December 19th, 2019
HMC Remembers and Honors Fallen Heroes This Holiday Season
On Saturday, December 14, employees and residents of Hunt Military Communities participated in National Wreaths Across America Day at several locations throughout the country. Each year, wreath-laying ceremonies take place at cemeteries nationwide as volunteers gather to remember and honor the millions of men and women who sacrificed so much to protect and serve our country.
At HMC we’re more than just a company, we’re veterans and families ourselves. We’re a community of people who serve the men and women who serve our nation. Our workplace is home to thousands of active duty service members and their families and with that comes a unique level of understanding of their experiences.
We understand how difficult the holiday season can be for families of fallen soldiers or service members on active duty and are happy to support them in any way possible. We value the opportunity to volunteer with Wreaths Across America and participate in such a powerful and important tribute to military members and their families. This holiday season, HMC encourages you to remember and honor our service members and their families in any way you can.
Since 2005, Wreaths Across America, a national non-profit, and its network of volunteers have worked hard to ensure that our nation's fallen heroes are remembered during the holidays. Each balsam wreath placed on the grave of a veteran represents a living tribute of honor, respect and appreciation.
November 30th, 2019
Dan, U.S. Army Reserve, Retired
“As a veteran, I believe my service in the Army has helped me to appreciate the opportunity and freedom we have in our country. ” — Dan, U.S. Army Reserve, Retired
Dan is grateful for the lessons he learned from serving in the U.S. Army Reserve — He learned to accept challenges and provide leadership in his job and home. He learned how to stand up for what he believes in. Most importantly, he learned to value his family, colleagues, and his country above his own needs.
November 30th, 2019
Thank you to all of the veterans and their families who have shared their stories with us throughout the month of November! We’re proud to serve those who have dedicated their lives to serve our country and keep us safe, each and every single day.
November 29th, 2019
Dreamer, Daughter and Sister of U.S. Marine Corps service members, and Community Manager at Barksdale Family Housing
“Even though we were thousands of miles apart we were always ONE family.” — Dreamer, Daughter and Sister of U.S. Marine Corps service members, and Community Manager at Barksdale Family Housing.
Dreamer feels pride when she identifies herself as a Military Brat. As a Marine Corps daughter and sister almost her entire adolescent life, she memorized her family’s motto, without fail: “Once a Marine always a Marine.”
Those words helped her feel close to her brother and father when they were away for holidays, even though they were thousands of miles apart. She even found comfort in this phrase when her brother, pictured here, sadly passed away in 2017.
Dreamer feels that her core values were instilled in her from being a military child; strength, understanding, respect, compassion, flexibility and, most importantly, family. She has carried them on to this day, in her current work with Hunt Military Communities.
November 28th, 2019
Jaime LaRoche, our Director of Operations for Hunt Military Communities
This Thanksgiving, Jaime LaRoche, our Director of Operations for Hunt Military Communities, honors her fellow veterans by reflecting on her experience in the military. Read more on her story from Authority Magazine here.
November 27th, 2019
Larry, U.S. Army Military Police Corps, ‘86-’96
“As a veteran of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, I’m reminded about the sacrifices that all veterans have made for this country to protect our freedoms.” — Larry, U.S. Army Military Police Corps, ‘86-’96
Larry served as a part of the U.S. Army Military Corps for 10 years. He feels forever impacted by his role during his active duty in Panama, helping other police officers to re-establish peace, and to train new police officers in the area. To this day, Larry feels a sense of accomplishment, knowing that he played a crucial part during his mission.
Larry now serves as Post Commander for the American Legion, and feels an even deeper appreciation for veterans serving abroad to protect the U.S. and its liberties.
November 26th, 2019
Ian has proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years
Ian has proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. While on active duty, some of his fondest moments included building camaraderie among his shipmates as they traveled.
“My proudest moment while in the military was meeting my bride while stationed in Long Beach, CA, and raising a family together while moving to various stations all over the world. I tricked her into joining me on my journey and promised we’d be able to move back to where we met in Southern California, but as it turns out the Navy had different plans for us that did not include returning to Long Beach. Fortunately, neither of us regret it at all.”
