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                                      MILITARY RELOCATION

Real Estate transactions, big or small, are often complex, involve multiple parties and are shaped by emotion more than logic. If fully utilized, Public Relations is the lone communication discipline suited to help bring parties together, build mutual understanding and make deals happen.  In the end, the truth is, that Real Estate decisions are made by people who buy with their heads and their hearts, so TRUST is essential. Your professionally written Press Release will definitely build trust!!!

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Stories bring you and your readers into a multi-dimensional world, full of colors, sights, smells and emotions, making us feel as though we are actually living the story.  

In today’s information-saturated landscape, one of the most valuable skills you can acquire is the ability to tell stories.  Storytelling allows us to be present with our experience, and to draw others into that experience as well.

The world becomes a better place when we share ourselves with others, letting them into our story.

Our clients think big!!! They are thrilled to have their Press Releases on all of the Military Bases across the United States, and around the world, telling their story and why it is important for them to help our Military members find the home of their dreams!

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                        ******* ALABAMA *******

ALABAMA (HUNTSVILLE) - Jerry Bourrell ~ Redstone Arsenal

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"I believe that the knowledge, skills, and experience gained through my Naval career have given me a heart to serve my community. ”
Jerry Bourrell

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA, USA, September 25, 2017 / -- Jerry Bourrell is an intelligent, well-informed and resourceful Associate Broker at Leading Edge Real Estate Group in Huntsville, Alabama.

Jerry grew up in Laurel, Mississippi and attended R.H. Watkins high school. His passion for the outdoors and his belief in service to others led him to the Boy Scouts of America. Recognized by his peers for service, leadership, and brotherhood, He was selected to become a member of Scouting’s National Honor Society, Order of the Arrow and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. 

He says, “I believe the Scout Oath and Law were an integral part in forming who I became as an adult. My family has a proud tradition of serving our country in the Military and I wanted to continue that tradition, broaden my cultural understanding of the world, and continue my education.” He graduated from boot camp in the top ten percent of his class, gaining promotion prior to transferring. The USS Abraham Lincoln was his first ship and he was assigned to the Oxygen and Nitrogen (O2N2) shop in Engineering. He stood out by quickly qualifying as a supervisor on the complex O2N2 generating system. A senior Non- Commissioned Officer normally holds this position with an advanced degree in cryogenics. Jerry requested special permission from the Commanding Officer to waive the rank and school requirements in order to qualify and after his tour on the ship, he transferred to Meridian Naval Air Station.

Once again, he was appointed to a supervisor position, being placed in charge of three sailors in the O2N2 shop. He seized the opportunity to purse his education and completed forty-four hours of college credit receiving his AA degree while simultaneously, completing an Emergency Medical Technician course and volunteering at a local fire department.

It was during this time, that Jerry met his wife and decided to transfer to Marine Corp Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. He had already visited Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, and Australia and wanted to share the experience of learning about other countries and their cultures with his wife. Prior to their departure, Jerry attended an advanced engineering school on cryogenics, and air conditioning, refrigeration and graduated third out of thirty students.

Jerry supervised a team of nine American and Japanese workers producing oxygen and nitrogen on recently purchased O2N2 generating plants for the US and Japanese military. He created and developed personnel qualification standards, engineering operating procedures and strategic short and long- term preventative maintenance plans, which increased safety for the equipment and operators. He and his wife immediately immersed themselves into learning the Japanese culture, heritage, and language through classes at the University of Maryland. They enjoyed learning about the Japanese culture, and desired to continue expanding their international experience while representing America overseas. Their next opportunity was on board the USS La Salle in Gaeta, Italy, where he supervised and managed the Valve Shop, Oil Lab, Gauge Calibration Lab and maintained the ships repair parts inventory worth over $250, 000.00.

Jerry developed detailed written plans, using them to brief and lead a 25-man multinational team on the safe transfer of over 4 million gallons of fuel in port and at sea. Discovering a gap required certifications in the quality assurance program, which Jerry initiated and then implemented a command wide training program resulting in a successful review of the ships quality assurance program. After decommissioning the USS La Salle, he transferred to the USS George H.W.Bush.

Nine months after starting his new job, Jerry was selected “Sailor of the Year” for the ship, earning recognition as the top- rated sailor in his rank. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer and led forty-three sailors in six work centers, in the successful completion of 1,047 preventative and corrective maintenance items, including emergent repairs on three AC plants, one refrigeration unit, and one oxygen plant.

Jerry also volunteered to serve with the Army, conducting Detainee operations in Iraqi for a year. During this time, he managed and supervised 35 sailors and 45 Iraqi Correction Officers responsible for the care of over a thousand ideologically extreme, high-risk detainees. Upon his return, he transferred to the US Embassy in Rome, Italy to work in the Defense Attaché Office where he managed and directed five Italians in the administrative and operational support of six Attachées and two Liaison Officers. As the Diplomatic Clearances Program Manager, he supervised and obtained diplomatic clearances for four thousand eight hundred Military flights, over one thousand hazardous material flights, and over a hundred US ship visits by communicating and coordinating in Italian with the Italian Air Force and Navy.

Jerry also organized and coordinated distinguished visitor appointments to Italy, for the President and VP of the United States, two Ambassadors, four Congressional Delegations, The Secretary of Defense, The Secretary of State, and The Secretary of Navy, with multiple agencies involved.

Jerry says, “I believe that the knowledge, skills, and experience gained through my Naval career have given me a heart to serve my community.” His motto is: “Life is a Journey and a Pocket full of Memories and that if I can help someone put a Memory in their Pocket, then I done something worthwhile.”

After becoming a Real Estate agent, Jerry felt that is was very important to have the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. “You see, I fought for our way of life and the American Dream. When I retired, I wanted to find a way to help people reach the American Dream.”

As a Real Estate agent in Huntsville, Alabama, Jerry serves the areas around Redstone Arsenal including Decatur, Madison, Toney, Owens Cross Roads, New Market, Meridianville, Harvest and Hazel Green.

For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” Jerry Bourrell, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Jerry Bourrell
Leading Edge Real Estate Group
(256) 527-6544
[email protected]

Click Link Below To See Jerry's Published Press Release:

ALABAMA (MONTGOMERY) ~ Kathy Williams ~ Maxwell Air Force Base

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"I have a deep connection to all Military families and especially to Maxwell Air Force Base where my husband retired as a Major in the United States Air Force.”
Kathy Williams

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, USA, February 15, 2016 / -- Kathy Williams is a highly distinguished and reputable REALTOR®/Broker at Century 21 Brandt Wright Realty in Montgomery, Alabama.

Kathy was born in Ocala, Florida and attended Central Florida Community College studying Biology. She then went to Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida to train to be a Histology / Medical Technician. She became licensed with the American Society of Clinical Pathology in 1977.

Kathy met her future husband, Robert, at the University of Florida, where he was completing his undergraduate degree and had received his commission as an Officer in the Marine Corp. They got married and started their military life with a move!

Robert was stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola before being transferred to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He then took an inter-service transfer from the Marine Corps to the Air Force and the family PCS’d to England Air Force Base in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Kathy recalls this period of time in her life as being miraculous. She says, “In 1988 we had orders to go to Turkey where Robert was to be stationed at Incirlik Air Base, however, out of nowhere we were sent back to Florida so Robert could continue his education at the University of Florida where he got his Master’s Degree in Clinical Pathology. This was truly a blessing because I was able to go back to work at the University of Florida for the first time in years!”

The family was later transferred to Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas where Kathy continued to work in the Laboratory Field Services until her family PCS’d to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, where they’ve lived ever since.

Robert retired as a Major in the United States Air Force and Kathy decided to make her dream come true as a Real Estate agent. She says, “I used to help my dad with his rental properties when I was a teenager in Ocala and I really loved it, but I never had the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming an agent. So, when we moved to Montgomery, I decided to make my dream happen and I went to Real Estate school and got licensed.”

Having worked for so many years in the Lab field, Kathy saw her medical career as a helping people service career, therefore it seemed a natural transition for her to evolve into working in the Real Estate industry. When she first started, she was so nervous that “I would get sick on my stomach when I went to show property, because we had just moved here.”

She recalls, “My area was Tri-County and I didn’t know the region at all. I’d go out in advance and find the properties because I was the Realtor, people expected me to know where I was going! But I made it, and have been blessed with a wonderful and successful Real Estate career! I conquered and overcame!”

Kathy’s first job was with Alfa Realty. She says, “They had a lot of new home sub-divisions in the Montgomery area so it was great training for me.” And, for the past 21 years, Kathy’s motto has been: “Helping Real People, With Real Dreams, Find Real Homes.”

Because of Kathy’s life as a Military spouse, she was extremely excited to learn about the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) being offered in Alabama. She found out about the classes from the National Association of Realtors and went to Fort Rucker in Enterprise, Alabama to take the courses and obtain her Certification. “I’ve always worked with the Military and I understand how hard it is having to be uprooted at a moment’s notice, taken out of school and having to start all over again.” She says, “There are so many adjustments you have to make, but when you’re Military, it’s your lifestyle. You’re unique and set apart from civilians and really only those who are Military truly understand the sacrifices. I’m very proud to be a part of the overall Military picture and I got my MRP Certification so I could better serve the Active-Duty, Veteran’s and their families when they are moving to or from the areas surrounding Maxwell Air Force Base here in Montgomery.”

Maxwell Air Force Base is officially known as Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, which is an installation under the Air Education and Training Command. It occupies the site of the first Wright Flying School where the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur began training students to fly airplanes in 1910.

The host wing for Maxwell-Gunter is the 42d Air Base Wing (42 ABW). Gunter Annex is a separate installation under the 42 ABW. Originally known as Gunter Field, it later became known as Gunter Air Force Station when its runways were closed and its operational flying activity eliminated. It was later renamed Gunter Air Force Base during the 1980s. As a hedge against future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Gunter AFB was consolidated under Maxwell AFB in March 1992 to create a combined installation known as Maxwell/Gunter AFB. Montgomery also hosts the State Headquarters for the Air National Guard and the Army National Guard.

Kathy says, “I have a deep connection to all Military families and especially to Maxwell Air Force Base where my husband retired as a Major in the United States Air Force. Having spent 37 years with the Military and earning my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification truly lets my clients know that I am consistently striving to learn more to better serve them, just as I did when I completed my Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Certification. My job is to serve you, my Military and Civilian clients.”

For more information about Kathy Williams, please visit these important websites:[email protected]

Media Contact:
Kathy Williams
Century 21 Brandt Wright Realty
(334) 399-5775
[email protected]

                         ******* ALASKA  *******

ALASKA (ANCHORAGE) - Van And LaVerne Pettigen ~ Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER)

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"As a Military spouse, I am very proud to have earned my MRP Certification, because I understand Military needs. I have worked with VA buyers and sellers for over 17 years in Real Estate.”
LaVerne Pettigen

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, USA, March 17, 2017 / -- Van and LaVerne Pettigen are enthusiastic, warmhearted Real Estate agents at Herrington & Company in Anchorage, Alaska.

Known as ‘The Pettigen Team’ this dynamic-duo have spent their life together as soul-mates, working side by side in various businesses due to their complementary natures. 

LaVerne was born in King Salmon, Alaska, which is approximately 300 miles southwest of Anchorage. It is a very rural area known as rural Alaska, a region of Alaska that is not connected to the North American road network or ready access to the State's Ferry System. The majority of Alaska's native populations live in the bush, where they make their living in similar fashion to their ancestors. LaVerne graduated from Bristol Bay High School and worked for her father’s trucking company, where she learned how to run a business.

Van was born in Baltimore, Maryland, graduated from Southern High School and joined the Air Force. He went to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, then to technical school at Sheppard Air Force Base as a Cargo Specialist before transferring to McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, working in Fleet Service. In this position, Van serviced airplanes that were going to and from Vietnam, supplying water and other essential necessities and was responsible for taking care of commercial jets and Military Aircraft.

Van recalls, “When I was young, my uncle was stationed in Alaska I was fascinated with the stories he would tell. I remember going to the library and looking it up and seeing pictures of Alaska, so I volunteered to go to Alaska. In the Air Force, we have a ‘dream sheet’ which is where you put down 3 places where you would like to go. Alaska was my first choice. I was sent to a small, all-male duty station at King Salmon Air Force Station (a General Surveillance Radar station) on a remote tour where I monitored the activity of Russian airplanes.”

