Sasha Haywood

United States Navy | Active Duty

JOB IN NAVY: Aviation Electrician’s Mates are responsible for aircraft electrical power generating and converting systems. They maintain lighting, control, and indicating systems and can install as well as maintain flight and engine instrument systems.

SIGNIFICANT ASSIGNMENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Petty Officer Haywood is currently working at the Navy’s only Bootcamp as a Recruit Division Commander. It’s her responsibility to turn civilians into basically trained, physically fit, smartly disciplined Sailors in only eight short weeks. She completed deployments on the USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS and her last deployment was aboard the USS WASP, a Landing Helicopter Dock class of amphibious ship, where she led 38 food service specialists serving a crew of 1,300. With her guidance and mentorship, her team scored the highest ever rating on the Supply Management Certification. She also led the ship’s Anti-Terrorism Training Team through the annual Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic force protection exercise. Petty Officer Haywood holds the Air Warfare qualification and is active in her community.


Matt Marquez

Army National Guard | Served 8 Years

JOB IN MILITARY: As a 88Mike Logistics Specialist Marquez is primarily responsible for supervising or operating wheel vehicles to transport personnel and cargo. A position that is the backbone of the Army’s support and sustainment structure, providing advanced mobility on and off the battlefield.

SIGNIFICANT ASSIGNMENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Specialist Matthew Marquez has served in the Iowa Army National Guard for the past 8 years and currently is an individual ready reserve. At the beginning of his service he was assigned to the 2011 flood relieve Western Iowa and was also assigned to the 2012 at Obama’s Presidential Inauguration as security.


Tongela L. Freeman

United States Navy | Active Duty

JOB IN NAVY: Navy Counselors offer vocational guidance to Navy personnel — individually and in groups — aboard ships and at shore facilities. They report on many items such as retention, attrition, advancement, testing and various other facets of the career development program.

SIGNIFICANT ASSIGNMENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Chief Freeman is currently working at the Navy’s only Bootcamp as a Recruit Division Commander. It’s her responsibility to turn civilians into basically trained, physically fit, smartly disciplined Sailors in only eight short weeks. Chief Freeman is 1 of only 14 division commanders selected to train new Recruit Division Commanders. Before reporting to Great Lakes, Chief was a crew members of the Submarine Tender USS EMORY S. LAND who deployed in support of Fifth and Seventh Fleets. Chief Freeman holds the Navy’s Aviation and Surface Warfare Qualifications and is a regular volunteer in her community.


Jim Wiers

United States Army | 1959-1961

JOB IN ARMY: Jim was a Private first class foot soldier. He was stationed in Bamburg, Germany, 4th infantry 3rd division. His duties included radio communications, machine gunner and rifleman.


Ryan Shannon

United States Navy

JOB IN NAVY: Navy Veteran Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Shannon from Morris, Illinois will continue to proudly represent his country as a member of Team Navy and compete at this year’s Department of Defense Warrior Games. The Warrior Games are a Paralympic-style competition featuring eight sporting events. Ryan is a multi-sport athlete who will participate in swimming, sitting volleyball, and track and field. He credits adaptive sports with not only providing a way to continue to compete at an elite level, but also providing a network of friends who have become family as he trains and takes on every challenge. While underway on the USS Pasadena in 2013, Ryan got hit in the head during a fire drill which resulted in a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In October 2014, he broke his foot and due to misdiagnosis it took three months for the hospital to realize the damage. He received a spinal cord implant to help alleviate pain and regain the ability to walk again. Come cheer Ryan on and approximately 265 other wounded warriors June 30-July 8 all throughout the City of Chicago! Check out Warrior Games Facebook for more information!


Julio Job Lopez

United States Navy

JOB IN NAVY:Julio Job Lopez is a Culinary Content Developer and graduate from Columbia College Chicago. Prior to his current life and career in Chicago, Julio Job Lopez was a sailor in the United States Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S Peleliu between 2009 and 2012, 12 months of which was spent abroad or at sea. Julio Job Lopez now spends his time being a chef and volunteering his time to social service and impact with The Mission Continues.


Cesar Gonzalez

United States Marine Corps | 1985-1988

Upon graduating High School, Cesar Gonzalez went to M.C.R.D. in San Diego, CA. He spent most of his time in the Corps stationed overseas. Cesar also spent a year in Okinawa, Japan, and was stationed in Subic Bay, Philippines as well. In addition he participated in Operation Team Spirit in South Korea, and then returned to the states where he finished his tenure with the Marine Corps stationed at Camp Pendleton in California.


