The SW24 | Brooklyn Nets Heroes Program is designed to honor returning armed forces veterans and first responders who have worked to protect our freedoms and the lives of all New York City-area people. As part of SW24 Security's Presenting Sponsorship of the Brooklyn Nets and their SW24 Citywide Safety Initiative, SW24 Security and the Nets will honor a Hero at each of the Nets 3 pre-season games and 41 home games.

 

Nicholas Ceraldi
Friday, April 4, 2014

Corporal Nicholas Ceraldi served in the United States Marine Corps from 1993 to 1997. During his time in the Marine Corps he established himself as an effective and dynamic leader and earned a number of awards and decorations including: Rifle Expert award, Pistol Sharpshooter badge, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (w/1 star), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Certificate of Commendation, Joint Meritorius Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Christian Martinez
Sunday, March 30, 2014

Maritime Enforcement Specialist Second Class Christian Martinez is a 12 year Coast Guard veteran. ME2 Martinez deployed numerous times while a member of Tactical Law Enforcement Team South, conducting hundreds of Counter Drug, Anti Terrorism, and Migrant Interdiction missions. ME2 Martinez was also stationed aboard the CGC Wire in Bayonne, NJ and most recently CG Station Ft. Lauderdale, where he conducted hundreds of Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement missions.

Raymond Negron
Friday, March 21, 2014

Major Raymond Negron joined the United States Army in 1986 and he is still serving, 17 years with the Military Police and 11 years with JAG. During his years in services, Major Negron has earned a number of awards and decorations including: a Purple Heart, 2 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Joint Service Commendation Medals, Operation Enduring Freedom Service Medal, Desert Storm Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and a Combat Action Badge.

Johnny Noguera
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SSgt Noguera, a native of Brooklyn NY, joined the United States Marine Corp in 1998. During his time with the Marines he held the positions of Infantryman, Motor Transport Operator and Counter Intelligence. He was deployed in Iraq from March 2005 to January 2006. He earned a number of Awards and Decorations including : Purple Heart, Combat action ribbon, Iraq Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism service, and Good Conduct Ribbon.

Alex Stungurys
Monday, March 17, 2014

Alex Stungurys was enlisted in The United States Air Force as a Security Forces Law Enforcement Journeyman from 1997 to 2001. During his enlistment he deployed to numerous locations around the world including Saudi Arabia and Turkey. He received a number of awards and recognitions including two Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals. Alex continues to serve the United States as a Program Analyst in the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration.

Paul Volpe
Monday, March 10, 2014

Lance Corporal Paul Volpe served in the United States Marine Corps from 2003 to 2005. During his service, LCpl Volpe led and trained Marines to perform amidst a high stress combat environment. He earned a number of Awards and Decorations including: A Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Seas Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

Eugene Oliva
Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sergeant Eugene Oliva served in the United States Marine Corps from 2000 to 2008. Sgt. Oliva was assigned various positions which included; Operations Logistics Chief, Tactical Security Officer, Ground Sensor Platoon, Scout Sniper Platoon and Black Belt Martial Arts/Close Combat Instructor. During his time spent overseas he was involved in multiple deployments to Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Colombia, Iraq, Afghanistan, among a few other locations.

Jason Ragel
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Staff Sergeant Jason Ragel joined the United States Army in 1995 and has been deployed around the world in support of operations Southern Watch, Desert Fox, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom. SSG Ragel recently returned from his 12th deployment. He has earned a number of awards and decorations including, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.

Brett Morash
Monday, March 3, 2014

Lieutenant Commander Brett Morash served in the United States Navy from 1993 to 2013. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer on five different ships as well as an expeditionary task force in the Horn of Africa and aided with the Haiti Earthquake Response. Lt. Morash has received a number of awards and decorations including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, 3 Naval Commendation Medals, 3 Naval Achievement Medals, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

Eric Burges
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

SSG Eric Burges served in the United States Army from 2000 to 2011. He was Active Duty and a Paratrooper assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division. During his service in the Army, SSG Burges received a number of medals and awards including, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal.