At this time, a local recreation center approached Van to teach a martial arts class to keep the guys busy. The Air Force would pay, but it was also opened up to the people in King Salmon. LaVerne and her brother came to the class.

LaVerne says, “There was not a lot to do in rural Alaska, so I enrolled in the class and Van was my Karate instructor. He earned a first-degree Black Belt when he was just 14 years old and he trained me up to the point where I got my own Black Belt.”

The two became good friends. LaVerne and her brother began showing Van around Alaska in ways that he might not have seen if not for their friendship. They enjoyed going out in the deep wilderness observing the wildlife and driving on the ice.

Van recalls that it was a very interesting time. “I came from an all-black community so it was an adjustment for everyone to see us together. LaVerne came from a small village and was related to the Natives, so there was a lot of surprise and conversation about us getting together.  It wasn’t supposed to happen, but her family was very kind and people got used to me being there. I was the only black person there. It was an adjustment for everybody, but we had bonfires and picnics together, even though it was as unusual for them as it was for me. I remember one of her family members saying, ‘People like us need people like you’ and I knew that our union was meant to be.”

Van and LaVerne got married and had two daughters, Leigha and Latisha. They moved to Anchorage and LaVerne stayed at home with the children, but decided to work part time in sales with Herbalife, a global nutrition company.

Van retired from the Air Force in 1975 and got a job at the local airline, Wein Alaska, before deciding to work with LaVerne in Herbalife. He says, “I made enough money to quit the airline. This was network marketing and they were flying us all across the country. We were part of the corporate school crowd – which was the envy of many. Everybody wanted to be where we were. We were spoiled.”

LaVerne says, “A friend told me that I would do good in Real Estate, so I gave it a shot. I worked for Prudential Jack White and we came in #9 in our first year out of 100 agents that were there, so I decided on a career change. We have been top producers in Alaska for over 17 years.”

Van eventually joined LaVerne in Real Estate after working in car sales for 10 years. He says, “When the kids left home, we put all of our energy into Real Estate and got back to the income level that we were accustomed to.”

The Pettigen’s also inherited the family fishing business where LaVerne’s mother, brothers and sisters worked. LaVerne was a commercial fisherman and taught Van how to fish. They sell fish each year to the local canneries during a 6-week period. Their main catch is red salmon.

Alaska is the ninth biggest seafood-producing region in the world, with 80 percent of high-value wild salmon species like sockeye, coho and king salmon originating from its waters. Their daughter, Latisha runs the business now, with grandchildren Jaden and Elise. She also runs her own business. Leigha is a very successful Realtor in Tennessee.

As a Military Spouse, LaVerne is very proud to have earned her Military Relocation Professional Certification because she understands their needs and has worked with VA buyers and sellers for over 17 years in Real Estate.

The cities that the Pettigen’s serve are: Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, Big Lake and Mat-Su Valley.

For more information about the Pettigen Team, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
The Pettigen Team
Herrington & Company
(907) 242-7955 (cell)
(907) 263-9370 (office)
[email protected]

ALASKA - Chris Calhoon ~ Fort Wainwright; Eielson Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, USA, AUGUST 2, 2017/ ---Christopher “Chris” Calhoon is a highly regarded and immensely respected Vietnam Veteran.

Chris is also immensely decorated, being the recipient of the Purple Heart Decoration, Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star of Valor awards, the Cross of Gallantry with the Bronze Star, Sea Service Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Parachutist's Badge, Air Assault Badge and Master Army Aviator Badge.

Chris was born in San Francisco, California, raised in San Rafael and attended the University of San Francisco, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. 

Chris says, “My mother wanted me to be an Attorney, but I excelled in history, and because of the war, it was mandatory to be in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) in college. I loved it. I worshipped the NCO’s there. I was drafted in 1968.”

Chris worked 3 jobs while in college and received a scholarship for ROTC, which paid the tuition for his Junior and Senior year and deferred his draft status until he graduated. In his Junior year, he was the number one Cadet as a Brigade Sergeant Major and in his Senior year he was the Brigade Commander and won the Military Science Award.

In June of 1970, Chris was commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant in the Army and went to the United States Army Officer Candidate School for training as an Airborne Ranger, where only 40% graduated, due to its level of difficulty.

Chris was then assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in the 82nd Airborne Division 3rd Brigade 1-505 Infantry and his job was 1st Rifle Platoon Leader. He was selected to be the Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, where there was only one Leader per Infantry Battalion. 

Then, he went to Vietnam. 

Chris says, “I was on the Cambodian border, by myself. We didn’t go in Units. I was made a Battalion Senior Adviser with a South Vietnamese Infantry Battalion, the 52nd Regimen - Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN).”

Chris traveled with them on combat operations until March of 1972. He then went on his R&R. While he was there, his Unit in Vietnam got overrun and decimated. He flew back and couldn’t go back to them because of the remnants. Every single one of them were surrounded and wounded, due to the Offensive of 1972. Chris recalls, “The casualties of the advisers were so severe that I had to help out another regiment advisory team and didn’t rejoin my team until July.”

Chris spent the rest of his tour in Anlock and left in 1974. He says, “Subsequently, I went to Fort Wolters, Texas, to train to become an Army Helicopter Pilot and then went to Advanced Helicopter Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Then, I was assigned to Fort Richardson in Alaska and they put me in the 120th Assault Helicopter Company. As a result, I was a UH-1 Section Leader and the AH-1 Cobra Platoon Leader and Operations Manager.”

Chris then left aviation and moved over to the Infantry Brigade, where he commanded an Infantry Company. He states that Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., was the Brigade Commander and “Norm put me in Command of the 173rd Aviation Section, so I went back to Fort Benning for the Infantry Officer Career Courses.”

He relocated to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for the 101st Airborne ‘Screaming Eagles’ as the first Leader of the Attack Helicopter Battalion - 229, the AH-1 Cobra. He then became a Company Commander and moved on to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, to attend Air Command and Staff College. He says, “From there, they sent me to the Navy Base Coronado, where I flew off Amphibious Assault Ships with the UH-1N. Then, I worked on the USS Tripoli and Tarawa as an Air Operations Officer and wrote the daily air plan. I spent almost 12 months at sea, all in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Hawaii, the Philippines, Hawaii, Okinawa, Korea, Australia and San Diego.”

Chris met his beautiful wife, Rina, at the Marine Corp’s Recruit Depot Officers Club and it was love at first sight for him. He was then promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and sent to Alaska, having been selected to Command the 222nd Aviation Battalion at Fort Wainwright.

Chris then went to the Army College at Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania, before being sent to Hawaii as Commander of Chief of the Pacific at the All States Headquarters. He says, “I was selected as a speech writer for Huntington Hardisty, the great 4 Star Admiral-in-Charge and then selected for Brigade Commander as a Full Colonel. I was very honored to have this position because I got along very well with him and his wife. I was privy to the personal side of his life and he was truly a stand-up guy. This was my last assignment.”

Chris was sent back to Alaska at Fort Wainwright and commanded the Aviation Brigade of the 6th Infantry Division until he retired, where he had also practiced Real Estate part time while he was a Pilot, flying commercial helicopters for Hele Lifts & Air Logistics of Alaska.

After three years, he decided to become a full-time agent because, “My Real Estate checks were doubled to my Pilot checks and I was tired of being overworked and underpaid, so I opened my own business in 1998. I became the first exclusive buyer’s agent in Fairbanks.”

Fairbanks, known as ‘The Golden Heart City,” is located in the central Tanana Valley, straddling the Chena River near its confluence with the Tanana River. Immediately north of the city is a chain of hills that rises gradually until it reaches the White Mountains and the Yukon River.

The service areas for Chris are Fairbanks, the North Pole, Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base.

For more information about “Military Friendly AgentChris Calhoon, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:

Chris Calhoon

The BUYER’S Brokerage

(907) 460-7905

[email protected]

Click Link Below To See Chris Calhoon's Published Press Release:

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ARIZONA - Mary (And Logan) Wolf ~ Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"I’m a member of the Military Affairs Committee and the Tucson Chamber of Commerce to help those affiliated with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.”
Mary Wolf

TUCSON, ARIZONA, USA, May 22, 2017 / -- Mary Wolf is an exuberant, diligent and thoughtful Real Estate Agent with Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Arizona.

Mary was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her parents moved to Tucson when she was seven years old, and her dad worked in the copper mines in San Manuel. 

As a single mom raising her daughter, Amanda, Mary worked at various jobs in the restaurant industry, a CPA firm, American Airlines, a Veterinary Technician and as a Private Investigator. 

Mary has always been a go- getter and says there is no “impossible” in her book. Mary has always been a people-person and decided to go to work as the General Manager and Marketing Director for five McDonald’s restaurants. She says, “I was able to support my community by reaching out to those in need who were staying at the Ronald McDonald House. I did fundraisers and cooked for the families who were staying at the house.” Mary also worked with local schools to help raise money for the PTA, and she would escort Ronald around to meet all the kids. She has been a big part in putting on “McTeacher’s Nights” in local McDonald’s restaurants.

Mary has always wanted to help children. One of her fondest childhood memories is getting “See’s Candy” from her grandmother and aunts. “I remember going into the See’s Candy store and the smell of chocolate made we want to try all of the pieces.” She says, “I also noticed how happy and friendly everyone was. So, when I became an adult, I decided to work part time with See’s Candy. I work at the store during the holidays. I love meeting all the customers who come in.”

Mary has self-dedication and compassion for her community and has volunteered for several outreach programs, such as the Southern Arizona Center for Sexual Assault (SACASA), where she underwent seven weeks of intense training to be a part of the crisis line. She currently volunteers at ‘Stand Up For Kids’ where she helps feed and clothe the homeless kids in Tucson.

Mary feels very blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization, as she has met so many kids that have become a part of her life. “It’s very rewarding to help our kids get a fresh start. I help in fundraisers to raise money to help support such a wonderful cause and I am diligently working on obtaining an outreach facility for them.”

Mary met her future husband, Todd Wolf, in 2009. They were married in 2015. She knew he was the one. “He always makes me smile and laugh and he has been very supportive in anything that I want to take on. We merged two families; one daughter and three sons.” She says. “Two sons served in the Marines – in Iraq, Afghanistan and Honduras - and a daughter-in law who was in the Coast Guard. We also have nine grandchildren.” Mary loves spending time and watching all the grandchildren grow, because they are all amazing.

Mary and Todd are also investors and do their own ‘fix and flips’. Mary was having so much fun in Real Estate, she decided to get her Real Estate license to be able to share this experience with others.

A very important person to Mary is one of her best friends and preferred Lending Partners, Krista Anderson. “Krista was my client at first, that’s how we met. I love her. She’s my rock and my business partner. She’s closed more deals for me than any other lender because she’s ‘Johnny-on-the-spot.’ She’s wonderful and she keeps me sane. She’s a little blonde firecracker and she takes exceptional care of my clients.”

Todd is an Engineer at Raytheon, which is a Defense Contract Company. Mary and Krista offer a special deal for Raytheon employees and their extended families. It includes a $500.00 home warranty and up to $500.00 in closing costs.

Another great love of Mary’s is her beloved Wolf dog, Logan, whom she is most identified with on her marketing material. “We had to go through extensive interviews so we could understand Wolves. We got Logan at four weeks old and he went to work with me for sixteen weeks. He’s very gentle, warm, loyal, calm and a protector of his Mama. He loves everybody he meets. He’s a people- person and so very intelligent. I’ve learned so much respect and honor by having a Wolf, because he’s not like any other family member (dog.). Logan loves meeting my clients and they love to have a picture with him.” Mary also has two other babies, Ellie Mae and Dallas. Both are very dear to her heart and she loves spending time playing and enjoying cuddle time with all three.

Mary has an affinity for the Military because of her family members who have served in the Military. Her three uncles served in the Marines, the Navy and Army. “I got my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification because I want to serve our Military in their home-buying or selling. I believe that since they protected us, it’s our turn to protect them. They’ve given their lives for our country and it’s an honor to do all that I can for them." She says, “I’m also a member of the Military Affairs Committee and the Tucson Chamber of Commerce to help those affiliated with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.”

Tucson will always be her home.

Mary proudly serves Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Avra Valley, Green Valley, Marana, Rita Ranch, Vail and Sahuarita.

