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As we quickly approach Thanksgiving and the holiday season, we wanted to take time to stop and say thank you to all of our veterans for Veterans Day. It’s an important time for us to celebrate the service of all United States military veterans.
Our Sain Associates family has several family members who have served or are currently serving. We want to honor them on this Veterans Day and encourage you to remember those in your life who are veterans too.
Sain’s Jenny McClellan honors her son, Elec McClellan, who is in Active Service for the Army National Guard. Elec is a student at UAB studying Computer Programming/Science and is also in the ROTC program. Once he finishes the fall semester, he will be going to boot camp in Columbia, SC.
Brandon Denny honors his grandfather, Clyde Blythe, who is a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII and his father, Keith Denny, a U.S. Air Force Veteran.
Kelley Roberts, Sain Marketing Coordinator, honors her grandfather, William Douglas Stripling, who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. When Kelly was an Athletics Marketing Intern for the University of Alabama Athletics Marketing, her grandfather was able to raise a flag for one of the school’s softball games because of her position (pictured).
Ben Burmester’s grandfather, Walter Bridges, is a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. Mr. Bridges is a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, a former Prisoner of War, Purple Heart Recipient and retired Jefferson County, Alabama Circuit Judge. After serving his country, he became a father of seven, grandfather of sixteen and great-grandfather of six.
Sain’s GIS Manager, Dan Mellott previously served in the U.S. Army (Active Service: July 1982-June 1984/Army Reserve: July 1984-June 1991). He served as a Signal Intelligence Analyst stationed in Berlin, Germany from 1983-1984 at the height of the Cold War. During his time in the Reserves, he served in an intelligence unit in support of 18th Airborne Corps and 82nd Airborne Division until just after the first Gulf War but was not deployed.
Dan’s brother-in-law, Leonard Brent Smith served in the U.S. Army National Guard from March 2002 to March 2010. He did a tour of duty in the Second Iraq War from March 2003 to March 2004 as part of first Enduring Freedom Operation. Brent was a truck driver hauling supplies to and from the front lines, and he received the Army Achievement and Army Commendation Medals.
Dan’s father-in-law, Douglas James Smith is also a veteran of the U.S. Army. He served during the Vietnam War from March 1962 to March 1964. He also served in the Honor Guard at Ft. Benning, GA overseeing burial details of soldiers killed during the Vietnam War.
Dan’s nephew, Jason Propst is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in Afghanistan from January 2006 to April 2007 with the 82nd Airborne Division. He served in forward positions in the mountains of Afghanistan in search of Taliban strongholds.
Laura Beth Yates honors her grandfather, David Homer Myer, Sr., who is a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. After serving his country in Korea, Mr. Myer attended Jacksonville State University and obtained his degree in chemistry while working to support his family. He was a member of the Gideons and a deacon in his church for many years and has always been one of the most Godly and hardest-working people Laura Beth knows.
Sain Principals, Jim and Joe Meads, honor their uncle, Jack Wade, although uncle doesn’t quite tell the story. He was like a father to Jim and Joe in place of an absentee father. (See “A tribute to my hero” for more.) Mr. Wade is a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII and was on a U.S. Navy ship in the Pacific Ocean. “Uncle Jack” has been married to Maxine Wade (“Aunt Mac”) for 64 years. He is a loving husband and father figure and has three grandchildren.
Sain Transportation Designer, Lauren Nickles, honors her brother, Jason Spruiell, AM2 (AW) of the U.S. Navy. He has completed 8 years of active service and recently re-enlisted for 6 more. He was recently CAPed for his great work in aviation and received the Blue Jacket of the Quarter Award and received Flag LOC.
Sain Senior Project Manager, Jeff Stephenson, honors his father, Hodge L. Stephenson, Jr., a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served during Vietnam while stationed in Taiwan. He served four years as an aircraft mechanic. He is a Retired Field Accountant for TVA and is now an Adult Education Instructor at Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette.
Jeff also honors his grandfather, Robert D. Johnson, Sr., also a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He served during the Korean Conflict as an aircraft mechanic. His career in the Air Force started around 1950 and continued through the late 1970s. He ranked as a Senior Master Sergeant. Over the years, he was stationed in France, Thailand, England, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. He flew in air shows at Holloman AFB in New Mexico and was an active member of Civil Air Patrol.