Honor your hero

FLORIDA TODAY salutes the men and women deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan or serving in the military elsewhere, whether abroad or at home.

There are 432 Hometown Heroes!
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Adam Randolph

Date Submitted: 12 - 24 - 2013
Brevard County Connection: Bayside High School graduate
Branch: U.S. Navy
Rank: Petty Officer 2nd Class
Comments: Adam graduated from Bayside High School in 2008. He spent a year at BCC and decided to enlist. He chose the U.S. Navy and successfully completed the Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC. From there he moved to Ballston Spa, NY to finish his training before being stationed in Hawaii. He is now underway for his first deployment. The boat he is assigned to is the USS Houston, fast attack sub, currently deployed in the Pacific Ocean region with the 7th Fleet. Adam has served his country for almost four years now.
Unit: 613
Home Base: Honolulu, Hawaii
Serving How Long: 3 yrs 9 months
Where Serving: Pacific Ocean
Current Assignment: USS Houston
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Kevin Case

Date Submitted: 12 - 23 - 2013
Brevard County Connection: Case is a 1996 graduate of Merritt Island High. He has family in Brevard, including grandparents
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: Sergeant first class
Comments: Case has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and has served in Germany, Fort Carson, Colo., and Fort Riley, Kan. He is married to Natalie Trieb and they have two daughters.
Unit:
Home Base: Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.
Serving How Long: Since August 1996
Where Serving: Savannah, Ga.
Current Assignment: Hunter Army Airfield
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Krystle Humes

Date Submitted: 12 - 23 - 2013
Brevard County Connection: Humes is a 2008 graduate of Space Coast Jr. /Sr. High. He parents Alan and Tara Humes live in Cocoa
Branch: U.s. Air Force
Rank: Staff sergeant
Comments: Humes comes from a family of Air Force service members. Her sister and brother are serving, and both of her parents have served in the Air Force
Unit: 48th Dental Squadron
Home Base: RAF Lakenheath, England
Serving How Long: Since 2009
Where Serving: RAF Lakenheath
Current Assignment: 48th Dental Squadron
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Tyler Webb

Date Submitted: 12 - 23 - 2013
Brevard County Connection: Webb is a 2013 graduate of Cocoa High. His family lives in Cocoa
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Rank: Private first class
Comments: Webb joined the Marine Corps shortly after high school graduation.
Unit: (advanced infantry training)
Home Base: Camp Geiger, N.C.
Serving How Long: Since shortly after high school graduation 2013
Where Serving: Camp Geiger, N.C.
Current Assignment: advanced infantry training
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Manuel Romo

Date Submitted: 12 - 23 - 2013
Brevard County Connection: Romo was home schooled in Brevard. His parents Felipe and Maria Romo live in Melbourne
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: Sergeant
Comments: Romo has served 10 years in the Army. He has served in Korea and Iraq and is now serving in Tucson, Az
Unit: Foothills Recruiting Station
Home Base: Phoenix Recruiting Battalion
Serving How Long: 10 years
Where Serving: Tucson, Az
Current Assignment: recruiter
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Jason Nadle

Date Submitted: 11 - 01 - 2013
Brevard County Connection: Nadle is from Cocoa, where his parents, Clause and Janice Nadle live.
Branch: U.S. Air Force
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Comments: Nadle earned his wings and is training on the E-3 Sentry AWACS
Unit: 552nd Air Control Wing
Home Base: Tinker Air Force Base, Ok
Serving How Long: Since May 2012
Where Serving: Tinker Air Force Base
Current Assignment: training on the E-3 Sentry
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Megan Donahue

Date Submitted: 11 - 01 - 2013
Brevard County Connection: 2005 graduate of West Shore Jr. Sr. High; her parents, Brian and Patricia Dunahue, live in West Melbourne
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: Captain
Comments: Donahue knew she wanted to become a doctor since she was very young. She recently graduated from medical school
Unit: Brooke Army Medical Center
Home Base: Brooke
Serving How Long: Since 2009
Where Serving: Brooke Army Medical Center
Current Assignment: medical intenship
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Frank Schaffroth

Date Submitted: 11 - 01 - 2013
Brevard County Connection: 2013 graduate of Heritage High School; parents, Ken and Robin Schaffroth live in Palm Bay
Branch: U.S. Navy
Rank: Airman
Comments: Schaffroth wanted to serve in the military like his father, Ken Schaffroth, who served in the Air Force
Unit: Advanced Training NAS Pensacola
Home Base: NAS Pensacola
Serving How Long: Since July
Where Serving: NAS Pensacola
Current Assignment: advanced Training
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Sidonie Wade

Date Submitted: 10 - 18 - 2013
Brevard County Connection: 2007 graduate of Eau Gallie High; Parents, Robert and Colette Wade live in Melbourne
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: Specialist
Comments: Wade earned a bachelors degree in music from Florida State University and a masters in music from university of Rochester Eastman School of Music before joining the Army.
Unit: U.S. Army Band Pershings Own
Home Base: Fort Myer, Va.
Serving How Long: less than a year
Where Serving: Fort Myer, Va.
Current Assignment: U.S. Army Band Pershings Own
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Trevor Williams

Date Submitted: 09 - 23 - 2013
Brevard County Connection: 2013 graduate of Viera High. His parents, retired Lt. Col. Cynthia Watkins and retired Maj. Tim Pishdad, as well as grandparents, retired CW3 Amir and Josephine Pishdad, live in Viera,
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Rank: Private first class
Comments: The youngest son of our family, he decided to go into the “Family Business” his junior year in high school. He has two parents and two grandparents that served in/retired from the US Army, an uncle who is a retired Marine, an uncle who is a retired Navy SEAL, a brother who is an US Army Afghan veteran and a brother currently serving in the US Air Force. PFC Williams was a wrestler all four years at Viera High School, a member of the Academy of Business and Finance, and very active in Army JROTC, as well as with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Explorers. We are proud to watch him follow his dream of becoming a US Marine. On 16 August 2013, he graduated from Marine Corps Recruiting Depot – Parris Island as a member of the Honor Platoon 3057, Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion. SEMPER FI!
Unit: Charlie Company, Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC
Home Base: Camp Lejeune, NC
Serving How Long: Since May 2013
Where Serving: School of Infantry, Camp Geiger, NC
Current Assignment: Charlie Co, ITB, Camp Geiger, NC
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