For more information about "Military Friendly Agent" Mary Wolf, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Mary Wolf
Tierra Antigua Realty
(520) 551-5669
[email protected]

Click Link Below To See Mary's Published Press Release:

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                        ******* CALIFORNIA *******

CALIFORNIA (LOS ANGELES) - Howard Curry ~ Los Angeles Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"It was a natural fit for me to get my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification, due to my Military background. I have an affinity for people who have served."
Howard Curry

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, January 11, 2017 / --

Howard Curry is an impressively skilled Broker Associate at Century 21 Beachside Realtors in Southern California.

Howard was born in Japan and is the son of a career Army Veteran. 

His family moved every two years to places such as Frankfurt, Presidio, Okinawa, Washington D.C., and Denver before his father retired in San Antonio, Texas. He says, “As a kid, I personally had a tough time because we moved so often. Just as I began to make friends and look forward to the new school year, we had to relocate. Because of that, I never had any lifelong friends, with very few exceptions, such as my dad’s friends’ kids who were my age. We would run across each other at various Military bases. It was a way of life which offered a lot of opportunities for world travel, but it could also be very difficult.”

After high school graduation, Howard attended Texas A&M University and received a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering.

During his early professional career, he worked for Fortune 100 companies in the telecommunications industry designing telephone circuits and cable television systems. Subsequently, he transitioned to the defense electronics and aerospace industry to build high tech aircraft electronics and weapons systems.

Additionally, he also distinguished himself as an entrepreneur having owned a successful engineering consulting firm and was one of the co-founders for a start-up Information Technology (IT) company.

Howard says, “I enjoyed almost every endeavor I was exposed to in my life. With so many interests and opportunities, it was a challenge to zero in on just one thing. While I was in college, the Navy approached me on a program for Pilots and I always had a desire to fly. My preference was to be a Fighter Pilot and I felt that Navy Pilots were special due to their capability to operate off an aircraft carrier. I discussed this opportunity with my father as it was a dilemma for me. Should I graduate and become an Engineer or a Pilot?

One year after graduation, the same recruiter called me and asked me what I was doing for lunch. We met and unexpectedly we were 'wheels up' in a T-34C where he allowed me fly the aircraft. I was exhilarated! Shortly afterwards, I reported to the Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) in Pensacola, Florida. Anecdotally, AOCS was the premise for the movieAn Officer and a Gentleman’. Initially, there were approximately 48 people in the class; however, only 16 graduated due to the demanding nature of the program.”

Howard’s Naval career spans over 20 years and is interspersed with both active duty and reserve time. He served as a Senior Intelligence Officer and attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. His experience included assignments at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), National Reconnaissance Office, Naval Special Warfare Command, and in the aviation community. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility to include serving as Commanding Officer and attaining the rank of Commander. He says, “My experience with the intelligence community has been a blessing as it provided me with interesting aerospace and defense electronics opportunities working as a Systems Engineer and Project Manager.”

One of his key contributions to the community was his service as a Los Angeles Reserve Police Officer. He graduated from the LAPD Reserve Academy and was assigned to the 77th Division in South Central Los Angeles for 3 years.

There he worked as a Patrol Officer. Aside from performing typical law enforcement duties, he was recognized for actively supporting various local events for the homeless. He also received a letter of commendation for his participation in restoring order during the 1992 LA riots.

Howard says, “I love challenges; however, I’ve worked for so many years in a fast paced, high stress environment that I was simply burned out. I wanted better control of my destiny and to transition to something completely different where I could work on my own time, so I decided to get into Real Estate.”

Howard’s Real Estate background includes residential investment properties. He studied Real Estate at Mt. San Antonio College. He is currently a ‘Million Dollar Producer’ at Century 21 Beachside in Chino Hills. He is an expert property valuations professional having provided extensive Broker Price Opinions for major financial institutions.

His certifications and designations includes Military Relocation Professional, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource, Broker Price Opinion Resource. He is a designated USAA Preferred Broker and Navy Federal Credit Union Realty Plus Agent.

He is a member of Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals and sits as Vice Chair on the Commercial Committee for The Inland Gateway Association of Realtors.

Howard says, “It was a natural fit for me to get my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification, due to my Military background. I have an affinity for people who have served. As a Realtor, you serve your clients and Military Veterans are a very special group. I’m qualified to assist them, but you also need relevant experience and credentials to leverage that knowledge and build a profile which allows others to recognize that you mean business.”

Howard’s service areas in Southern California encompasses areas within Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties. The cities that he works in include Chino, Chino Hills, Upland, Los Angeles, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Eastvale, Glendora, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Corona, Temecula, Murrieta, Arcadia, Covina, West Covina Glendora, Azusa, San Dimas, Pomona, Montclair, Duarte, Monrovia, Norwalk, Rialto, Loma Linda, Redlands, Walnut, Yorba Linda.

For more information about “Military Friendly AgentHoward Curry, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Howard Curry
Century 21 Beachside
(714) 696-1996
[email protected]

CALIFORNIA (CORONADO) Reserved For Gerri-Lynn Fives ~ Naval Base Coronado; Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton; Naval Base San Diego; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar; Naval Base San Diego; Naval Base Point Loma; U.S. Coast Guard Station San Diego; VA San Diego Healthcare System

CALIFORNIA (Sacramento) Reserved For Adrienne Guthrie-Mott ~ Beale Air Force Base

                        ******* COLORADO *******

COLORADO (COLORADO SPRINGSReserved For Terry MacRaeFort Carson; Peterson Air Force Base; Schreiver Air Force BaseU.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA); North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)

                     ******* CONNECTICUT *******

                     ******* DELAWARE *******

DELAWARE (DOVER- Kate Gleeson ~ Dover Air Force Base

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"That company was FAMILY. They helped groom me to be the leader I am today and I am forever grateful. I still have strong relationships to this day with many of those Soldiers”
Kate Gleeson

DOVER, DELAWARE, USA, June 22, 2017 / -- Kate Gleeson is a United States Army Veteran who is dedicated to serving Veterans and Active Duty Military members and their families find a place they can call home.

Kate is a Realtor® at eXp Realty, the Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage®, in Dover, Delaware, where their network of agents and brokers build their businesses by attending classes, strategizing, collaborating, innovating, and building unity amongst each other in a virtual environment.

Kate was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, raised in Doylestown, and graduated from Central Bucks High School West, where she played soccer and was a captain her senior year. She worked in the summer as an Activities Director at a day camp, running a rock wall and low ropes course for 9-12 year olds.

Kate graduated from the University of Delaware, majoring in Criminal Justice with a Spanish Minor. She had always wanted to be a federal law enforcement officer and even did her high school senior project on the Secret Service because “My uncle was a Philadelphia cop and when the Secret Service came to town, he was the point man. I was so interested in that line of work and knew that was the direction I wanted to take!”

However, just when Kate was about to graduate from high school and ready to start college, her guidance counselor mentioned, “I think you would have been good at one of the military academies.” No one had ever said that to her before and so that seed was planted. Because of that seed, Kate decided to join an ROTC program at UD. Early in that first fall semester, a stranger approached her between classes and said “You’re Kate, right? You would LOVE Ranger Company class!” That stranger got Kate hooked and later became a best friend. The class taught different infantry battle drills and leadership tactics and concluded with a Field Training Exercise. Towards the end of her freshman year, Kate was offered a 3- year scholarship from the Army ROTC program. “I knew from Day 1 that I was meant for the military,” Kate says. She willingly accepted the opportunity.

As a cadet, Kate was chosen to attend and graduated from the United States Army Airborne School. She also won the prestigious Marshall Award for being the top cadet in her senior class.

Kate’s first choice of branch was to be in the Signal Corps. She was accepted and attended her Officer Basic Course at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and got orders to the 112th Signal Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She was a Platoon Leader and one of only 3 females in her company. They supported the Special Forces Units when they deployed with their communication equipment. She says, “This was by far my most favorite job of my career... that company was FAMILY. They helped groom me to be the leader I am today and I am forever grateful. I still have strong relationships to this day with many of those Soldiers.”

Kate was deployed first to Mosul, Iraq and also to Qatar before returning back to Fort Bragg and taking over as her company’s Executive Officer. Shortly after that she got orders to be the Executive Officer at Bravo Company, 3rd Psychological Operations (PSYOP) Battalion - the TV and radio broadcast company that supported the other battalions in the 4th PSYOP Group.

While Kate was at the POG, she “sold her way” into Jumpmaster school. “I remember that there were only four slots open, and there were five us on standby to get in the class. There was an SF Sergeant Major who only wanted to let one more in, but I guaranteed him that the last two of us would graduate if he let us both in. That got a nervous look from the E-6 next to me. Good thing the SGM believed me. We both were first time ‘GOs’!”

Kate did decide to get out of the military after 4+ years for personal reasons yet landed an incredible job with Ethicon Endo Surgery, a division of Johnson&Johnson, selling medical devices used in surgery. It was an incredible training opportunity to learn and hone her sales skills.

After she bounced around to Long Island, Seattle, and Denver with J&J, Kate decided to take a leap of faith and move back east so she could marry her college crush. Leaving J&J was necessary, so she took her father’s advice and started a career in real estate. It clicked! She signed up for the real estate class and has never looked back!

Kate has thrived in every aspect of her new calling ever since. She takes a consultative sales approach with her clients and her main goal is to keep the process simple while keeping more money in their pockets.

Kate has never forgotten the importance of educating and informing the public of the sacrifices that our military men and women experience every single day – whether overseas or at home. She has lost a number of friends and Soldiers to suicide and is focused upon bringing a deeper awareness to the reality of this tragedy.

In that same spirit, Kate partnered with fellow eXp Realty Realtor® Dan Sawyer to create a fundraiser for the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund, sponsored by the Friends of Delaware Veterans, Inc. The Friends’ sole job is to raise money for the fund, which has ZERO overhead, meaning 100% of the fund goes back to Delaware Veterans.

Kate works in the Dover Air Force Base community and loves working with anyone moving in and out of the base. She is familiar with VA loans, has incredible connections to VA lenders, and is knowledgeable in the military moving process.

For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” Kate Gleeson, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Kate Gleeson
eXp Realty Delaware
(302) 632-8699

Click Link Below To See Kate's Published Press Release

                     ******* DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA *******
                            (WASHINGTON, DC

                        ******* FLORIDA*******

FLORIDA - Edward "Ed" Besecky (Cocoa Beach) - Patrick Air Force BaseCape Canaveral Air Force Station

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"My dad was a U.S. Army Military Veteran who served in World War II and the Korean War and I wanted to follow in his footsteps by serving our great nation.”
Edward Besecky

COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA, USA, January 23, 2018 / -- Edward Ed Besecky is a charismatic and well-informed Real Estate Agent at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Ed graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York in 1982. He says, “My dad was a U.S. Army Military Veteran who served in World War II and the Korean War and I wanted to follow in his footsteps by serving our great nation.” 

After graduation, Ed was commissioned as an officer (Ensign) in the US Naval Reserves (USN-R), proudly serving for 11 years and reaching the rank of Lieutenant.

Starting in 1982, Ed worked for the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for 31 years. He says, “I was an International Program Manager and worked closely with military for the nations of Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Afghanistan, and Germany during the later stages of his career.” In the early stages, Ed was a Maritime Analyst and production line supervisor.

As a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) entity, Ed worked closely with the DoD and major foreign allies – standardizing and exchanging maps – making sure the foreign partner conformed to US/NATO standards. He was responsible for providing his foreign partners with the latest, updated maps. “I was in charge of making sure their mapping was in accordance with the United States policy, guidance and direction for my specific country.” Ed deployed to SW Asia in support of the programs that he managed.

One of Ed’s favorite projects was when he deployed for nine months working on a research ship in partnership with the Naval Oceanographic Office. This research ship collected sediment samples from the bottom of the ocean then researched, analyzed it and mapped it. “We needed to know what the bottom of the ocean was made of.” The ship also collected magnetic, bathymetric, and hydrographic data for U.S. Government use. The analysis of ocean data makes it possible to understand the ocean in new and exciting ways.

Ed was working in the Electronic Navigation Division at DMA when he met his wife, Karen, who was also working at DMA. They began socializing, became best friends, fell in love and married in 1987. Ed and Karen are now both licensed realtors for Coldwell Banker in Cocoa Beach, FL. Together they have two sons, Jason and Brett. Jason graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and is currently a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. Brett followed his parent’s footsteps and pursued a career in Real Estate with them.