Rene Kirklin

United States Army | 1984-1987

US Army Specialist Rene Kirklin was in the US Army for 8 years active duty and spent 5 years as a reservist. Rene’s job was Supply and Communications. Currently Rene is an Air Assault soldier. Additionally, Rene received a medal of honor for her service while also qualifying as a Marksman.


Tracey L. Chastine

United States Navy | Active Duty

JOB IN NAVY: Information Systems Technicians design, install, operate, and maintain state-of-the-art information systems. This technology includes local and wide area networks, mainframe, mini, and microcomputer systems and associated peripheral devices. They also write programs to handle the collection, manipulation and distribution of data for a wide variety of applications and requirements.

SIGNIFICANT ASSIGNMENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Chief Chastine is currently working at the Navy’s only Bootcamp as a Recruit Division Commander. It’s her responsibility to turn civilians into basically trained, physically fit, smartly disciplined Sailors in only eight short weeks. Before reporting to Great Lakes, Chief was assigned to the Guided Missile Cruiser, USS PHILIPPINESEA where she managed the Ship’s classified computer networks during several joint exercises. Chief Chastine Navy’s Surface Warfare designation and is active in her community.


Milton Rodriguez

United States Marine Corps | 2003-2007

Milton Rodriguez served in the United States Marine Corps from 2003-2007 at Camp Lejeune, in Jacksonville NC. In 2004, he was deployed to Falluja Iraq for Operation Phantom Fury in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. There he was a machine gunner on a casualty evacuation vehicle. For his tour, he was combat promoted, was awarded a combat action ribbon, and a presidential unit citation. He comes from a military family, in which both his younger sisters are still serving in the Marine Corps, and his wife is in the Air Force Reserves.


Dave Noesen

United States Air Force | 1991-2013

Master Sergeant Dave Noesen from Downers Grove Illinois served in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves from 1 October 1991 to 13 October 2013 retiring after 22 years of service.

He served as a personnel specialist for his first twelve years and became a career advisor in his last 10 years of his service.

His excellence in career advising was honored by the Air Force Reserve by being named the Career Advisor of the Year in 2008 for the entire 70,000 person command.

MSgt Noesen was called to Active Duty to serve in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2 Dec 2009 to 15 Jan 2010

His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal and Air Force Achievement Medal.

He’s joined at tonight’s Sky game by his wife Julie and his kids Emma, Emily and Liam.


Donte N. Bland

United States Navy

Donte was born and raised in Cleveland, OH and he left home for the U.S. Navy at age 17. He became a Surface Sonar Technician and his first duty station was onboard the guided missile destroyer USS CURTIS WILBUR stationed out of Yokosuka Japan. As part of Destroyer Squadron 15 they played crucial support roles in both Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). His primary role on the destroyer was anti-submarine warfare. This required him to locate, track and classify submarines, torpedoes and other undersea threats. He served on active duty for 8 years, Navy reserve for 5 years and after obtaining his honorable discharge and masters degree he now works as a Federal Investigator for the National Background Investigations Bureau.


Andy Carrizales

United States Marine Corps | 7 years 9 months

Andy Carrizales has served in the United States Marine Corps for seven years and nine months. During his service he was a warehouse clerk at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina then later served as a warehouse manager in Okinawa, Japan. He also served in the Middle East where he was a warehouse supervisor in Al-Taqaddum, Iraq, and as an assistant security commander in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. During this time, Andy Carrizales earned many decorations, medals, and ribbons including: the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/1 Bronze Service Star), Sear Service Deployment Ribbon (2d Award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal (Kuwait), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Commendation, and NATO Medal- ISAF Afghanistan.

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina – Warehouse clerk, in charge of maintaining and issuing hazardous materials.

Al-Taqaddum, Iraq – Warehouse Supervisor, accountable for military/non military personal and hazardous material.

Indian Head, Maryland – Chemical Biological Incident Response Force, responded to any Chemical or Biological Incident in/or near Washington D.C. Supervised a Mini-Consolidated Issue Facility in support of 500 marines and sailors.

Okinawa, Japan – Warehouse Manager of Repairable Issue Point. Ensured all military personal followed the guidelines to issue and receive maintenance parts. Ensured military personal were accounted for and were up to date on their training.

Helmand Province, Afghanistan – Assistant Security Commander. Provided security for convoys through out Helmand’s Province.


Becca Keaty

United States Army

Becca Keaty is a 20-year retired veteran of the Army National Guard with extensive experience in corporate and non-profit strategic partnerships and development. Prior to joining Bunker Labs, she worked with the Tribune Media Group and co-founded the literacy social enterprise, Open Books. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.