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Military Nominees (Active & Veterans)

Despite military experience and more, Robin Bell felt institutional racism was depriving him of one job after another. So he created his own business, began employing other veterans and working to break down barriers to success forthe disadvantaged.

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I love the experience that the military offered. But there are times in the military that I was not provided the best atmosphere our best resources for me.

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A former military veteran who served the United States Army for almost 20 years and 8 years as DoD. She is also one of the recipients of the Pike Peak Community College 50th Promise Scholarship.

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My perspective of patriotism is that it should be determined and valued in how we treat each other and how we value and teach future generations.

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Patriotism is having pride in the United States. Being an American is as about holding up the values.

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I am a Cadet at the United States Air Force Academy.  This is my Junior year. I am majoring in Management.

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I was the guy they came to get everything from toilet paper to a tank. I also had to account for all the items on the property book.

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Patriotism is supporting our country, which means to stay united, be inclusive.  Respecting others  differences doesn’t mean you are deficient. 

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If you are going to take the opportunity to serve your country understand which branch of the service suits you best

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To me, patriotism is your willingness to serve and die if necessary for others for a greater cause.

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Patriotism is selfless service, someone who loves their country! I also believe that there are challenges in today’s climate that makes it difficult to feel patriotic.

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My prospective of Patriotism is continued support through devotion by serving America’s Hero’s as I work for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA hospital).  

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I bleed red, white, and blue, but I understand that we are not treated equally as black men. So my focus was to do a good job in the military to come out and have a good job and a good life for my family.

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My love, my devotion for being a United States Army soldier. Being a part of something much bigger than me has helped me grow in so many ways.  I hope that I can give the Army 20 years one day.

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Patriotism, in my definition, is the act of not only being loyal to one’s country, but to acknowledge how this country came to be. It is the act of accepting the horrific events in the past, and using the lessons from the past to build upon a brighter future.

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I believe patriotism is a defense of what the nation should be in the face of the shortfalls of equity and inclusion experienced by minority military members.

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I knew when I enlisted that the US Constitution was NOT written for people who looked like me.

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The military has taught me to be open-minded in trying out new things, meeting new people, and visiting different places.

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Joining the military is a popular option for a mom trying to make a better life for herself and her kids. You really have to weigh that option out.

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patriotism is an interesting topic given this country’s history with African Americans. So in my opinion, it is always somewhat difficult to express what patriotism truly means to me…I’m ultimately protecting this country and my loved ones who reside in it, from enemies foreign and domestic and that what it boils down to for me.

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I believe a patriot is someone that has love or devotion to their country.  I love what I got to do for my country. I appreciate the opportunities my service has afforded me.

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 I learned many lessons during my military service, but the biggest lesson l learned was taking responsibility for my own life and actions.

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Enlisting in 1952, Clinton entered during a time of segregation and discrimination. He had to overcome a lot of adversity as he worked his way up the ranks, eventually retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant.

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The military has had a major impact on my life. It’s taught me leadership, ethics, essential core values and most importantly how to apply all of these characteristics in my everyday life.

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Freedom isn’t free and I think people in this country don’t appreciate the military as much as they should, I feel that they don’t realize the sacrifice.

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Being in the military is not like other career paths, it has not only pushed me to be better as a person but as a father and dad.

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I am a son of a World War II veteran, which taught me honor, respect, and unselfishness.

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This veteran served in the Navy and loves giving back to her community as a minister of the faith.

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Patriotism is about respecting the country and people.  Allowing everyone a fair and even voice.

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Joining the Air force at 17 was the start of his great adventure. He says he was happy to see the world and through the good and bad, it satisfied his curiosity.

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I saw an opportunity to fulfill my childhood dreams to dance all night, go to Paris, buy fashionable outfit and see all of the places I studied in my History classes. God fulfilled all of my wishes!!!

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Patriotism is not about cloth. People get too wrapped up in symbols of patriotism, that they have no idea what it means to be a “Patriot.”

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My brother was in the Marines and I initially wanted to follow his footsteps, but he told me I should got into the Air Force. I went to college for a year then decided to take his suggestion.

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As for the biggest lesson I learned while serving, I would say that there are no excuses. You do the job and are recognized for success; you mess up and take accountability, relearn, and keep going because the world is not going to throw you a pity party.

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There are different types of people who go into the military. For me, it was supposed to be a stepping stone to weather a bad economic environment. Get what I want and then I’ll get out and go pursue my career.

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“We have been loyal to this country, and we fought in every war, so it’s time for us to be loyal to each other. ”

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In 1969, I was drafted into the armed forces. This was during the Vietnam era and when young black boys were drafted into the U.S. Army.

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“I see things differently now than I did when I joined the Army, and I am still proud to be an American.”

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Patriotism is learning to love the country in which I served for 20 years despite its shortcomings. It means being able to teach my children not to lose faith in our justice system.

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“If I don’t serve to protect those I love, who will? ”

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A retired Command Sergeant Major, who was in charge of Fort Carson with 24,000 soldiers underneath him.

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Patriotism to me is to Stand by Your Country. To stand by your people no matter what color they are, red, black, orange, green, regardless.

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Air Force Command, Assistant Director of Operational Inspections

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System Integration Office, and assistant deputy chief of staff, systems integration,
logistics and support, U.S. Air Force Space Command

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The Vice Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He serves as chief operations officer and executive advisor to the Superintendent. He is the principal coordinating agent for all command matters.

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The Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He directs a four-year regimen of military training, academics, athletic and character development programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force or United States Space Force.

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Serving your country with a purpose to make it better for the next generation of military personnel and leaving you mark on the service provided.

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While I don’t wrap myself in an American flag and run around yelling, “America, America!” I did feel it was my duty to serve my country.

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Sharai Johnson is the founder of WeAssist, a Colorado based company that strives to support businesses by matching them to administrative professionals and providing long-term opportunities for professional candidates in the United States, that wouldn’t traditionally have access to remote work or are underutilized due to non-flexibility.

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It’s about being versatile, being strong. It’s about not letting people hold you back and understanding that there are challenges being a woman in the Military.

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I did become more patriotic while I was in the Air Force because I appreciated some of the opportunities that it gave me

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Shunna has always been an outstanding example for service members and women to follow. She is honest and cares about all around her.

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Yes, serving has made me a better person and I have made lifelong friends, brothers and sisters in arms.

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I think patriotism is about a commitment and a responsibility to make the country better no matter where you sit.

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PureLee Redefined enhances your organic beauty at the intersection of art and science.

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Colonel Colvin was a Senior Navigator with nearly 2,000 flying hours. He served as a B-52 Instructor, and Standardization and Evaluation Electronic Warfare Officer, squadron commander…

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The Military helped me be a more well-rounded leader because I understood that there are multiple perspectives on any topic.

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“You’re not a patriot just because you hang your American Flag. You are a patriot when you are fighting for the greater good within your country despite all the odds against you.”

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Lauren Penn has been healing people for more than twenty-five years. She was born with an innate gift to quickly discern the root cause of a person’s ailments and devise an effective plan of care to cure and restore them.

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I am a professional speaker who helps individuals find their story, and I facilitate the brilliance in the room.

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