Brett says, “I knew at the age of 4 that I wanted to be a fighter pilot. My grandfather was in the Air Force and my other grandfather was in the Korean War. I loved to hear all of his Military stories and watch old Army movies with him. I have the most immense respect for those who serve our country. My brother went to the Air Force Academy and I’ve always looked up to him. He knows the answer to everything and I consider him to be the smartest person on the planet and has the truest of hearts. Personally, I have always had two loves; salesmanship and traveling. I have a way with words and I love immersing myself through different cultures. My parents took us on vacations all over the world and I am so in awe of that. I’m honored and appreciative of that experience. Right now, I’m studying at Eastern Florida State College to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Sales and Marketing. In Real Estate and I negotiate with my client’s best interest in mind. It takes a tenacious agent to get the right home for their client. I would like to have a family of my own one day with someone who shares the same entrepreneurial spirit as I do, where we grow it, trim it and nurture it together. After my world travels, I want to settle down with someone special. I want quality. I need someone who has the ability to see life 20 years into the future.”

Ed is extremely proud of his family. He says. “We’re a Military family, through and through. We idolize and adore our Military community here near Patrick Air Force Base and I earned my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification to be of service to our local Veterans and relocating Active-Duty families.”

For more information about “Military-FriendlyAgent Ed Besecky, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Edward Besecky
(321) 431-6311
Sales Agent at Coldwell Banker
[email protected]

Click Link Below To See Ed's Published Press Release:

FLORIDA (Tampa) - Karen Fay Ottewell ~ MacDill Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"There is nothing more satisfying than giving back to Military. I want to give a polished approach to perfecting the art of finding the ultimate house for our Veterans and Active Duty Military families”
Karen Fay Ottewell

TAMPA, FLORIDA, USA, October 2, 2017 / -- Karen Fay Ottewell is a brilliant, charismatic and an astute Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Bay to Bay, in Tampa, Florida.

Karen is known as “The British Realtor.” She was born in Southampton, England, which is on the south coast of England, and is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire, seventy-five miles south-west of London. 

She says, “I came from a University town where the legendary Titanic took sail from Southampton on its maiden voyage. Our town lost hundreds of people in the tragedy.”

Karen has very fond memories of her childhood there. “I grew up in the New Forest, which includes one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest in the heavily populated south of England.” She says, “Ponies ran wild and I rode them bareback as a child. Queen Victoria had a summer retreat on the Isle of White and the Queen owns the New Forest. I personally met Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who was one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords.”

With such an idyllic childhood, Karen wanted to indulge the people of her community, so she attained a catering degree for Hotels and Restaurants in England and Europe. She was a well-respected Commissioned Chef working at the Royal Hotel in Southampton, and went on to work for Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey. Founded by Thomas Sutton in 1611, where Hereditary Peers and Princes attended and still do to this day.

Karen met her future husband, Simon, a businessman who owned his own Company, selling appliances, and they had an instant connection. Together, they decided to get into business and opened two “Impulse Discount Stores” which retained a catalog clothing return line, which is equivalent to outlet malls in America. Karen and Simon wanted to expand their businesses, so they opened a Printing and Computer Designing Company and named it “ABD” after their son, Alexander Benjamin David. She says, “A wholesaler bought both of our businesses, which financed our move to America.”

Karen and her family moved to Brandon, Florida near Tampa, with a Business Visa in 2000. The terms were in writing. As long as they owned a business and employed a minimum of three American citizens - they were fully funded on an E-2 Visa. They employed 38 staff members and bought a house and a housecleaning business called “The Cleaning Authority.” Their company outperformed the number one house cleaning service, ‘Merry Maids’ in Florida and won many awards due to their conversion rate of 95%.

As the business ran so efficiently, Karen elected to get into Real Estate so that they wouldn’t miss any opportunities to help non-represented customers whose houses were up for sale. Karen obtained her Real Estate License immediately, joined the Re/Max company and took off from there. Unfortunately, while driving to an appointment, she got into a major automobile accident with a Direct TV vehicle, which almost ended her life.

Once she settled that lawsuit; she gifted her son Alex, $50,000.00 to do whatever he wanted to do. She says, “Alex graduated from Leonard High School as an ‘A student’ in design, technology and computers and went to Orlando Technical College. Alex was wise. He didn’t want to rack up debt with student loans, and upon his mother’s advice, he went away to become a Marine Mechanic.”

Karen was a proud mom. Not only had she raised and taught her son well, but she advised him to have a trade to fall back upon should anything happen. Alex did so, and with the money his mother gave him, he decided to invest in properties, just like his mom and dad, and has become a very successful entrepreneur in Florida.

Karen, herself, has accumulated many prestigious awards through Re/Max, which Alex proudly posts on his social media pages. In 2016, she became a 5 time Award Winner, which was a huge unexpected celebration.

Karen is very proud of her family members who served in the Military. Her youngest brother served with the British Army in the Gulf War, and her Great Uncle in the Burma War with Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma, the uncle of Prince Charles. She says, “I sincerely enjoy working with Veterans and Military families. They can be disconnected with day-to-day life when they return. You should always empathize when working with people who lead such a dangerous life and count your blessings as you thank the servicemen and women you come into contact with. They literally need to switch gears and deal with the world they left behind, fighting for the rights of their fellow citizens. People tend to forget that. They take their freedom for granted.”

Karen earned her Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification because she wanted to help evaluate every situation for her Military clients. “I fight for them,” Karen says, “I want them to have the best deal possible. They have such a burden on their shoulders – and just like the wars they fight for us – we have to fight for them. It’s our responsibility. There is nothing more satisfying than giving back to Military. I want to give a polished approach to perfecting the art of finding the ultimate house for our Veterans and Active Duty Military families. House buying should be a joyous, exciting experience. It should be thrilling and a high!”

Karen serves the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Wimauma, Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, Lithia, Seffner, Palmetto, Bradenton, Sarasota, Maderia Beach, Treasure Island, Reddington Beach, Wesley Chapel. Lutz, Dade City and Dover. ‘Sterling Service in The British Tradition’ has always held true to heart!” she says.

For more information about “Military Friendly AgentKaren Fay Ottewell, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Karen Fay Ottewell
RE/Max Bay To Bay
(813) 625-1371
[email protected]

Click Link Below To See Karen's Published Press Release:

FLORIDA  Robert "Bob" Breathitt - Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"I believe I am well qualified to assist Veterans on every level and I want them to know who I am and that I am there for them. I look forward to working with them in whatever capacity they need.”
Bob Breathitt

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA , USA, April 18, 2018 / -- Bob Breathitt is a commendable, respected and trustworthy Real Estate Agent at Southern Real Estate Sales in Pensacola, Florida. He is also licensed to work in the State of Alabama.

Bob was born in San Diego, California, due to his father being stationed at Camp Pendleton as a Marine Corps Boot Camp Instructor. The family later moved to Marin County in Northern California where he graduated from San Rafael High School.

Upon graduation, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy and went to Boot Camp at Naval Air Station, San Diego, California. He says, "I was able to get a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), in Aviation Electronics. My dad, a Marine Corps Veteran with multiple tours in Vietnam, didn’t want me in Vietnam, because he truly loved his son and that, alone, really played a big part in my decision. I looked up to him and respected his advice.”

Bob was then transferred across the country to the very prestigious Naval Aviation "A" School in Millington, Tennessee, and then to North Island, California to go to school for water and land survival training, then to Moffett Field in California for extensive flight training.

Bob flew on the P-3 Orion Patrol Aircraft, which is uniquely suited as the world’s premier multi-mission maritime long-endurance aircraft. The P-3 performs air, surface and subsurface patrol and reconnaissance tasks over extended periods - far from any support facilities. “I wore several hats.” He recalls. “ I was the communications coordinator and the electronics systems repairman while on flights. The P-3 flew long missions, often 12 to 16 hours. During the mission, if something broke, we fixed what we could.”

Bob was stationed at several bases, including Naval Air Station Barber’s Point Oahu, Hawaii, where he was assigned to Patrol Wing 2, VP-6, which was famously known as “The Blue Sharks.” From there, he flew all over the Western Pacific, Southeast Asia traveling to Korea, Iran, and The Philippines.

It was here in Hawaii that his enlistment contract ended. He completed his 4-year service to the Navy. Prior to retiring to the Gulf Coast in January of 2000, Bob made his home in Western Kentucky, where he started his Real Estate education with classes in Real Estate Law at The University of Kentucky. He gained experience in building construction, zoning, and plan review and as a property investor.

As a Deputy State Fire Marshall, Bob became interested in Real Estate, since he wore several hats in this position, including City Building Inspector, national B.O.C.A. certified plan reviewer. He learned a great deal about builders, suppliers, electricians, concrete installation and much more. He got to know, very well, the relationships that existed and worked together as a whole, in the Real Estate industry. His relatives were well established there in politics, including positions as the Governor and Attorney General. He says, “I think it was expected of me to get involved in service to the government on some level.”

When his father passed, Bob left the police department to return to be a student full time. He went Austin Peay State University, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, then to the University of Kentucky where he took Real Estate Law courses.

Bob returned to Hopkinsville and joined the Fire Department, was a Fireman for 16 years and was able to retire from the State with 27 years of service in the Military, Police Department and Fire Department.

The best interest of the client is what motivates Bob. He understands that buying and selling Real Estate, especially one's own home, is a very personal and at times an emotional experience. He is involved in every aspect of the process: from competitive market analyses, price opinions, listing, and marketing. “It all comes down to living by the Golden Rule. I always try to treat clients as I'd like to be treated if I were buying or selling my own house.”

In 2000 Bob moved to Pensacola, Florida to retire. He earned his Real Estate license and bought a house near the back gate of Naval Air Station Pensacola, where he now specializes in Military Relocation. He says, “I want to help our Veteran and Active-Duty families any way that I can.”

Bob earned his Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification because he wanted to get the recognition that he is someone who truly cares about those who put their lives on the line for our safety and freedom. “As a Veteran, it is important for other Veterans and Active-Duty families to know that they can choose an expert Real Estate Agent who understands them, has their best interests at heart and will guide them with expertise as they navigate the landscape of homeownership with their PCS timeline and/or their VA Loan. I believe I am well qualified to assist them on every level and I want them to know who I am and that I am there for them. I look forward to working with them in whatever capacity they need.”

Bob’s service areas include Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Navarre, Navarre Beach, Perdido Key, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Foley, Lillian, Naval Air Station Pensacola and surrounding communities.

For more information about “Military Friendly Agent Bob Breathitt, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
(850) 255-2106
Southern Real Estate Sales
[email protected]

FLORIDA - Paul Ellsworth ~ Naval Station Mayport

* Pending Publication

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


Paul Ellsworth is a dynamic, charismatic and very productive Real Estate Agent at Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage in Jacksonville, Florida.

Paul was born at the Military hospital in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, then moved to Hawaii where his father was stationed at Hickham Air Force Base before transferring to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.

“It was wonderful.” He says, “The Bases offered me a plethora of experiences and opportunities that I cherish to this day. 

I was able to tour the submarines on family day in Hawaii, and at Tinker, I got to observe the Native American Indian culture and history, including seeing the AWOK hurricane chasers and the B-52 Bombers.”

Paul subsequently moved to Fort Meyer and then Tallahasee, Florida, before graduating from Lincoln High School. In his Junior year, his family hosted a German exchange student and that summer, Paul went to Germany as an exchange student and traveled with a group who were members of the Fulbright Society. “We flew to England first, and I was able to visit ‘Windsor Castle’, which is a royal residence in the English county of Berkshire. It is notable for its long association with the English and later British royal family and for its architecture.” He recalls, “It was very cool to be there, because ‘The Royal Observatory’ was nearby, and it’s the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian line.”

After visiting ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ (cliffs that form part of the English coastline facing the Strait of Dover and France) Paul took a ferry boat across to Belgium, before embarking on a train to Germany. The group was chaperoned by a retired Air Force Colonel named Mr. Braxton.

Paul’s host family lived in Cologne, Germany, and one of his fondest memories was being able to go up to the top of the highest mountain in Germany – Zugspitze – in a cable car.

Paul was equally thrilled to visit the ‘Hohe Domkirche Sankt Petrus’ or, the ‘Cathedral Church of Saint Peter’ a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996.

While still in high school, Paul was in the U.S. Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, played trumpet in the marching band and was accepted into the Citadel in South Carolina. However, his family wanted him to be closer to home, so he enrolled at Florida State University and joined the ‘Marching Chiefs’ band.

Upon graduation, Paul worked as a Law Clerk Assistant for a visually impaired Attorney who was with the State of Florida Department of Health Care Law. He drafted legal documents for him, read cases to him and helped him navigate everything that needed to be done on a day-to-day basis.

