CONNOLLY, Walter R.
Air National Guard
Senior Master Sgt. Walter R. Connolly has been named First Sergeant of the Year for 2016. Selection was based on the individual's exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, teamwork ethic, personal achievements, and record of community service and support. Connolly is currently serving as a first sergeant with 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, Ohio. He has served in the military for 19 years. Connolly is the husband of Sheryl S. Connolly of Sylvania. He is a 1981 graduate of Central Catholic High School, Toledo. He earned a master's degree in 1996 from the University of Toledo. (1/30/17)
COE, Adam B.
Air National Guard
Airman 1st Class Adam B. Coe has been named 180th Fighter Wing Outstanding Airman of the Year. Selection was based on the individual's exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, teamwork ethic, personal achievements, and record of community service and support. Coe is currently serving as a cyber systems operations journeyman with 180Th Communications Flight, 180Th Fighter Wing, Ohio. He has served in the military for 2 years. Coe is the son of Jennifer L. and Chuck B. Coe of Maumee, and brother of Eric C. Coe of Toledo. He is a 2014 graduate of Maumee High School, Maumee. (1/26/17)
WRIGHT, Steven N.
Air National Guard
Master Sgt. Steven N. Wright has been named Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for the 180th Fighter Wing. Selection was based on the individual's exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, teamwork ethic, personal achievements, and record of community service and support. Wright is currently serving as a crew chief with 180th Fighter Wing., Toledo Ohio Air National Guard, Ohio. He has served in the military for 11 years. Wright is the son of Gary L. and Nellie E. Wright of Bloomville, Ohio., brother of Kevin L. Wright of Waterville, husband of Megan E. Wright of Waterville, and father of Logan and Ethan. He is a 2006 graduate of Ashland Crestview High School, Ashland, Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2017 from the University of Toledo. (1/26/17)
Petty Officer 1st Class John Zion is a native of Toledo and graduated High School from Temecula Valley High School. He was recently selected as 2015 Sailor of the Year aboard USS Decatur. He is entitled to wear the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), Humanitarian Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (four awards) and various other service and unit awards. (1/14/16)
Toledo native serving aboard U.S. Navy destroyer, April 29, 2016
SAN DIEGO – A 2012 Roy C Start High School graduate and Toledo, Ohio native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Milius.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Monet Brooks is a culinary specialist aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer operating out of San Diego, California.
A Navy culinary specialist is responsible for providing nutritious meals for the crew.
“I see everyone on the ship because of my job,” said Brooks. “I love interacting with them.”
With a crew of over 300 sailors, jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the destroyer running smoothly, according to Navy officials. The jobs range from washing dishes and preparing meals to maintaining engines and handling weaponry.
“It's a really cool job,” said Brooks. “Not many people can do this. Who else can say they wake up everyday and are able to go to work on a ship?”
Challenging living conditions build strong fellowship among the crew, Navy officials explained. The crew is highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.
“Serving in the Navy means a lot to me,” added Brooks. “Where I come from is so small, not everybody is able to get out of the town. I was able to do just that by having this job."
Toledoan leads USS Toledo’s return from deployment, April 27, 2016GROTON, Conn. – The Los Angeles-class, nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN 769) returned to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. from a regularly scheduled deployment, Monday, April 25.
Under the command of, Toledo native, Cmdr. Micheal Majewski, USS Toledo and crew returned from a deployment to the U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility where they executed the Chief of Naval Operations’ maritime strategy in supporting national security interests and maritime security operations.
“The crew performed amazingly well,” said Majewski. “When we found out that we were extended on deployment, to a man, everyone took it in stride and rose to the challenge, because everyone on the crew knows how important the mission is.”
Cmdr. Michael Majewski has served in the Navy for 25 years. He is a 1990 Roy C. Start High School graduate, a 1996 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, 2003 Penn State graduate, and 2008 Joint Forces Staff College graduate.
Majewski was born and raised in Toledo, and has a majority of friends and family that live in the Toledo area, including his daughter attending the University of Toledo.
During the deployment Toledo steamed approximately 31,000 nautical miles, or 35,650 standard miles, equal to nearly one and a half trips around the world at the equator or just over six round trips between New London, Conn., to San Diego. Toledo conducted port visits in Bahrain, Rota, Spain, Toulon, France and Jebel Ali and Duqm, United Arab Emirates, as well as Souda Bay, Crete, Greece.
BRIESCHKE, Cody D.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cody D. Brieschke graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Brieschke is the son of Bonnie and Donald Brieschke of Sylvania, Ohio. He is also the brother of Kyle Brieschke and Blake Brieschke. The airman graduated in 2009 from Northview High School, Sylvania. (2/23/17)
BENNETT, Allison A.
Airman Allison A. Bennett graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Bennett is the daughter of Alan and Juanita Bennett of Lasalle, Mich. She is a 2016 graduate of Helix High School, San Diego, Calif. (2/23/17)
WOOD, Payton B.
Airman Payton B. Wood graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Wood is the daughter of Tracie and William Wood of Adrian, Mich. She is also the sister of Taylor Wood and Lyndon Wood. The airman graduated in 2014 from Sand Creek High School, Adrian, Mich. (2/23/17)
LAWSON, Robert L.
Air Force Reserve
Airman 1st Class Robert L. Lawson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Lawson is the son of Lula M. Shelton of Toledo. He is a 2016 graduate of Morrison R. Waite High School, Toledo. (1/19/17)
HUEBNER, Adam J.
Airman Adam J. Huebner graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Huebner is the son of Casandra Muszynski and Adam Huebner and step-son of Jeffery Muszynski and Meline Huebner, all of Toledo. He graduated in 2016 from Whitmer High School, Toledo. (1/17/17)
KRETZ, Kevin L.
Airman Kevin L. Kretz graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Kretz is the son of Dan and Cindy Kretz of Toledo, and brother of Stephen Kretz of Toledo, and Tony Kretz of Anchorage, Alaska. He is a 2012 graduate of Toledo Technology Academy, Toledo. (1/12/17)
RANES, Noah M.
Airman Noah M. Ranes graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Ranes is the son of Connie S. and Sean M. Ranes of Toledo. He is a 2016 graduate of Maumee High School, Maumee. (1/12/17)