Sgt. Alexander Kitsakos
Sunday, February 9, 2014

Gunnery Sgt. Alexander Kitsakos served in the US Marine Corps from 1989 to 2011. During his time with the Marine Corps he received a number of awards and recognitions including, 2 Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals, 2 Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.

SSG Nigel Norvell
Thursday, February 6, 2014

Staff Sergeant Nigel Norvell enlisted in the US Army in 2005. His awards and decorations include 2 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Army Achievement Medals, Army Meritorious Unit Citation, 3 Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. SSG Norvell entered the Recruiting Command in April 2012 as a Detailed Recruiter in the New York City Recruiting Battalion with duty in the Harlem Center.

Sgt. Raymond Rivera
Friday, January 31, 2014

Sgt. Raymond Rivera served in the United States Marines from 1997 to 2012. During his time in the Marines he served as a combat engineer, and while in Iraq his duties included building forward operating posts, watch towers, and reinforcements. Sgt. Rivera earned a number of awards and medals including the Purple Heart, 2 combat action medals, 2 navy unit commendation medals, 5 good conduct medals and a national defense medal.

Captain James Van Thach
Monday, January 27, 2014

Captain James Van Thach served as Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army and medically retired in 2009. Captain Thach also completed a Humanitarian mission in Afghanistan of Moral & Welfare for U.S. troops in 2013. He currently volunteers to bring awareness of Veteran issues. Captain Thach is accompanied by his cousin Thomas S. Sullivan who served in the US Army during Vietnam from 1971-1973.

Colleen Smith
Friday, January 24, 2014

Ms. Colleen Smith joined the US Army in 2009 and is still currently serving our country. During her service she has been honored with a number of awards and recognitions including, the Army Commendation Medal, Combat Action Badge, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Jason-David Edmondson
Friday, January 10, 2014

Specialist Jason Edmondson served in the US Army from 1999 to 2002. While stationed in Camp Stanley, Republic of South Korea and Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington DC he earned a number of awards including the Army Service Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal and US Army Aviator Badge.

Master Sergeant Kelly David Lomber
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Lomber joined The US Air Force in 1993 and is actively serving in Syracuse, NY and runs marketing for the state. As a prior Security Forces member MSGT Lomber has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He receeived a number of honors including earning an Air Force Acheivement Commedation Medal, an Army Commedation, The Global War on Terror Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

Jason Melendez
Monday, January 6, 2014

SGT Jason Melendez joined the U.S Army in 2005 and is currently stationed in Miesua, Germany. Since his time in the Army he has completed 3 combat tours to Iraq with over 300 combat missions in Baghdad, Kirkuk, and Balaad. He has received a number of awards including the Combat Action Badge, Air Assault wings, 5 Army Achievement medals, 3 Iraq Campaign Medals, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.

Brian Korpalsk
Saturday, January 4, 2014

Information Systems Technician Third Class Petty Officer Brian Korpalski. Served in the Navy for 3 1/2 years. Stationed on the USS Elrod. Part of Operation Martillo in 2012. Ship recovered $1 billion worth of cocaine. January deployment will be to Northern Africa for counter-piracy.

Jose Sanchez
Friday, December 27, 2013

Sgt Jose Sanchez served in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 2010. During his time served in Bagram, Afghanistan as infantry patrol and EOD security he received a number of honors recognizing his bravery including the 911 World Trade Liberty medal , Combat Infantry medal and NATO Freedom medal.

Luis E. Soltero
Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Staff Sergeant Luis E. Soltero served in the US Army from 1999-2005. While stationed in Afghanistan, Sgt. Soltero was a Fire & Support Specialist, Forward Observer and the eyes of the artillery. He earned a number of honors including the Global War on Terrorism Medal, Expeditionary Medal and Overseas Tour of Duty Ribbon.

