AFRL names 11 military award winners
By , 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 18, 2013
DENVER -- The Aurora Chamber of Commerce's Defense Council honored 11 military members and one civilian from the community during the organization's 37th Annual Armed Forces Recognition Luncheon June 14 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver.
More than 600 business and community leaders attended the luncheon.
The keynote speaker was retired Gen. Craig R. McKinley, National President of the Air Force Association and former Chief of the National Guard Bureau.
"To all of you in uniform -- whether you are Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard -- thank you all for your service. I am proud of the dedication of the service members here today," said McKinley has he talked about sequestration, technology improvements, the volunteer force and wounded warriors.
"America is a resilient nation," stated McKinley. "We don't give up. The next generation is the greatest generation that we will recognize today."
The awardees in each service and component category included the following:
Active-duty Air Force
Tech. Sgt. Ranier Raqueno, Space Operations Wing, Aerospace Data Facility-Colorado
Air Force Reserve
Tech. Sgt. Murjani Law, Air Reserve Personnel Center
Sgt. Jordan Nwajei, 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion
Spc. Doug Schmidt, A Company, 98th Expeditionary Signal Battalion
Petty Officer Josue Orantes, Navy Operations Support Center
Petty Officer 2nd Class Theresa Able, NOSC
Active-duty Marine Corps
Sgt. Renata Rock, Company A, Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion
Marine Corps Reserve
Sgt. Keshi Solano, 5th Bn., 14th Marine Regiment
Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Jackson, Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Colorado
Colorado Army National Guard
Staff Sgt. Hans Blenkers, HHC, 147th Brigade Support Battalion
Colorado Air National Guard
Tech. Sgt. Shawn Thomason, 140th Maintenance Squadron
Also, Tom Allee with Frontier Airlines was presented the Bob Cardenas Award for his support of the military in the region.
"This luncheon is our way of recognizing the members of the Armed Forces -- Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard -- throughout Northern Colorado including the Denver-Aurora area," said Defense Council Chair Lisa Buckley, American Automation. "They make a great contribution to our community and to our nation."