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Hometown Hero: Katie Piston

Katie Piston is the spouse of Navy Veteran Daniel Piston, but her connections to the military began long before she met her husband. She grew up outside of Chicago, IL and is the proud granddaughter of a WWII Veteran. While earning her bachelors in biomedical engineering at Purdue University she worked on designs of smart military helmets. After graduating from Purdue, Piston moved to Syracuse NY where she worked for 6 years in the medical device industry. Continue Reading

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Hometown Hero: Daniel Pesci

Syracuse University Air Force ROTC Cadet Daniel Pesci is the Squadron Commander in the 535th Cadet Wing at Syracuse University.  He was first introduced to the possibility of commissioning in the Armed Forces in 4th grade on a family vacation to Colorado, where he visited the United States Air Force Academy.

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Hometown Hero: Dr. Alejandro Garcia

United States Army veteran Dr. Alejandro Garcia enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1962 and conducted basic training at Fort Ord, California. He attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, where he became an administrative specialist.

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Military-Connected Student Maria Delgado

Maria Delgado has served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 10 years. She is currently a post-graduate student in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and also a cadet with the Stalwart Battalion in the Army ROTC program. Hear about her story and experience in the interview above.

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Hometown Hero: Jillian Johansen

Jillian Johansen enlisted in the United States Navy on August 24, 2003 from Kansas City, Missouri. She served in the Navy for ten (10) years as a Yeoman First Class Petty Officer, Aviation Warfare Specialist until her discharge on March 1st, 2013. Continue Reading

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Hometown Hero: Mass Communications 1st Class Kathryn E. Holm

Mass Communications 1st Class Kathryn E. Holm enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and she graduated from basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois in April 2009. After completing basic training, Kathryn reported to the Defense  Information School, at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, where she became a Mass Communications Specialist and learned “how to tell the Navy’s story.”

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Syracuse’s Growing Veteran and Military-Connected Population Welcomed Back to Campus

Last Wednesday (Aug. 22), Syracuse University welcomed new student veterans to campus at the annual New Student Veteran Welcome Orientation and Resource Fair. The event provides student veterans, military-connected students and their families the opportunity to connect with other students, learn about campus resources, and meet the dedicated veteran and military-connected support staff.

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Career Development Class for Veterans

HSH 200: Career Development for Veterans (1 Credit): Career Development for Veterans is a 1 credit career exploration course designed specifically to teach student veterans the strategies to improve their career decision-making and to communicate their interests and goals. The primary format to this course is discussion style, as well as, partner work, group activities, and lecture. Many of the projects will be assigned to be completed outside of class and involve tasks associated with real life career-related situations.

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