The Milwaukee Bucks Everyday Hero Salute presented by Jockey

Jockey is proud to present the Milwaukee Bucks Everyday Hero salute. Jockey and the Milwaukee Bucks will recognize those in the community that have gone above and beyond the call of duty. The teacher, the coach, the first responder, the one who has made your community a little stronger and safer, and the one who has made the life of a loved one a little better.

It’s important to take the time now to salute that person. You all know one.

Email us at chrkac@bucks.com if you know someone you would like to nominate.


Heroes We've Honored This Season

Milwaukee Bucks Everyday Hero: Captain Master Sargent Brown

April: Captain Master Sargent Brown

Captain Master Sargent Brown served for 22 years in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard, and continues to serve as a member of the Madison WI based 115th Fighter Wing. He has served in multiple capacities, such as F-16 Crew Chief, Aircraft Quality Assurance Inspector and Aircraft Production Superintendent. Brown was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to AI Udied Air Base, Qatar and Balad Air Base, Iraq in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009. He was awarded the General Lew Allen Jr. Trophy in 2014 as the Air National Guard Outstanding Aircraft Maintenance Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the year. Brown participated in multiple Theater Security Packages around the globe, most recently returning from a 4-month deployment to Kunsan Air Base, South Korea in November 2018.

Milwaukee Bucks Everyday Hero: Mike Hayden

March: Mike Hayden

Five weeks ago, Wauwatosa native Mike Hayden was tragically killed in a car accident. Throughout his life, Mike dedicated his life to serving others. Mike and wife Susie launched numerous non-profits aimed at serving those in need. Mike’s most satisfying endeavor was launching the non-profit Positive Programs for the Family (PPF) in 2005. The first program created under PPF was Hoops 4 Kidz, an inner-city youth, faith-centered basketball program in the 53206 zip code designed to provide central city youth with an opportunity to build character and basketball skills. In addition, Mike also created non- profits Family Legacies/Orphans No More, which provided interest free loans to support families wishing to adopt children domestically and internationally and “Helping One Another” an organization designed to support under-served and displaced individuals and families by collecting no longer needed clothing and household donations. Mike was an avid Bucks fan and utilized the Bucks charitable ticket program to invite countless groups of underserved youth to games to provide them with an experience they otherwise wouldn’t have had. (Mike’s family pictured)

Milwaukee Bucks Everyday Hero: William Thomson

March: William Thomson

Captain Promotable William Thomson has been serving on Active Duty for the last 9 years as an Engineer Officer in the United States Army. Following graduation from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in May of 2010, he was commissioned the next day as a Second Lieutenant. In September 2013, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a member of the 130th Engineer Brigade stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. In October 2015, Thomson deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve as a member of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. Selected Mid-Tour and for 16 months through June of 2017, Captain Thomson was the Commander of Alpha Company, 82nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, and led his unit to win the 2016 Itschner Award for Best Engineer Company in the U.S. Army. The Army uniquely brought Captain Thomson and his family back to the great state of Wisconsin in summer 2017, where he has been serving for the last two years as a U.S Army Reserve Partner and Observer Coach/Trainer in the 1-310th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 181 Multi-Functional Training Brigade at Fort McCoy.

Milwaukee Bucks Everyday Hero: Jason Schreiber

February: Jason Schreiber

Staff Sergeant Jason Schreiber served 14 years in the Marine Corps, with 3 deployments to Iraq and many other trainings and exercises to support the mission during his time in service. Jason was a motor transport operator and worked to train junior Marines on security tactics and weapons training. Now that he has retired from the Marine Corps and has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Jason is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Social Work at George Williams College in Lake Geneva. He would like to be able give back to his community of Veterans by helping them learn to work and live with PTSD and other mental illnesses.

Milwaukee Bucks Everyday Hero: Peter Owen

January: Peter Owen

Captain Peter Owen is a Milwaukee native and Army Engineer Officer. He graduated from UW-Milwaukee and the Marquette Army ROTC program in 2008 and has served in the Wisconsin National Guard since. His experience includes company command and serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. He spent three years in Washington D.C. that culminated at the Pentagon, where he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Captain Owen currently serves as the Battalion Operations Officer for the 132nd BSB of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. This past year when Wisconsin was impacted by flooding, Peter and his unit were activated to support communities in Sauk and Columbia Counties.

Milwaukee Bucks Everyday Hero: Aaron Thornsen

December: Master Sergeant Aaron Thornsen

Master Sergeant Aaron Thornsen has been in the Air National Guard since 1997, and currently is the Superintendent of Operations for the 115th Fighter Wing in Madison, Wisconsin. Aaron has not only served his country at home, but has also deployed seven times down range. He has eagerly served his country without complaint about any of his duties or conditions. He is proud to serve. Beyond his military service, Aaron coaches youth sports in his hometown of Deforest, Wisconsin -- coaching football, basketball, and baseball, giving quality time and attention to the youth in Deforest that are excited about participating in these sports.

Milwaukee Bucks Everyday Hero: Jason Bartol

November: Jason Bartol

Jason Bartol served over 12 years in the United States Air Force, who also worked as a Franklin Police Officer and subsequently a Federal Agent where he was medically retired. That did not stop Jason’s service. He continues to serve and lead Veteran Service Organizations. Most notably, Jason co-founded Wisconsin Hero Outdoors with fellow veteran and first responder Eric Falkner. Wisconsin Hero Outdoors helps connect Veterans, First Responders and their families to the outdoors as a form of alternative therapy. Through years of grass roots growth, Jason and Wisconsin Hero Outdoors regularly takes veterans from VA Medical Facilities out kayak fishing, ice fishing and pontoon rides. Jason has also networked with several other organizations to help Wisconsin Heroes heal through a variety of hunting events. Jason is not only a Hero himself, but responsible for helping HUNDREDS of Heroes heal all while being a stay-at-home-dad while his wife continues to work full time as a Sergeant Milwaukee Police Officer.

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