Arturo Romero Jr.
Monday, December 23, 2013

Sgt. Arturo Romero Jr is a serving member of the U.S. Army. He has been a member of the army since 2008 and has been stationed in a number of locations including Afghanistan. Sgt. Romero has received numerous honors including the Army Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Don Caetano
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Captain Don Caetano served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 2009. During his time spent with the Marine Corps, Captain Caetano served in a number of locations including Iraq and Okinawa, Japan. He has been honored with several medals including the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. From 2005-2009 Captain Caetano served as spokesman for Marine Corps Recruiting for northeastern US.

Thomas Purcell
Monday, December 16, 2013

Staff Sergeant Thomas Purcell joined the US Army in 2004 and is actively serving. During Sgt. Purcell’s two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan he received a number of honors including 5 Army commendation medals, 5 army achievement awards, the Global War on Terror medal, and the Iraq campaign medal.

Edwin Duarte
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Staff Sergeant Edwin Duarte has served with the US Army since 2005. During his time with the army he has been deployed to South Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently stationed here in New York City as a detailed recruiter. Sgt. Duarte has been honored with several awards including the Combat Action Badge, Air Assault wings, three army commendation medals and three army achievement medals.

Marco Bongioanni
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Major Marco Bongioanni served in the US Army from 2001 to 2011 and he is currently serving as an Army Reservist. Major Bongioanni has been stationed in a number of locations including Korea, Egypt, Iraq, Germany and Djibouti and was awarded the Bronze Star for service and bravery in Iraq from 2007-2008.

Thomas Ryder
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Captain Thomas Ryder served in the US Army from 2006 to 2012. Captain Ryder is a West Point graduate who has been honored with a number of awards for his bravery and service in Iraq and Afghanistan including the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.

Peter Gould
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Mr. Peter Gould served in the United States Navy from 2005-2011. Mr. Gould has been awarded both the Purple Heart and Silver Star for his actions and bravery during a reconnaissance patrol mission in Afghanistan in which he saved the life of a fellow marine.

Joseph Mylonas
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mr. Joseph Mylonas served in the US Army from 1999 to 2006. He served two tours in Iraq and earned a number of awards including 4 Army Commendation Medals, 5 Army Achievement Medals, the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

Sgt. Aikeem A. Stoney
Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sgt. Aikeem A. Stoney: Sgt Toney served in the United States Marine Corps from 2002-2006. During his time in Iraq and his deployment in the East China Sea, he earned a number of awards and decorations including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

Ana Rosario
Monday, November 18, 2013

Ana Rosario served in the armed forces from 1998 to 2004. Among her many awards and decorations she received the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal.

Ambioris Burgos
Saturday, November 9, 2013

Ambi Burgos served in the United States Marine Corps from 1997 to 2005. Among many awards and decorations, Ambi received the Navy Achievement Medal with gold star, Good Conduct Medal with two bronze stars, National Defense medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

Alex Ruiz
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Alex Ruiz is actively serving with the U. S. Coast Guard. He has been a member of the Coast Guard since 2004 and has received 1 Achievement Medal, 4 Letters of Commendation and 2 Good Conduct Medals.

Sgt Efrain Ocasio
Friday, November 1, 2013

Sgt Ocasio, of the US Army, is approaching his 8th year of service. He has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and he was awarded the Purple Heart for his service while in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Jay Lawrence
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sgt. Jay Lawrence has been serving in the United States Army since 1976, where he served as a Riflemen, Team Leader, Squad Leader, and Section Sergeant. Among his many awards and recognitions, Sgt. Lawrence has received the Army Commendation Medal with Valor and the Purple Heart.

Amir Joseph Hamdy
Saturday, October 12, 2013

Amir Joseph Hamdy served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 2003 to 2008. Among many locations, he was deployed to Japan, Okinawa, Iraq, and aboard the carrier USS George Washington. Sgt. Hamdy was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal. Sgt. Hamdy is a member of the Wounded Warrior Project.
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