82nd Airborne. In 2016, Zhang deployed with the 82nd to Kabul, Afghanistan, as a Team Leader, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Manager, and Operations Officer in support of Operations Freedom's Sentinel. After his active service separation, Zhang transitioned into the Maryland National Guard (MDNG) Officer Candidate Program and earned his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. Zhang is currently serving as a Military Intelligence Officer with the MDNG. Zhang immigrated from China to Montgomery County with his family in 2003. He graduated from Quince Orchard High School and earned his Criminology and Criminal Justice Degree from the University of Maryland College Park in 2014. Zhang currently works for Aging and Disability Services under the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. He resides with his wife in Germantown, Maryland.



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