November 25th, 2019
Nancy “Drill Sergeant Jordan” Tillman, U.S. Army ‘82 - ’92
“The Army taught me everything is possible and I’m as strong as I push myself to be. No Regrets!” - Nancy “Drill Sergeant Jordan” Tillman, U.S. Army ‘82 - ’92
After becoming a mother at a young age, Nancy didn’t know where her life would take her. She decided to enlist in the U.S. Army and never looked back.
After 10 years of active service, Nancy takes pride in having raised her daughters as she traveled the world - spanning from Germany to South Korea. She now cherishes her life of service with her dog and her three children — including Freddie Jordan James, who serves as the Community Director at Keesler Air Force Base
November 24th, 2019
Kamron Ibarra, Training Manager at Hunt Military Communities
“I can’t listen to Pomp and Circumstance without melting. I have a deep connection with the military through my husband and my job.” — Kamron Ibarra, Training Manager at Hunt Military Communities
Kamron is no stranger to making service to this country a central part of her life.
Kamron’s husband, John, is a U.S. Army veteran. John served as a Tanker and a Tank Commander for more than 26 years, and was deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and twice in Korea as a part of his active duty.
Kamron has a very deep connection with the military, not only being married to a veteran but also through the work she does at Hunt Military Communities.
Kamron is a Training Manager for Hunt Military Communities, where she is responsible for training more than 950 people across all positions. She takes pride in her hands-on approach to her work and her unique experiences as a military spouse helps her connect with many of HMC’s residents on a personal level.
November 23rd, 2019
Gary - U.S. Air Force for 29 years
Gary served in the U.S. Air Force for 29 years, working mostly in aircraft maintenance. During that time, he traveled all over the world, from Western Europe to Southeast Asia. While in service, Gary found himself amassing “old war stories” during his time in active duty. Today, he enjoys sharing these treasured stories with his friends and co-workers.
Gary served alongside some of our country’s best. Today he serves military members and their families as a Maintenance Manager at Barksdale Family Housing.
November 22nd, 2019
Jeff and Joe Meuller, U.S. Air Force, Retired
“We are proud to come from a family that has a history of military service." ~ Jeff and Joe Meuller, U.S. Air Force, Retired.
Jeff and Joe Meuller are proud to hail from a family whose history is rich with military service.
They remember their father, Robert Mueller Sr., who had jump-started his career the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, from which he continued his service in the Navy for 24 years through WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
Robert's service inspired his own children, Jeff and Joe, who joined the Air Force in 1976, and their sister Judy, who later joined the Navy for the Vietnam War.
Their service has continued to inspire future generations -- including Jeff's son, Jeff Jr., who joined the Air Force in 2005 and served honorably for six years.
November 21st, 2019
Jeff and Joe Mueller, U.S. Air Force, Retired
“Serving our country and supporting our military families has been a satisfying and rewarding opportunity.” — Jeff and Joe Mueller, U.S. Air Force, Retired
Jeff and Joe Mueller remember when they first enlisted with the U.S. Air Force in 1976, and celebrated their 18th birthday together during basic training. Both brothers traveled to various bases across the U.S during their storied careers — Jeff eventually served 12 years of active duty split over two rounds in the U.S. Air Force as a part of the civil engineering squadron, while Joe dedicated 20 years of active service in the U.S. Air Force in the Missile Maintenance Squadron.
The Mueller brothers can distinctly remember a moment of tension in their family: in 1980, news broke of a missile silo explosion with reported injuries and one death in Damascus, AR, where Joe was stationed at the time. With little to no means of communication between family members, the Mueller Family sat in uncertainty until finally hearing that Joe was uninjured and helping with the recovery efforts.
After retiring from active duty, the Mueller brothers both knew their unique life experiences had prepared them to become a part of Hunt Military Communities. Jeff has worked for Hunt Military Communities for 14 years and is currently the Safety Director for Hunt Military Communities. Joe has worked for Hunt Military Communities for 8 years and is currently the Maintenance Supervisor at Navy Mid South. To this day, the Mueller brothers are proud to continue dedicating their lives to maintaining and supporting the safety of military families.