Paul later moved to Jacksonville, Florida, and worked at the University of North Florida as an Admissions Officer and Recruiter. At the time, he also worked as an insurance agent where he attained his Series 6 National Association of Securities (NASD) licenses, eventually moving on to work with the Department of Professional Regulation as a Building Code Analyst.

He says. “My job was to review investigative reports, go through the files and determine what action, if any, needed to be further investigated. It is now known as the Florida Department of Health Care Administration. This led to me to work for the Department of Business and Professional Regulations, where I was employed in the legal division called ‘techtonics.’ We reviewed files and investigative reports related to business Real Estate to determine whether or not the State should pursue action or not.” Paul would have to either agree or disagree with the complaint, acting as a ‘go-between’ and then send the files to the Attorneys to make recommendations for or against disciplinary measures levied against licensed plumbers, roofers, electricians and anyone else working on homes.

Throughout his adult life, Paul has been active in Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Hsing- i Chaun Martial Arts. He says, “One of the most priceless gifts of martial arts practice is to get to know yourself internally and externally. Through the practice, we become aware of what we think and why. What shapes our values and beliefs, then we can step back and look at it with more of a pure mind. It is the path to self-discipline and mastery. Martial Arts is about developing the will. If you can develop your will you can do just about anything. We help shape the world of those around us by being observant, disciplined and aware.”

Paul utilizes this knowledge in his Real Estate endeavors, not only by putting the needs of his clients first, but by listening to them and truly understanding what they want. He works tirelessly at making sure their best interests are met.

Having bought, sold, rented and invested in Real Estate, as well as having been a National Bank Loan Officer, Paul has a solid grasp on the needs of his clients. His focus is on Real Estate education, which has earned him several designations and certifications, including the Certified Real Estate Specialist (CRES), Certified International Property Specialist Designation (CIPS), the Masters Certification Negotiation Expert (MCNE) and the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification.

Paul says, “The MRP Certification means a lot to me on a personal level. I am from a Military family and I want to give back to our Service Members. Moving and buying a house is not always easy. I endeavor to make it a wonderful experience because I like happy people! Our Veterans and Active Duty members have protected and continue to protect my freedom, putting their lives on the line every minute of every day.”

Paul’s service areas include Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, and the Intracoastal West, in Florida.

For more information about “Military Friendly RealtorPaul Ellsworth, please visit these important websites:,-CIPS,-RSPS,-MRP_Jacksonville_FL_3086215_158074927#

Media Contact:

Paul Ellsworth

(904) 403-2228

Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage

[email protected]

                                    ******* GEORGIA *******

GEORGIA - The McLain & Batson Team - Bob, Gail And Morgan - Fort Benning

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"If I were in the Military, I would want to work with an MRP because they went the extra mile to show that they care and that they are knowledgeable about VA loans and all aspects of Military life.”
Gail McLain

COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, USA, March 20, 2017 / -- Bob and Gail McLain along with their granddaughter Morgan Batson, of CENTURY 21 Premier Real Estate in Columbus, Georgia, are Certified Military Relocation Professionals (MRP’s).

Bob says, “My Dad was in the Army Air Force (AAF) and worked in Aviation as a Radio Communications Technician.”

Gail says, “My Dad was in the Army so I understand the situations that they are put in. Women who stay home while their husbands are deployed go through a tremendous amount of stress, worrying about the safety of their spouse overseas while handling all the responsibilities at home and raising the children – my heart just goes out to them. I care about them deeply because they sacrifice so much for our country.”

Morgan reveals, “The Military are such a wonderful group of people who are so loyal to one another, which is why it is very important to give them excellent service. It’s imperative to understand their language, their needs and their circumstances because they deserve the utmost respect for protecting our country and fighting for our freedoms. I never take what they do for granted and I am truly honored to be able to assist them in any way that I can.”

After high school, Bob worked in the textile mill as the Weaving Mechanical Supervisor while attending Southern University College. He later worked for Kimberly Clark Corporation before becoming a tire builder for Michelin Tire Company. It was during this time that Bob decided to get his Real Estate license & begin his current career.

Bob is a Certified New Home Specialist; Certified Marketing Specialist; USAA Certified; Multi-Million Dollar Club; Lifetime member of the Columbus Board of Realtors Circle of Excellence; Phenix City Board of Realtors Circle of Merit; a facilitator of Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University, proud owner of German Shepherd dogs and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Ellerslie, Georgia.

In the 1980’s Gail became a licensed Realtor and like many other homemakers, she thought it would be a ‘cool’ part-time job. “It didn’t quite work out that way!” She says, “I loved working in real estate but with teenage children still at home, I soon realized that it was too much of a sacrifice of family time.” Therefore, Gail decided to attend Columbus State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. She worked in banking for 15 years before retiring in 2011. “To be a great Realtor, you must be full-time and very committed, so many years after my children were grown, I retired from Wells Fargo and became a full-time Real Estate agent working with my husband, Bob.”

Gail is currently a member of the Columbus Board of Realtors, the Phenix City Board of Realtors, the Georgia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. A member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Gail facilitates Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University classes, loves her German Shepherd dogs, cats, chickens, cooking, sewing, gardening and volunteers at Sound Choices Pregnancy Center.

Morgan graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science. She says, “I really wanted to be a Physician’s Assistant because I always wanted to help people. Then, my grandparents came to me and said ‘We really need your help… why don’t you come join our team?’ I had no idea of what I was getting into, but I was excited and I loved it! I got my Real Estate license in two months and I am so very blessed to have my grandparents in my life. They are extremely supportive of me and encourage me in everything that I do.”

Morgan is a member of the Columbus Board of Realtors Circle of Excellence, the Phenix City Board of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. She was awarded the Rookie of the Year for 2016 by the Columbus Board of Realtors. An avid fitness expert, she teaches BUTI yoga and loves her daily workouts. Morgan is a member of the Junior League of Columbus and enjoys playing on a kickball team with her high school sweetheart & boyfriend of 10 years.

Bob says, “I am so proud of Morgan and I’m so grateful to have her with us, and Gail is my best friend… she keeps me on the straight and narrow. We value the Christian principles and we treat our clients the way Jesus would treat anyone.”

Gail says, “I couldn’t be more excited to have Morgan on our team, and I love the fact that Bob is such a good Christian. He’s got a beautiful heart and soul. We give credit to God for our success. It is a blessing from God and we acknowledge that. All of our clients were sent to us by God and we are here to serve them.”

Bob likes working with buyers and meeting new people. He enjoys showing them houses and guiding them through the homebuying process while Gail loves helping the sellers and giving them good home staging & financial advice. It’s a match made in heaven!

Morgan says, “We’ve built our brand around the Military and Veterans. If you don’t tap into that, you’re missing out on a phenomenal group of people! They can make a choice as to who they want to work with and we’re here for them. We know what we’re talking about.”

Gail agrees. “If I were in the Military, I would want to work with an MRP because they went the extra mile to show that they care and that they are knowledgeable about VA loans and all aspects of Military life. 90% of our clients are Military so we thought it was very important that we all have the Military Relocation Professional Certification.”

For more information about “The McLain & Batson Team”, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
The McLain & Batson Team
Century 21 Premier Real Estate
(706) 888-4063
[email protected]

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IDAHO - Jody Hinton ~ Mountain Home Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"I was always very proud of my parents who cared for the enlisted Soldiers during the Korean conflict and committed their lives to service to our country.”
Jody Hinton

BOISE, IDAHO, USA, November 3, 2015 / -- Jody Hinton is an Associate Broker at Group One Real Estate in Boise, Idaho with 17 years of residential real estate experience. She and twin brother, Joseph were named after their father, Major Joseph D. Witmer.

Jody was born at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota where both parents were nurses at the base hospital. Captain Dorothy M. Abbott, outranked Joseph Sr. when they met. Both had recently returned to the U.S. following deployment to Korea. Jody says, “I was always very proud of my parents who cared for the enlisted Soldiers during the Korean conflict and committed their lives to service to our country.”

Following her parents’ marriage and the birth of the twins the Witmer family transferred to Fairchild AFB in Spokane, WA where their second daughter, Kathleen, was born. Jody’s dad received orders for anesthesia school. 

Dorothy reluctantly gave up her commission in order to stay at home to raise the children. With three children in diapers and Joe in school, they lived on very little money. Somehow they found a way, as most Military families do.

Next the family got orders for Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee Falls. Joe traveled to Massachusetts ahead of them to find housing. At this time, Dorothy was pregnant with their third daughter, Mary Theresa, and everyone felt it was best for her and the children to stay near Joseph’s family in Nampa, Idaho. Sadly, Mary Theresa was born with spina bifida, a birth frailty where there is incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord. Mary Theresa spent most of her life in the hospital and passed away at the age of two in 1965 after the move to MA.

As difficult as this situation was for the family, they joined Joseph in Massachusetts just prior to Mary Theresa’s death and it was there that they welcomed their second son and fifth child, Stephen, into the world. New orders came and Joseph was transferred and traveled ahead of the family again to Lajes Field in the Azores Islands, Portugal, which is a multi-use airfield and home to the Portuguese Air Force. It would be three months before the young family would be reunited.

Jody reflects on the incredible strength and fortitude of her mother “My mother had to make all of the arrangements and travel overseas with four young children under the age of five. Her spirits were buoyed by her faith, amazing Military family neighbors, and the letters that she exchanged with my dad. I have those letters today. This is an example of some of the everyday challenges and sacrifices that our Military families face on a daily basis. My heart goes out to all of the Military families then and since.”

Jody’s parents devoted their lives to the United States Military, Additional stations included Dyess AFB in Abilene, TX and Broomall, PA where Joseph earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.

The family was transferred to Chanute AFB in Rantoul, IL where Jody’s mother earned a Master’s Degree in Community Health from the University of Illinois and was inducted into the Veterans Honor Society. “It was 1972. At 13 I remember attending base functions and checking the Vietnam MIA list for the name on my MIA bracelet. I still have that bracelet.”

In 1974 Joseph was transferred to Adana, Turkey at Incirlik Air Base – home to the 39th Air Wing, which provides vital support to 20 Units, including the Squadrons of the 39th Mission Support and the 39th Medical Group. It was there that Joseph Witmer died on Active Duty. It was suspected he had contracted hepatitis which was something he frequently treated Military personnel for in Turkey. Jody says, “My father died on December 28th, 1976. He and my mother gave me a rare life. Life as a Military dependent offered me a chance to experience the world abroad and to gain a greater appreciation for my own country. My perspective on the world has been indelibly changed and broadened as a direct result of our Military life. I learned to develop empathy, understanding, and acceptance for cultural differences. I am profoundly grateful. I cherish every moment as a 'Military brat' and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”

Jody reflects on this monumental moment in the life of her family, especially her mother. “When my dad died overseas, my mom had to move all of us back to the United States. We mourned not only my dad, but the end of our life in the Military. My father had a huge family in Boise, Idaho and she felt it was best for us to live here. Mom is 86. She runs a parish nursing program at St. John’s Cathedral in Boise. Even at 86 she can’t deny her calling.”

Jody’s trajectory in life has been greatly influenced by her Catholic parents. She graduated from Bishop High School and the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications specializing in Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising. She married and has four beautiful children; Abby, Charley, Hailey and Aryn and makes her life, as her dad had always imagined, in Boise, Idaho.

It was after Jody accompanied her mom during her own home purchase that she decided on Real Estate as a profession. Jody appreciated her Real Estate agent’s role as a trusted advisor. Jody felt that to fill that role in someone else’s real estate transaction would be a worthy pursuit and suitable career. Her lifetime spent relocating and learning to communicate and empathize with new people and surroundings was a rich training ground for her chosen path as a Realtor.

Jody is now a well-established and respected Real Estate Associate Broker in the State of Idaho.

To find out more about Jody Hinton, please visit these websites.

Media Contact:
Jody Hinton
Group One Realty
(208) 559-5104
[email protected]

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IOWA - Barry Hesse ~ VA Central Iowa Health Care System

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"I wanted to finish my career by helping as many Military families as possible as I BEST relate to them and our shared values."
Barry Hesse

DES MOINES, IOWA , USA, December 5, 2016 / -- Barry Hesse is a “street smart” educated, ethical and experienced REALTOR® at RE/MAX Real Estate Group in Des Moines, Iowa.

