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Vietnam Veteran Jeremiah "Jerry" Newman ~ San Antonio, Texas
Jerry decided to regroup and move back to San Antonio to attend St. Mary’s University. However, he was drafted into the Army in January 1968. He says, “My goal at the time was to avoid going to Vietnam because I was told that if I signed up for another year in the Army, I could choose any field I wanted after going to Basic Training at Ft. Polk, Louisiana. Therefore, I chose the Quartermaster School in Virginia at Fort Lee. Afterward, they sent me to Forest Park, Georgia for more Logistics training where I made E-5. Later that summer, I landed in Vietnam at Cameron Bay and was assigned to the 147th Light Equipment Company at Long Binh. My job as a supply specialist was to supply all the repairmen in the shop with parts for their radios, teletype, and electronic equipment to support our 1st Calvary Division.”
After Vietnam, His other assignments in 22 years included Ft. Carson, Colorado, Frankfurt Germany at SASCOM, Ft. Gordon, Georgia, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas at the Academy of Health Science, South Korea at 545th General Dispensary, St. Mary’s University, South Korea at 43rd Surgical Hospital (MASH unit), Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center, SHAPE HQ, 96TH General Hospital in Mons, Belgium, NATO HQ in Brussels, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky home of the 101st Air Assault Division.
Jerry met his future wife, Chong Suk, on his first tour to South Korea while he was stationed at Camp Humphreys near Anjeong-ri. That tour was cut short since he had to go home on emergency leave. He says, “This was a sad time for me because my father was dying back in San Antonio, and I didn’t have time to complete the overseas marriage process with Chong Suk. I wanted to take my fiancée so she could meet my father and the rest of the family, so I had to apply for a Special Fiancée Visa, but it was too late, and Dad passed before Chong Suk and my father could meet.” The two were married while in San Antonio.
Following his first tour to South, Korea, Jerry was re-assigned to Ft. Sam Houston as his duty station while enrolled at St. Mary’s University, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, and later graduating from Brooke Army Medical Center’s School of Medical Technology as an ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathology) Certified Medical Technologist.
It was during his second tour to South Korea in the MASH unit that they adopted a beautiful baby girl, Kimberly, into their home. Kim was 9 months old and a real bundle of joy for the couple. It was also during this tour that Jerry became a member of the Masonic Lodge, Oklahoma Jurisdiction. He went from 3rd degree Master Mason all the way to 32nd degree, Scottish Right Mason under Prince Hall’s Northern Jurisdiction in the United States. He also became a member of the Mystic Shriners. He served as Senior Warden and Worship Master of Andrew Baskin Military Masonic Lodge out of Taegu, South Korea during his last year there.
Jerry earned his Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University while he was assigned to Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center, taking night classes for 2 years.
After retiring from military service in 1990, Jerry took a job at Laboratory Corporation of America in San Antonio, Texas as a medical technologist. Within 2 years he was promoted to supervisor of the Hematology Department and was sent to Miami to learn to operate new blood-counting equipment so he could train others in Hematology. He was promoted again to Assistant Night Lab Manager and put in charge of Serology, RIA, and EIA sections which all came under Special Chemistry. He was again sent off to technical training school in New York for new equipment in Special Chemistry. Finally, Jerry was promoted to Night Lab Operations Manager in charge of all the technicians and technologists in the laboratory. LABCORP decided to move their nighttime operation to Houston, TX, and Jerry retired a second time and decided to pursue a third career in real estate in 2002. His passion for training and helping others along with all the knowledge and experience he had gained along the way prepared him to be a real estate professional. He wanted to be a difference-maker for other military veterans.
Jerry started his real estate career with the Keller Williams City View Office and remained there until 2013. It was at that time that NAR (National Association of REALTORS®) contacted him about a new designation that they wanted to start which was for Military Relocation Professional. He asked them, “How did you find me? I was told that I had a strong online presence for working with military veterans.” You will find that interview on page 71 of the MRP manual, as he was grandfathered into that designation.
He spent two years with Green Home Realty before moving to his present brokerage at Brown Realty, SA in 2015. He holds the designations for ABR® (Accredited Buyer’s Representative, MRP (Military Relocation Professional), and NAR’S GREEN designation.