November 20th, 2019
Peter, U.S. Navy ‘65-’67
“I am proud to have served in the United States Navy. It changed my life forever.” - Peter, U.S. Navy ‘65-’67
In October 1965, 21-year-old Peter was drafted by the U.S. military during the height of the Vietnam War — he decided to join the Navy, where he served for two years.
Some of Peter’s most vivid memories of his time in the Navy were of the connections he made with fellow draftees, as they were put through an accelerated boot camp of only five weeks against the average 18-week program. He remembers the pride he felt as he listened to Anchors Away at his graduation day.
Immediately after boot camp, Peter was stationed at Naval Degaussing Station in Charleston, SC., where he remained for the full two years. To this day, Peter is grateful for the camaraderie he built with his fellow base members, and the chance to earn his bachelor's degree before the end of his service.
Of all of the opportunities, however, he is most grateful for the chance to meet someone who would become his future wife: a Charleston native living nearby the base. After active duty, they remained in South Carolina to start a family and they now have two sons who have since begun to grow families of their own.
November 19th, 2019
David, U.S. Air Force
David Cuff, a World War II veteran and grandfather to Mandy, an employee at Hunt Military Communities, still has vivid memories of his service in the U.S. Air Force.
To read more about David’s amazing story of service, check out his feature in the Stoughton Courier Hub here.
November 18th, 2019
Greg, United States Navy
Greg served in the United States Navy for four years aboard the USS Carl Vinson as an Aviation Ordnanceman. He now serves as the Maintenance Director at Barksdale Family Housing. Thank you, Greg, for your service and dedication to Hunt Military Communities!
November 17th, 2019
Kevin, Community Director at Langley Family Housing
“As a veteran myself I understand the sacrifices service members and their families make to protect America.” — Kevin, Community Director at Langley Family Housing
In his role, Kevin is often reminded of the diverse and storied lives of the veterans he serves. He can recall a memorable interaction with a resident, a Senior Master Sergeant, who had spent years in service as an Air Force Pararescueman. The resident shared moving stories of his time in active duty, including the times he had survived a helicopter crash and a facial bullet-wound during combat.
Kevin remembers feeling awestruck by the Sargeant’s stories, and thanked him for his service. Kevin feels honored to be able to serve these service members and their families every day of his career.
November 16th, 2019
Rodney, U.S. Air Force & Marine Corps
“Serving in the military is one of the best things a young man or woman could do. I truly believe that giving yourself for the benefit of others is priceless.” - Rodney, U.S. Air Force & Marine Corps
Rodney began his lifelong commitment to service just two weeks after graduating high school when he joined the United States Air Force. During his time, Rodney served as an Air Force Security Policeman at Barksdale Air Force Base for four years.
Soon after his first round of duty concluded, Rodney realized civilian life was not for him and went on to serve in the Marine Corps for more than 21 years. There, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice while on active duty.
After the Marines, Rodney worked with the Milwaukee Police Department for 18 years. He now serves on the Federal Veterans Police Department.
November 15th, 2019
Harold, Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne during WWII, '41-'45
“Flying an American Flag daily was something this man became well-known for. Harold's love of country was apparent and profound.”
His impact reached far beyond that of just his family — he was an active member of not only his local community, but also an outstanding member of the greater military community.
Upon returning home from WWII, he and his wife Mirian became deeply involved with veterans organizations — including The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and mostly prominently, the Military Order of The Purple Heart.
Harold’s service and activism was memorialized at the Memorial Harness Race at Balmoral Park Racetrack, where his family honored the winning racehorse with a Purple-Heart blanket in Harold’s name.
November 14th, 2019
Harold, Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne during WWII, '41-'45
“For Harold it was not about himself, it was about service to his country. He wanted ‘to make it better’ he'd say, for his kids and grandkids. We think of him often as a true American Hero.”
Harold was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne during WWII. He served from 1941-1945, and was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his service.
Although Harold’s family remember his stories of active duty, they remember him best for his strong patriotic spirit and love of his country, family and home. With every Memorial Service or Veterans Day parade in their town, he was there along with his wife, children, and grandchildren — including Mandy, an employee of Hunt Military Communities — to support his community.
November 13th, 2019
Cassie, US Coast Guard, Retired
“I chose to join the military to honor the things I love in life and have been blessed in return.” — Cassie, US Coast Guard, Retired.