Barry says, “My practice is to inform my potential Clients about ALL aspects of real estate which may pertain to them and simplify it into smaller bites to answer their questions. Today’s information is instantly on the internet, it’s easy for people to acquaint themselves with ALL the data they THINK they NEED, however if they do NOT know where to apply the 

RIGHT information at the RIGHT time, it’s POINTLESS, because real estate is such a TOUGH subject."

Barry was born in Perry, Iowa, and graduated from Panora-Linden High School. Drake University was next in his educational travels, majoring in History and having a strong interest in Religion as it historically related to his Major nearly resulting in a double Major of the two subjects. He muses, “I find it interesting the three major religions originated in the same area of the Arab world, yet many viewpoints and practices are diametrically opposed to each other.”

Barry feels he had a blessed childhood growing up on an Iowa farm that his mom and dad worked together calling it their “hobby” as well as both working 2nd jobs, his dad as a carpenter and his mom an elementary school teacher providing a comfortable life.

He feels he learned a lot about 'people' from working livestock with his dad by showing him how to read various animal signals and observing his parents people skills, whether working on someone’s farm buildings OR interacting with parents regarding their children’s education. He took his combined experiences and knowledge applying them to his real estate career.

After college, Barry went to work at Ryder’s Automotive Diesel Mechanic School as a Student Services Coordinator, i.e. student housing, loans and job placement. He began as a Lead Developer going to high school shop classes to inform students about his school’s curriculum and its six full ride tuition scholarship awards in their auto/diesel program each year.

Because of the multifaceted things he was doing, Barry asked for a 10% raise and was denied it, thus changing the direction of his life. He recalls, “I decided I wanted to do something where no one could tell me what I was worth, so I went to real estate school, got my license and began working for Universal Realty.”

As a twenty-five year old when Barry entered the world of real estate, it was a time when there were very few young Agents in the business. “I was a baby-faced kid who looked at real estate as a way for me to have the most flexibility...”

Barry says, “…the only way I could compete with those older Agents who had been around for a long time was to trade knowledge for experience and primarily I worked with 1st time home-buyers who didn’t care about my age as I was one of their peers and NOT someone bossing them around like a parent.”

To that end, Barry has consistently taken classes offered by the National Association of REALTORS® - NAR® beginning with his GRI® which he compares to a first year on-the job apprenticeship by gaining knowledge or refining his habits so as not to spin or reinvent the wheel.

NAR® states the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI®) is the mark of a Real Estate Professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation.

Barry says, “As Agents, we quickly learn to communicate with other REALTORS® who share similar values and education, especially when we are referring clients to one another. GRI® is a great starting designation because it really solidifies the processes... as a house has a basement, GRI® provides the foundation to establish an Agent early in their career.”

NAR® educationally has a natural progression which normally is to earn a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS®) designation. The CRS® is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers and brokers and truly enhances what the GRI lays out as a foundation. Less than 4% of over 2 million licensees in the United States have a CRS® designation.

Barry holds the ABR® - Accredited Buyer’s Representative and SRES® Senior Real Estate Specialist designations as well.

Most recently he earned his Military Relocation Professional (MRP®) Certification - training REALTORS® to the special real estate needs of our Military and their families. “My Dad, two Uncles, my Sister and numerous others in my life have served in the Navy OR the other Military branches,” he says, “I wanted my MRP® Certification to better understand and appreciate who my potential Military Clients are and what their needs are TODAY. An example is when Military people come in, they are very limited on time and what they must accomplish during that short window of opportunity, so it’s very important for me to walk in sync with them and not the other way around. I wanted to finish my career by helping as many Military families as possible as I BEST relate to them and our shared values.”

Barry understands the significance of the internet and social media in its importance to the real estate industry. “People are shopping for knowledge and personalities when they go online to search for a real estate Agent. Many people don’t have an Agent and they’re hoping to find someone similar to them helping them and representing their interests during the buying or selling process. My mission, what drives me in my business, is to find and provide better real estate services than 90+% of the other Agents, before they work with another Agent who provides less… by being a Military-friendly real estate professional, is one way to accomplish my mission.”

Barry is proud to be of service to those relocating to be near the VA Central Iowa Health Care System.

For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” Barry Hesse, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Barry Hesse
(515) 249-0084
RE/MAX Real Estate Group
[email protected]

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NEVADA - Robert "Rob" Keller ~ Nellis Air Force Base; Creech Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"I’ve been in their shoes. I know, firsthand, the struggles that they face are real. They’ve served our country and I’m here to serve them how ever I can.”
Rob Keller

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA , USA, January 2, 2018 / -- Rob Keller is an exciting, adventurous and stellar Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As a career Navy Veteran, Rob has a passion and desire to assist all Military families with their Real Estate needs. He says, “I’ve been in their shoes. I know, firsthand, the struggles that they face are real. They’ve served our country and I’m here to serve them how ever I can.”

Rob was born in Pomeroy, Washington, grew up in Forest Grove, Oregon where he learned his work ethic as a logger in his dad’s logging company starting at age 9, he graduated from Forest Grove High School and enlisted in the Navy. He was sent to the Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, for basic training and transferred to Millington, Tennessee, for Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) “A” School, where members receive a combination of hands-on and classroom instruction in aviation technical training.

Soon enough, Rob was assigned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington, where he was in the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) working as an Aviation Hydraulic Technician. On his second tour, Rob went to Oahu, Hawaii, attached to Patrol Squadron VP-1, Screaming Eagles, which is an aviation squadron operating the P-3C Orion aircraft from its home port at NAS Barbers Point.

While in Hawaii, Rob became deeply involved in scuba diving, becoming a dive-master, working at a dive shop assisting the instructors in dive safety during open water training dives. He recalls, “There’s nothing in the world that compares to living in Hawaii as a young man while in the Military. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Now stationed back at Whidbey Island, Rob worked with Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-129, Vikings as Phase Maintenance Supervisor. VAQ-129 was the Navy’s Fleet Replenishment Squadron for EA-6B Prowlers serving the Navy. VAQ-129 trains and provides continuing education for Aviators and Naval Flight Officers.

Following VAQ-129 Rob transferred to VAQ-140, Patriots as Corrosion Control Leading Petty Officer. While attached to the Patriots Rob deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy during the Kosovo war as part of a Joint Squadron with VAQ-138 and VAQ-209. He oversaw 26 men in the completion of scheduled maintenance on the Joint Squadron’s 10 Prowlers. Rob says, “I love the camaraderie of the Military. That’s why I enjoy helping Military families now. I love having that connection, because it’s a team mentality for me. Being on deployment with the guys, being overseas with the other sailors. Nothing compares.”

After VAQ-140 Rob returned to AIMD Whidbey as a Welder, and Safety Manager overseeing the Safety Program for the 1000+ personnel facility. Rob’s final tour in the Navy was with the VAQ-138, Yellow Jackets where he served as Airframes Leading Petty Officer and Quality Assurance Petty Officer ensuring safety of flight for the squadron’s four aircraft. He says, “I loved every moment of being a part of such a fantastic group, then and now. It’s a lifelong brotherhood.”

During his career, Rob deployed to Diego Garcia and Adak Alaska with VP-1 and on board the USS Stennis,USS Carl Vinson, USS Kennedy, and USS Eisenhower with VAQ-140 and 138. His sea time took him to Dubai, Bahrain, Turkey, Greece, Israel, Portugal, Guam, Singapore, Oman and Croatia. “I never wanted to do what all the other guys did” he recalls. “They wanted to go to the first bar or restaurant off port and I wanted to explore the deepest parts of the area, you know, where the best food was, the greatest experiences you could have there. In Croatia, we were treated like Kings. It was incredible. We met a bar owner there who was so thrilled to be with us – He was genuinely excited and proud to have American Navy members in his company – and it meant a lot to us as well.”

The highlight of Rob’s overseas tours was meeting General Wesley Clark and President Clinton. “It was such an honor to be acknowledged for our service by two of the most respected leaders in the world. There are no words to describe that feeling of pride.”

Rob retired from the Navy in 2007, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, and played poker for 5 months. He simply wanted to be where freedom was the only feeling he had. After a much-needed respite, Rob got a job with Vestas American Wind Technology Inc., as a mechanic, where he traveled across North America servicing and repairing wind turbines. Rob’s hard work earned him four promotions in two years, working his way up to Construction Manager in charge of construction of multi-million-dollar wind farms. He says, “Things were going great. I was out there on the road for six weeks at a time, overseeing construction and making sure everything was installed correctly, having a good time and then out of nowhere, our projects went from 23 to 8 in less than a year. I was laid off.”

Rob decided to take time off again to travel and hike. He spent the next two years delving into the great outdoors, exploring many National Parks and attractions such as The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Death Valley, Olympic, Crater Lake, and Vancouver Island in Canada, meeting lifelong friends along the way, including his girlfriend, Lisa.

When the time came again for Rob to combine his love for freedom and service, he decided to get into Real Estate because he wanted to live and work in Las Vegas, without being tied down to any hours other than his own. He volunteers at the USO because he wants his life to have a heartwarming meaning.

To that end, he always has his beloved dogs, Sierra and Ruby at his side because of his lifelong love for dogs and their unconditional love.

For more information about “Military Friendly Agent Rob Keller, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Rob Keller
(702) 815-9478
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
[email protected]

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NEW YORK - Jean SingletonNaval Support Activity Saratoga Springs; Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU); Stratton Air National Guard Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


The MRP Certification Is The Newest Designation From The National Association of Realtors

"The MRP Certification is very important to me because it helps to show my commitment to our Military Families"
Jean Singleton

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK, USA, September 11, 2015 / -- Jean Singleton, Associate Broker at Ron DiDonna Real Estate & Appraisals increases her level of commitment to the community of Veterans and Active Duty Military by earning her Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification.

Jean was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and went to Morrisville and Houghton Colleges in Upstate, New York, majoring in Journalism and Christian Education. Her father was an Air Force Veteran, History teacher and Principal. He also was a “Military buff” and some of her earliest memories are of listening to him talk about Military campaigns and watching him put together models of the airplanes used by the Military.

That love became more personal when her son enlisted in the Marines when he was 18 years old. She says, “One of the key things I learned listening to my son and his buddies in the Military was the number of unscrupulous people who target and take advantage of our Military men and women, so I have an actual need to make their transitions for PCS or from Military to civilian life as easy and stress-free as possible.”

The journey for Jean to get to the place of really being able to help was quite circuitous, but looking back, every turn was adding to her foundation to be a highly proactive, consistent, goal-oriented but still relationship-based Realtor. At an early age she began playing piano and many years later, it was piano and song writing that opened the door for her to attend college at Houghton. Shortly after graduating from college, Jean began working for the New York Conference of Mayors who created a position on their staff especially for her.

In 1986 Jean married her husband, Ceaser. A few years later she became her Pastor’s Secretary and Church Treasurer, and taught music and piano in the church’s school.

From there, she then went to work for her brother, Rob, the founder and CEO of a global Executive Recruiting firm. “I loved working there,” Jean says, “It was a very high energy and sometimes high tension job, but helping people find a great place to work is extremely fulfilling. I also enjoyed the research aspect of the work and especially the networking. And it gave me a good taste of helping people through something as stressful as changing jobs - an excellent preparation for bringing families through the extreme ins and outs of buying, selling and moving.”

The transition to becoming a Real Estate Salesperson occurred when Jean went to work for Rob’s friend, Ron DiDonna, a Real Estate Broker and writer, who needed some help with his books. He encouraged her to get her Real Estate license. It turned out to be the perfect job for Jean, combining her love of internet research and networking with her desire to help families through transitions in their life, and she found Ron DiDonna to be the best teacher she could have, with decades of experience in every aspect of Real Estate. Jean also earned her Broker’s license this year and is now Associate Broker at Ron DiDonna Real Estate & Appraisals.

Jean says, “As a Realtor, I have a network of everything for my clients such as home inspectors, lenders, contractors, attorneys and more. It’s really the quintessential occupation for someone who loves networking and connecting people.”

A large percentage of her clients are Military families, especially those who are relocating to work at the Naval Training Facility at NPTU Ballston Spa (Kesselring) and the NSA-Saratoga Springs or Stratton Air National Guard Base. Jean says, “There’s a constant rotation of classes going on at the site and we see a lot of Military members moving in and out of the area.”

Jean works with Veterans who are buying and selling their homes and Active-Duty Military who are relocating due to PCS or retirement, whether cross-country, OCONUS or just across town. She was one of the first Real Estate agents in the State of New York to receive her Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. She says, “The MRP Certification is very important to me because it helps to show my commitment to our Military Families.”

