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.