Cassie enlisted with the U.S. Coast Guard one week after graduating high school, and served as a Marine Science Technician, 1st Class, during her years in duty. She believes that joining the U.S. Coast Guard was a life-defining choice, and continues to play a large role in her family and community. Her husband is still serving in the U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief Marine Science Technician to this day.
November 12th, 2019
Akaya, Active Duty Navy Electrician Mate from ‘98 - ‘09
This is Ayaka during her tenure as an Active Duty Navy Electrician Mate from ‘98 - ‘09. During her active years, Akaya served at stations in Whidbey Island, Washington and Jacksonville, Florida. Thank you for sharing your proud veteran moment with us!
We’re sharing more stories with Hunt Heroes Foundation this month! Tune in and hear more inspirational stories our service members, past and present, are sharing with us.
November 11th, 2019
Ken, USAF ‘94-’14
“Serving our country was truly the highlight of my life and has made me the person I am today.” - Ken, USAF ‘94-’14, Maintenance Director of Ohana Navy Family Housing Hawaii
Ken served in the United States Air Force as an Executive Flight Attendant, supporting our nation’s leaders, including presidents, vice presidents, and congress members. During his 20 years of service, Ken traveled to six of the seven continents and more than 75 countries.
Two days after the attacks on September 11, 2001, Ken assisted in transporting the FEMA director to New York City. He still recalls the eeriness of approaching the New York airpace and seeing the smoke billowing up from the site where so many innocent people lost their lives. This memory reminds him of why he dedicates his life to service.
Ken joined Hunt Military Communities to give back to the men and women who are currently serving our country by providing them and their families with a safe place to call home.
November 11th, 2019
Happy Veterans Day
Happy Veterans Day from all of us at Hunt Military Communities! We’re grateful and proud to serve and celebrate all of those who have dedicated their service to the United States Military.
To honor our Veterans on Veterans Day and every day, we’ve collected stories of life, love, loss, and service — and are sharing them as a part of the Proud Veteran Coffee Table Book.
All proceeds will be donated to the Hunt Heros Foundation, our non-profit organization that aims to uplift and bring positive change to communities in which we live and work.
November 10th, 2019
Conrad, MSgt, USAF ‘82- ‘04
“I get a big boost just knowing that although I have now been retired for 17 years, my efforts up in Iceland, to this day, are still saving lives.” - Conrad, MSgt, USAF ‘82- ‘04, Resident of Air Force Academy Military Communities
Conrad served in the Air Force and fondly recalls his assignment at the 56th Rescue Squadron at Keflavik Iceland from 1992 to 1994. During his time at this station, Conrad was tasked with repairing four Jolly Green rescue helicopters, one at a time due to a limited number of maintenance resources on the island.
He spent his time slowly growing relationships with item managers in the U.S. and ensured a fully stocked bench by the end of his term. Conrad later discovered that everyone was saved by his unit due to his long-standing effort to keep repairs running smoothly and well-stocked at the Keflavik station.
November 9th, 2019
Bonnie, U.S. Navy Reserve, ‘93 - ‘14
“What serving means to me is pride, honor and integrity. My service is a part of my life I am exceptionally proud of.” - Bonnie, U.S. Navy Reserve, ‘93 - ‘14, Resident of Mid-South Family Housing Community
Bonnie grew up surrounded by the Navy; Her dad had served 23 years of submarine service and had retired a Chief Petty Officer. She was always in awe of how the other Sailors called her father “Chief.”
She remembers loving the way his colleagues said his nickname and decided she wanted to be a “Chief” too. Bonnie ultimately served in the Navy Reserve for 21 years and retired as a Chief Petty Officer — just like her dad.
November 8th, 2019
Chad, U.S. Army, ‘93 - ’98
“Blake’s passing had a monumental impact not only on my family but also on our hometown. My family has since been honored to be known as a patriotic part of our community.” - Chad, U.S. Army, ‘93 - ’98, Environmental and Safety Specialist with Hunt Military Communities
When Chad entered the Army, his three younger brothers looked up to him and admired his decision to serve the country. They watched him serve as they grew up, and eventually two brothers joined service themselves.