As well as being a strong advocate for the Military in her work, Jean also volunteers at the Veterans Miracle Center (VMC) in Albany. The Veteran’s Miracle Center’s mission is to offer Veterans and active-duty Military personnel real solutions that will enhance their lives. The center provides clothing, personal care and hygiene products, ambulatory equipment, toys for their children and much more. They have specialists available in counseling for personal needs – FREE OF CHARGE – to Veteran’s and their immediate household. It’s essentially a Free Store for Veterans in need.

In terms of helping her clients to buy, sell or rent their home, Jean is the best of the best. As a member of the Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, she has a plethora of personal connections and a vast network of agents and home sellers. She runs a thorough analysis of all properties and negotiates every deal to get her clients the best price possible using proven methods from her company’s 40+ years of experience. Jean is also very internet savvy and markets her clients’ homes on nearly 100 Real Estate and social media websites. She also does a radio talk show with Ron DiDonna, Fridays on WDCD called Real Estate Made Simple, and features her listings there. In addition, Jean does videos, print and online Newspaper ads, and features her listings on the only interactive TV home search channel.

Jean’s service areas include Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs, Burnt Hills, Malta, Charlton, Ballston Lake, Glenville, Clifton Park, Colonie, Rotterdam and their surrounding areas.

To learn more about "Military Friendly Realtor", Jean Singleton, and about the communities she serves. Please visit these important sites:

{Video by: Jennifer Scott & Great Scott Productions}

Media Contact:
Jean Singleton
Ron DiDonna Real Estate & Appraisals
(518) 858-9421
[email protected]

Click Link Below To See Jean's Published Press Release:

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NORTH CAROLINA - Andy SmithVA Medical Center-Asheville

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Press Release

By Allison Sledge


Andy Smith is a polished, skilled and superb Real Estate agent at Beverly Hanks & Associates in Asheville, North Carolina. He is also an exceptionally accomplished Air Force Veteran.

Andy is a self-described ‘Military Brat'. His father served in the United States Air Force and while the family was on assignment in the Azores, Portugal, Andy was born.

The Azores is. an archipelago composed of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. His father PSC’d to Omaha, Nebraska from the Azores, and then to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where he retired.

Andy graduated from Holy Cross High School and went to the University of South Carolina on a Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarship. He completed Officer Field Training at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas between his sophomore and junior years in college. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate and Finance, and was commissioned upon graduation.

Andy, reported to active-duty after graduation. His first assignment was at Kirtland Air Force Base, in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a Cost and Management Analysis Officer. It was here that he met his future wife, Denise, who was a Civil Service Payroll Specialist. In this assignment, Andy served as was a management consultant on the base and performed special assignments from the Commander, which included looking into cost efficiencies and cost reductions, in order for the base to run smoothly and efficiently. During this assignment, he was recognized as the top Cost Analysis officer in the Military Airlift Command, and the entire USAF.

From Kirtland, Andy PCS’d on a remote tour to his birthplace, Lajes Field, Azores. “It was very surreal to be back in the Azores, where I was born.” He says, “The only thing I knew about it was from the pictures and slides my dad took when he was stationed there. But to go back as an adult member of the Air Force myself, well, it was quite amazing! The lifestyle was awesome. It’s a small island and you can see the entire Island in one day. The people, the culture and the landscape are so beautiful. The lush, green, rolling hills, flowers, just take your breath away. While there, I enjoyed the local food and wine, including Portuguese rolls, the best lobster ever, and maybe surprisingly, the best fried chicken too. I am so thankful to have lived there for 15 months, because I always wanted to go on an overseas tour and the Azores was perfect for me in so many ways.”

On a TDY from the Azores, Andy attended a conference in St. Louis and got engaged to Denise. They later married in Alburquerque, New Mexico, (mid-tour) and after a 5-week honeymoon, Denise visited the Azores for two months.

Andy was then assigned to Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Massachusetts, where he was a Cost Estimator for major government weapon system acquisitions. He worked primarily on the terminal systems for the Military Strategic and Tactical Relay (MILSTAR) satellite system. At the time, it largest satellite system in the DoD, with a life cycle cost of 17 billion dollars. It was during this assignment that he and Denise bought their first house.

Andy then PCS’d back to Kirtland Air Force Base for three years as a Budget Officer for the base, including a period as acting Commander for the Comptroller Squadron. After that assignment, he received a special duty assignment where he taught ROTC at the University of New Mexico. Twenty years later, he still stays in touch with many of his students. He says, “Many of them are Lieutenant Colonel’s now. It’s very cool to be able to see them throughout their careers. I loved teaching and working with the young Military-oriented students. It’s an awesome experience. Many of them still call me for financial and Real Estate advice. It doesn’t get any better than that!”

Andy was transferred to Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs where he was the financial management inspector on the AF Space Command Inspector General team. “I went to all of the Military bases in the command and to all of the Controller Squadrons to look at their books to ensure they were in compliance with the rules and regulations, and tested their wartime readiness.” He then transferred to F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyoming as the Comptroller Squadron Commander and Chief Financial Officer for the entire base.

After two years as squadron commander, Andy made his last PCS back to Peterson AFB, where he served as a budget analyst for NORAD and US Northern Command. He retired in summer of 2007. Andy recalls, “I was thinking about what I wanted to do when I retired. Denise and I had sold 4 homes, built 4 homes and been reluctant landlords. With a degree in real estate, and more than 20 years o financial experience, I decided that I would get my Real Estate license. I didn’t want a 9-5 job and felt I could use my financial background and PCS experience to do the best job for my clients.”

While getting started in real estate, Andy got sidetracked from his Real Estate aspirations, as he was appointed as a lecturer of finance at the University of Denver Daniels College of Business, a private college. “I taught introductory and intermediate finance classes for undergraduate and graduate students, averaging 400 students per year for seven years. That was my primary passion. But, we were looking for a change, a more laid back lifestyle, so we decided to move to Hendersonville, North Carolina where we built our house. It’s a beautiful place to live. I love it here.”

For more information about “Military Friendly AgentAndy Smith, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:

Andy Smith

(828) 424-1696

Beverly Hanks & Associates

[email protected]

NORTH CAROLINA Reserved for Richard House ~ United States Marine Corps Air Station Cherry PointUnited States Army Reserve Training Center

                      ******* NORTH DAKOTA *******

                            ******* OHIO *******

OHIO - Susan Essex ~ Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"I would give up anything for my Military clients. I am always willing to make any sacrifice for them.”
Susan Essex

BEAVERCREEK, OHIO, UNITED STATES, June 16, 2016 / -- Susan Essex is a very passionate and highly esteemed Real Estate agent at RE/MAX Victory in Dayton, Ohio where she was born and raised.

Susan is also a member of the Dayton, Cincinnati and Miami County Board of Realtors and is a Certified Military Relocation Professional.

After graduating from Northridge High School, Susan began working in the finance department at NCR – a cash register company that provides scanners and high tech equipment for Fortune 500 companies such as Walmart.

Susan’s father, Albert Shelor, served in the United States Army Air Corps and then on to the Air Force. When stationed in Japan he was involved in an unfortunate accident while riding his motorcycle. He was hit by an Air Force Weapons Carrier truck driven by civilians and was in a coma for two weeks and lost his leg after many unsuccessful surgeries. During his recovery and rehabilitation, Albert was transferred to Hawaii, then to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hospital in Dayton, Ohio. It was there that met a fellow Corpsman who worked at the hospital who introduced him to his sister-in-law, whom he married.

Susan says, “My father was an amazing man. Even though his leg had been amputated, he received his prosthesis and got busy in the Tool & Dye business as a toolmaker, machinist and model maker at General Motors. He also made all of the furniture in our house which were as beautiful as Ethan Allen. Not only that, but he was an accomplished gunsmith and made all kinds of different guns.”

With such a wonderful father to look up to, it was no surprise that Susan would look for these stellar qualities in her own spouse. This happened when a neighbor set her up on a date with her future husband, Wayne. She says, “It was love at first sight for me. I knew immediately that this was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.”

Wayne graduated from Wright State University in Ohio then went to Liberty University in Virginia for his Master’s Degree and graduated with a Doctorate in Philosophy at Louisiana Baptist University. He owns an accounting firm in Dayton and teaches tax classes at Edison State Community College in Piqua.

Susan says, “Every year, Wayne does taxes for over 600 single mothers and widows – free of charge. It makes me so proud to see that he is helping so many people who are very appreciative of his work.”

Susan is equally proud of her two children, Michael and Sara. They both went to private Christian schools with Michael graduating from Troy Christian High School and Sara graduating from Dayton Christian High School.

Sara attended Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and began her career as a General Manager at Abercrombie & Fitch. Sara married her husband, Boyd, and moved to Texas where they have four children. Sara owns her own successful sewing business making quilts and baby bedding.

Michael attended Wright State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He married his wife, Leslie and they have two children. He is currently a Project Engineer for Shook Construction Company in Dayton.

Susan always had a love for houses. At a young age she enjoyed being outside and looking at houses and was interested in Real Estate. While still working at NCR, Susan took Real Estate classes and got her license in six weeks. She says, “I really enjoy communicating with people. I love the relationships that are created in the process of buying or selling a home.” Susan is even more passionate about our Military. Her father retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and she grew up in this Military community, however, it was the events of 911 that really shook her up. She says, “I was never so touched by the people who supported our Soldiers. When we went to war in Iraq, I was old enough and mature enough to understand their sacrifices and seeing such a critical piece of history with 911 truly ripped my heart out. I had so many friends go over to Iraq and I prayed continually for them. I feel very blessed to be able to live in this Country and I feel safe and secure because of the sacrifices of our Military members.”

Susan received an email from the National Association of Realtors announcing their new Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification classes. She was so excited to be able to earn this designation that she jumped at the chance to take the courses and was in the very first class for MRP’s in Columbus. She says, “I would give up anything for my Military clients. I am always willing to make any sacrifice for them. I think it is very important to have knowledge of the VA loan as well as an understanding the Military timetables. We live in such a wonderfully supportive Military community here surrounding Wright- Patterson and it’s such a blessing to work with Military families. I take pride in being able to help them on all levels and my respect for our Military runs deep. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for them.”

To find out more information about "Military Friendly Agent" Susan Essex, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Susan Essex
RE/MAX Victory
[email protected]

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                   *******  OREGON  *******

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                    *******  RHODE ISLAND  *******

                   *******  SOUTH DAKOTA  *******

                   *******  SOUTH CAROLINA *******

SOUTH CAROLINA Reserved For Nathan "Nate" Boynton ~ Joint Base Charleston

                      *******  TENNESSEE *******

TENNESSEE - Jeff Danault ~ Fort Campbell

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"Flights with the General were never dull. Either picking him up at functions, field training exercises or flights along the DMZ, it was always very exciting!”
Jeff Danault

CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA, January 9, 2018 / -- Jeff Danault is a phenomenal and remarkable Realtor in Clarksville, Tennessee. He is also an Army Veteran and former Police Officer.

Jeff was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, graduated from Manchester West High School and enlisted in the United States Army. Basic training and AIT took place at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Upon completion, he was assigned to 1/502nd Infantry Division at the 101st Airborne Division Ft. Campbell Kentucky. Later, while at the 1/502nd - Jeff was deployed to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai, Egypt. Here, he set two goals to accomplish in 6 months. First, to get promoted to E4 (Specialist) and second, to get in shape and bench press a personal best of 300 pounds or more. He achieved both of these goals!

Before departing Egypt, Jeff re-enlisted and changed his MOS to a 67T, which at that time was a Blackhawk Crew Chief. He then attended Blackhawk Helicopter mechanic school at Ft. Eustis Virginia, graduated and received orders to Korea.

Upon arrival in Korea, Jeff was assigned to 2-2 Aviation at Camp Stanley, Korea. After just a month in a maintenance platoon, he was moved to a flight company. Here, he trained as a crew chief, became sling-load and NVG qualified for flights and was soon after assigned to the Commanding General as his personal crew chief. He says, “Flights with the General were never dull. Either picking him up at functions, field training exercises or flights along the DMZ, it was always very exciting!”

After a year in Korea, Jeff found himself back at Ft. Campbell and faced with the decision to stay in the military or pursue his career in the civil world. His plan was to get into Law Enforcement. Not having enough time and money to wait for a position to open at the local Police Department, he put himself through Truck Driving school. He graduated and began working for TMC as a flatbed over the road driver. After about a year, Jeff’s daughter was born, and he left TMC for a local job.

