Every year on November 11th we honor our nation’s Veterans; the silent heroes that have pledged an oath to protect our country, the ones who have spent numerous days and years away from their family and loved ones, the men and women who risk their lives so we can live free. Our Veterans are all around us; in line at the sandwich shop, picking out tomatoes at the grocery store, even living right next door. Furthermore, just about everyone knows a Veteran; they may be your grandfather, father, mother, sister, brother, friend or co-worker.
Just the other day on a flight back from the Coffee, Tea & Water show in Washington D.C., I randomly struck up conversation with the gentleman sitting next to me on the plane. We discovered that we live only a few miles apart from each other in Macomb Township, are both big animal lovers and that his wife and I share the same name. He shared an interesting fact with me; Macomb Township and Macomb County were named after Alexander Macomb, a Commanding General of the U.S. Army in the 1800’s. He had been researching notable Veterans from Michigan in preparation for the numerous Veterans Day speeches he would be making. Intrigued, I wanted to know more about his involvement with the military. I learned that he was a very high-ranking member of the U.S. Air Force and is currently stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. I expressed my appreciation to our armed forces and explained to him how both of my grandfathers served in the military, one in the Marine Corp and the other in the Army and that a close friend of mine was going into his last year in the Marine Corp and preparing for his transition into being a civilian again and choosing a career path.
As our plane began its descent into Detroit, we talked more about his military career as well as the type of programs and jobs the military offers to Veterans. I mentioned that 365 has multiple Veterans playing key roles throughout our company and that we are very proud to have them as part of our team.
At this time, our plane landed and although we both got off the same plane, picked up our luggage at baggage claim and left the airport to go home to our families and beloved pets, we would return back to work the next day leading very different lives with extremely different responsibilities.
This thought gave me a greater appreciation for all of the effort and sacrifices my family, friends, co-workers and all members of the military (past and present) have gone through to make it where they are today.
So today and everyday we thank them for their service and the opportunities they have given us! Without all of you we wouldn’t be where we are today and in the case of 365 that includes where we are today as a company!
Special shout out to Don Coburn, Jason Halstead and Justin Palazzolo for your service not only to 365 but also to our country, we salute you!
Don is known for his precision and perfectionism when it comes to Kiosk building.
Sgt. Donald Coburn – United States Marine Corp
Don served from 2005-2011 and was based in Jacksonville, NC at New River Air Station. While serving in the Marine Corp he was an Airframes Mechanic working on the MV22 Osprey, used for primarily troop transport. Don worked on all parts of the aircraft including; blade repair, landing gear, flight controls, hydraulics, electrical, and more. Today Don works as a 365 Production Specialist using his mechanical and electrical skills to produce our top of the line kiosks.
Jason is also a best selling author!
Airman (E2) Jason Halstead – United States Airforce
Jason served from 1992-1994 and was primarily based at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX. Jason went through extensive training including pararescue training, airborne training and cross-training exercises. Jason trained alongside and worked with a variety of interesting characters who he became friends with including; an under water demolitions expert in the Navy SEALs and a guy who ended up being deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia in 93 with the joint forces aid unit that went there. You might have heard of the incident they made a movie called Blackhawk Down out of it. Sergeant Hill was not part of the military action that ended up being in the movie, but he was over there at the time. Due to an injury, Jason’s time with the Airforce was cut short but he quickly went on to achieve great things. He holds a record in powerlifting, has published over 90 books and now works on our team as a Lead Software Developer where he has played a vital role in shaping our technology.
Justin (pictured on the right) during one of his deployments.
Justin (third from left) picture with entertainers such as; the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders and Anthony Anderson during a deployment
Sgt. Justin Palazzolo- United States Marine Corp
Justin served from August 8, 2010 to August 9, 2014 and was primarily based at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California. While serving in the Marine Corp he was deployed twice. The first time was in January 2012 where he spent 7 months in Afghanistan with 9th Communication Battalion. The second time was August 2013 where he was deployed for 8 months with the 13thMarine Expeditionary Unit. During that time he was able to visit Hawaii, Philippines, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, and Singapore. Today Justin works as a Help Desk Technician on our IT team ensuring all of our systems are running correctly and solving all of our daily IT needs.