One brother, Brad, serves as an E7 in the Active Air force. Chad’s youngest brother, Blake, served in the Marine Corps as a Scout Sniper and sadly passed away three years ago in the line of duty at the age of 26. Chad and Brad remember their brother Blake as they serve in and support the military in his honor today.
The flag in this picture— encased between the photographs of Chad, Brad, and Blake — was raised, flown at half-mast, and lowered by 3rd-grade students at their hometown elementary school in remembrance of Blake.
November 7th, 2019
Chad, U.S. Army, ‘93 -’98
“My Lieutenant had called in a favor to have me flown to the peak of the highest mountain via helicopter to perform the reenlistment ceremony. It was a very proud moment for me.” - Chad, U.S. Army, ‘93 -’98, Environmental and Safety Specialist with Hunt Military Communities
Chad served in the Active Army for 7 years as a Communications Specials/Combat Radioman.
One of Chad’s proudest moments during his service was during his tenure at Fort Irwin National Training Center. Upon Chad’s decision to reenlist for three more years, his lieutenant recognized his service as a soldier with a request to perform the re-enlistment ceremony atop of the highest peak of Death Valley on Tiefort Mountain. He still remembers the moment his helicopter co-pilot held the U.S. Flag as his Lieutenant swore him into his next three years of service.
November 6th, 2019
Jim Curtis, U.S. Marine Corps, ‘80 -’07
“Do the right thing when nobody’s looking” - Jim Curtis, U.S. Marine Corps, ‘80 -’07, National Director of Maintenance & Safety of Hunt Military Communities
Jim Curtis has a story of his own to share! During his active years, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for over 27 years as a Master Gunnery Sergeant and retired in 2007.
After his retirement from the Marine Corps, Jim knew he wanted to continue dedicating his life to helping the U.S. Military —particularly with military families. That’s why he decided to work for Hunt Military Communities. His personal mission is to continue helping families in the best way he can and to foster meaningful connections with fellow service members in his day-to-day operations.
November 5th, 2019
Walter, U.S. Navy ‘75-’77
“I was very fortunate to be stationed in Washington, D.C. during a very difficult time for our great nation.” - Walter, U.S. Navy ‘75-’77
Stay tuned to hear more stories of service from families all month! They’re being supported by our non-profit organization, Hunt Heroes Foundation, which works to uplift families in military communities each and every day.
November 4th, 2019
Keighley, a current member of the U.S. Navy since November 2018
November 3rd, 2019
Norine, U.S. Army, ‘87 - ‘08
“I had signed up for a cause that was bigger than I could ever predict. I am so thankful for my opportunity to serve as a soldier.” - Norine, U.S. Army, ‘87 - ‘08, current employee at Fort Lee Family Housing
Being from a small town in South Carolina, Norine never dreamed that one day she’d see the world as a part of a larger mission, starting with her first duty station overseas in Stuttgart, Germany.
After 21 years and 4 months of service, including two tours in combat and two overseas tours with the U.S. Army, Norine is now a proud member of the Fort Lee Family Housing Community staff. She is still grateful for the values and unforgettable mentors that the journey has brought her.
November 2nd, 2019
Henry, U.S. Air Force ‘68 - ‘72
“I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the men and women of the United States Air Force, for whom I aspired to follow their lead.” - Henry, U.S. Air Force ‘68 - ‘72, Senior Project Manager with Hunt Military Communities
Henry grew up hearing stories about his father and three uncles’ service in the U.S. Military in WWII and remembers being enthralled by their missions in the Pacific Theater as he listened to their tales as a young boy.
In the footsteps of his family members before him, Henry joined the U.S. Air Force in 1968. During his post at Tuy Hoa AB,RVN, Henry was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his courage in combat. He has devoted 47 years to serving the country through active duty and military support and continues to dedicate his life as a Senior Project Manager with Hunt Military Communities.
November 1st, 2019
November is Month of the Military Family!
To celebrate, we’ve got 30 days, and 30 stories to tell from families and service members from across the U.S. Military. Join us as we share their stories all month! This campaign is run in conjunction with our non-profit organization, Hunt Heroes Foundation.