In 2004, Jeff landed his first Law Enforcement job as a Jail Deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. He did three years, then secured a job with the Clarksville Police Department. He attended the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy where he graduated with a post exam score of 98% and was President of his class ranking in the top ten of his class.

After almost 5 years on Patrol, Jeff was promoted to an FTO Field Training Officer (FTO) and received the lifesaving award after finding a shooting victim and applying a tourniquet that ended up saving the victims life. In March of 2011, he left the Police Force for a more business-oriented career path, working as a General Manager. Then, on a cold rainy day while bringing his daughter to Karate class, Jeff’s daughter happened to point out a Real Estate School right next door. He followed his gut, made a phone call to the Real Estate agent (who sold him his house) and the next day, they met and he enrolled in school.

In just over four years, Jeff worked with both buyers and sellers and established himself as a member of the Associate Leadership Committee (ALC). He also taught personal growth classes with another agent. He now works closely with an investor who buys and sells homes on a weekly basis.

In 2016, things started to change for Jeff. He was completing a coaching program that dealt with personal growth and the setting of goals. This mindset shift started to make him realize that he was lacking something in his life. It wasn’t until a conversation with his daughter that he realized what he was missing. A simple question, “Dad, do you really believe you can do anything you put your mind too?” His answer was like any other great dad. “Yes.”

At the time, Jeff had no huge personal goal. That same night, a Netflix documentary came on entitled “Inspired to Ride.” It was a story of people racing Road Bicycles across the country, through 10 states, two mountain ranges and the great plains for a total of 4,233 miles. Jeff didn’t own a bike, was out of shape and didn’t have the cash to buy one as they are super expensive. He then announced to his daughter that he was going to accomplish the race in June of 2020. He joined a gym and started getting in shape and riding a stationary spinner. Within two months, he had managed to trade all of his hunting gear for a 23 year old steel frame road bike and taught himself how to rebuild it with the help of a local shop. June 11th - 2016, he started riding. He grinded out over 1000 miles by the end of the year.

Jeff now rides a brand new Giant TCR 1 Advanced Road Bike and is about to breach 3,000 miles for 2017. The goal of racing across the country has not only become a reality, it has also become his brand!

A former client started calling him “The Cycling Realtor”. The name stuck and now Jeff is branded as such with his own logo. He believes through his efforts on his bike and attaching a charity to his big race, he will be able to attract a large amount of people to what he is doing.

Jeff is also building a nationwide referral network and pays out 50% to all closed leads that are sent to him from another agent. He believes growth comes when you give back a little more!

For more information about “Military Friendly AgentJeff Danault, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Jeffrey L. Danault
Veterans Realty Services
(931) 237-7397
[email protected]

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                          ******* TEXAS *******

TEXAS Reserved For Sharon Greenwood ~ Fort Hood

TEXAS Reserved For Jeff BankheadNaval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base

                           ******* UTAH *******

UTAH (Ogden) - Reserved For Tawna Nielson ~ Hill Air Force Base

* Pending Publication

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


Tawna Nielson is a well-informed, educated polished and articulate Real Estate agent at Equity Real Estate in Ogden, Utah. 

Twana was born in Roosevelt, Utah, and graduated from Cypress High School where she met her husband, Dan, and the two got married shortly after graduation. Dan enlisted in the Coast Guard and the couple moved to Newport Beach, California. 

Dan soon got orders to go to Cape May, New Jersey, where he finished his Military career. Their firstborn son, Jason, was born prematurely on this tour of duty. 

Weighing only 3 pounds, Tawna and Jason moved back to her mother’s house in Utah, early, so he would be able to go to the primary children’s hospital. Dan soon joined the family in Utah and got a job at Hill Air Force Base, working in the warehouse and using the GI Bill to go to school. He became a Master Electrician and worked on missiles for 43 years before retiring there. 

During this time, they had five more children; Nathan, Adam, James, Kathryn and Benjamin. Tawna became a stay-at-home mom, working different jobs which allowed her to spend time raising her kids. She worked as a custodian at the schools, had a newspaper route, became a housekeeper and then a teacher’s aide. Tawna decided to enroll at Weaver State University to focus on Special Education. She says, “I was 40 years old when I started college. No one in my family had ever gone to college, so I was 1st generation. I wanted to learn how to motivate the kids and teach them how to learn in the ways that were best for them. But, it was an awkward experience for me. I was a non-traditional student and I felt out of place, so I enrolled in a work-study program and became a secretary in the student services office. It was my ‘safe-haven.’ I didn’t have to mingle in the student union and I was able to not only tutor, but receive tutoring, so it helped me make some connections in a comfortable environment.” 

Tawna earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education and immediately got a teaching job at a Title 1 School where she worked for 20 years. She then set another goal, which was to attain her Masters Degree. She enrolled at the University of Utah, taking courses which included educational law and leadership, district laws, policies, school psychology, curriculum, instruction, counseling and administration.  
Tawna accepted an administrative position at an elementary school, working with both parents and children in a capacity very similar to that of an Assistant Principal. “I trained new teachers, helping them to teach the pupils and maintain student behavior at the same time.” She says, “I sat down with the teachers afterwards to create a program which helped balance the classroom. I also facilitated meetings with the educators and parents. It was genuinely gratifying for me to be a part of this educational process that ultimately shapes our future generations.” T

Tawna always liked the idea of Charter schools, which are schools that receive government funding but operate independently of the established state school system in which it is located. She decided to work at a Charter school, taking an early retirement from the school district and becoming the Director of Special Education at HighMark Charter School in Weber, Utah.

During this time, Tawna’s son, Ben, had started a Real Estate business which was very successful. Ben was also a full-time firefighter and Captain of the fire station. Ben says, “Many people who enter this industry fail quickly and don’t stick around. I have been steadily busy for the last 10 years.” Tawna wanted to spend more time with her family, which included 24 grandchildren - and she determined that a career in Real Estate would allow her more flexibility and an opportunity to work from home. She says, “It was a great decision for me. Ben and I are a team, we have a great broker and my daughter-in-law, Kristi, handles the team’s transactions. She has a degree in business, is an absolute perfectionist and she’s very precise in everything she does. We are a well-oiled machine!” 

Tawna is very involved with her church, family and community. She recalls, “When I first started in Real Estate, I was working with Military clients within 5 minutes of Hill Air Force Base. There were so many Military spouses here at my church whose husbands were deployed, and we really supported them. It is such an uneasy time for them because they must take care of their family here, while constantly worrying about the situation with their husbands – not knowing if they will come home alive, and if they do, will they have their limbs? How will they cope with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that is inevitable? I knew immediately that I wanted to help them in every way possible. It would be a good thing for them to have great people surrounding them, so it was instinctive for me to get to know them better and help them as best as I could. They are left behind. The spouse is serving too, as are the children. Peace of mind is needed, and I have a lot of empathy for them because there are so many challenges they face. Money, time and schedules on top of the worries are very real. You must be extremely strong to be in a Military family and it’s nice for me to have an opportunity to help relieve some of the stress, problems and concerns that they face.” 

Tawna serves the areas of Salt Lake City, Layton, Clearfield, Ogden and Hill Air Force Base. For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” Tawna Nielson, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact: 
Tawna Nielson 
Equity Real Estate 
(801) 309-9521

                         ******* VERMONT *******

                         ******* VIRGINIA *******

VIRGINIA (Woodbridge) - Jason Mero ~ Fort Belvoir

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"We supported NATO forces there, supporting the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices mission. We investigated and gathered evidence from house bombings and turned it over to the NATO forces.”
Jason Mero

WOODBRIDGE, VIRGINIA, USA, June 5, 2017 / -- Jason Mero is an awe-inspiring, exemplary and unpretentious Real Estate agent at Weichert Realtors® in Woodbridge, Virginia. He is also a retired United States Army Veteran.

Jason was born in Auburn, New York, and was a volunteer Fireman and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at age 17, before graduating from Auburn High School. He also joined the National Guard while still in high school and then became Active-Duty in the Army in 1994.

Jason went to Fort Benning in Georgia for basic training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) his first Active-Duty Station was at Fort Knox, where he was assigned to the only deployable Infantry Brigades. He transferred to Korea and stationed at Camp Greaves. He says, “We supported the Demilitarized Zones (DMZ), joint security activities and the UN forces. We were the Quick Reaction Force (QRF), capable of rapid response to developing situations and had equipment ready to respond to any type of emergency.”

Jason then transferred to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama to attend the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) school and was selected as a Bomb Specialist.

After being selected at Redstone Arsenal, Jason was assigned to the Indian Head Surface Warfare Center at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. He then went back to Redstone and graduated and awarded to Military Bomb Disposal specialty. Every Certified Civilian Bomb Disposal Technician in the United States has graduated from Hazardous Devices School located in Redstone Arsenal.

Jason was then assigned to Fort Irwin in California. Fort Irwin provides realistic joint and combined arms training focused on developing Soldiers, leaders, and units of America's Army for success on the 21st century battlefield. He says, “Our primary focus here was to support Southern California, Arizona and Nevada for Incident Response.” We supported local law enforcement, supporting them for the elimination of bombs, bullets – any kind of explosive devices. We trained in full spectrum explosive ordnance disposal operations.”

Jason then changed Duty Stations to Tooele Army Depot in Utah before deploying to Kosovo. “We supported NATO forces there supporting the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) mission.” He states, “We investigated and gathered evidence from house bombings and turned it over to the NATO forces.” He then returned to Fort Irwin to clear, then relocated to Fort Drum in New York.

While at Fort Drum, Jason supported the local law enforcement in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. He also worked with the Secret Service and the United States Department, protecting foreign Dignitaries, the President of the United States, The Vice President and their families, including the First Ladies. This involved searches for hazardous device in hotel rooms, travel routes, restaurants and anywhere else the officials would have to go.

Jason then deployed to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, came back to the U.S. briefly, and was redeployed to Iraq in 2003. “In Kuwait, we supported the Military forces going into Afghanistan, with all of their shipments going through clearances. We conducted training operations and secured the Naval piers, making sure there were no hazardous devices there. We cleared the routes for the Military convoys moving to and from different points. We also cleared areas for additional camps to be built to assist with the creation of Forward Operating Bases.”

Jason then rotated back to Fort Drum and trained for additional overseas missions. He then deployed back to Kuwait to go into Iraq to support the 101st Division out of Fort Campbell, and the 3rd Infantry out of Fort Benning

Jason served in Mosul before returning to America, where he changed Duty-Stations to Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. Here, Jason took on a research and development role. He says, “Our main function was to develop procedures for our EOD Soldiers in the field. Any new Military equipment was designed, tested and developed including unmanned ground vehicles.”

Jason was soon deployed back to Afghanistan to do counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism and counter-IED tactics. He was in our nation’s front line on terrorism: small cells of highly trained, passionately committed investigators, analysts, linguists, tactics experts, and other specialists from dozens of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, uniting together in the line of fire – far away from home. When it comes to investigating terrorism, they do it all: chase down leads, gather evidence, detain suspects, provide security for special events, conduct training, collect and share intelligence, and respond to threats and incidents at a moment’s notice. As Jason puts it: “We eliminate the bad guys…”

When Jason returned to the U.S., he was sent out to different conferences to talk about his experiences overseas. He then went to Korea for a year assigned as a First Sergeant in the only Army EOD unit in Korea. His responsibilities included supporting NATO forces on the peninsula. His organization supported the US Secret Service and State Department assisting with the protection of V.I.P.’s. He trained, led the Company, mentored the team leaders and made sure they were prepared to go out on their missions to support full spectrum EOD operations.

Jason returned to Fort Belvoir in Virginia and supported the Washington D.C. Capitol region, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the DoD’s Secret Service missions. He then went to Fort Lee to assist with the further development of EOD. He assisted with doctrine and equipment development – and retired in 2003 after a stellar and dangerous Military career, in service of his country.

Jason is married to his beautiful wife, Melinda and they have two wonderful children, Rian and Lucus. He decided to become a Real Estate agent because he wanted to help guide and mentor fellow Military members and their families in finding homes, since it was always a challenge for him. It was a natural progression for him.

Jason’s areas of service in Northern Virginia are Woodbridge, Fairfax Station, Fort Belvoir, Mclean, Springfield, Stafford, and Vienna.

For more information about “Military-Friendlyagent, Jason Mero, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Jason Mero
Weichert Realtors®
(315) 430-6107
[email protected]