Jerry serves the Greater San Antonio Metropolitan area and all the surrounding counties that include Joint Base San Antonio for our military members assigned to Ft. Sam Houston, SAMMC (San Antonio Military Medical Center), Randolph AFB, and Lackland AFB, with emphasis on residential leases, pre-owned and new home construction properties, commercial leases, and investment properties. All military veterans are encouraged to take advantage of the benefits offered by the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB).
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Doug Duncan ~ Clarksville Tennessee
CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE , USA, September 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Doug Duncan is a dedicated, hard-working, and passionate Real Estate Agent at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Pen Fed Realty in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Doug is also a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Arizona Global Campus, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and an Associate of Arts in Supply Chain Management from Coastline Community College. He also holds his Tennessee Real Estate License and has 3 children: Bryce, Kaden, and Harper.
Doug says, “I obtained my MRP Certification because I wanted to continue to Serve Those That Serve. After a career in combat, I retired from the military as a First Sergeant on the 20th anniversary of September 11th, 2021. My Real Estate brand is ‘Combat to Contract,’ and I can’t think of a better one to describe who I truly am.”
Doug is a native of Williston, South Carolina, where he entered the South Carolina Army National Guard in 1996. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia, being awarded the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 92Y (Unit Supply Specialist). While serving with the South Carolina Army National Guard, Doug deployed to Honduras, Central America, in support of the Hurricane Mitch relief efforts in 1999 as the Unit Armorer.
Since his first assignment on active duty, Doug distinguished himself as a Logistician in a variety of challenging assignments, in both the Continental United States (CONUS) and Outside Continental United States Overseas (OCONUS) units.
July 2000 to April 2002, Doug was assigned as the Supply Specialist of 183rd Maintenance Co., 68th Corps Support, Fort Carson, Colorado, where he deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, in 2001, in support of Operation Panther Sentry during the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
April 2002 to November 2003, Doug was assigned as the Supply Sergeant of 286th Signal Co., 11th Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bliss, Texas, where he deployed to Ali Al Salem, Kuwait, during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003, building up to the invasion of Iraq.
November 2003 to February 2006, he was assigned as the Supply Sergeant of the Middle East School where Arabic was taught to military Linguists and Delta Co., 229th Military Intelligence, Presidio of Monterey, and Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, California.
February 2006 to February 2012, Doug was assigned as the Supply Sergeant of Charlie Co. and Property Book Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) to Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom IV, VI and VII in support of Special Operations Task Force-Central.
February 2012 to December 2015, he was assigned as the Property Book Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) and Deputy Chief of Staff G-4 Systems Management Division NCOIC for Headquarters Company, United States Army Special Operations Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where his team oversaw logistical operations for the entire U.S. Army Special Operations.
December 2015 to February 2018, Doug was assigned as the Brigade Equal Opportunity Advisor for the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he managed a Diversity & Inclusion program for 3,300 Soldiers.
February 2018 to June 2018, he served as an S-3 Operations NCO in the Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he deployed to Turkey in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in 2018 to retrograde all equipment out of the country and back to Kuwait.
June 2018 to November 2019, Doug served as the First Sergeant for Headquarters Company, Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he deployed to Jordan, Iraq, Syria, and Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).
November 2019, until his official retirement, Doug served as the Program Manager for the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Special Operation Forces Enabler Integration Course, where he oversaw training for new Special Operation Soldiers.
Doug’s military education includes the Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Basic Leaders Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, Commander/First Sergeant Orientation Course, Equal Opportunity Advisors Course, Battle Staff Non-Commissioned Officer’s Course, Support Operations Course (Phase I and II), Joint Logistics Course, Manpower and Force Management Course, Contracting Officer Representative Course, Property Book Unit Supply Enhance Prime Property Book Officer (PBO) Course, Airborne Course, Hazmat Certification Course, Physical Security Course, Unit Armorers Course, and Combat Lifesavers Course.
Doug’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with the fourth oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with the fourth oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with the fourth oak leaf cluster), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (with the second oak leaf cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (with the seventh knot), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (with the fourth campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon and the Parachutist Badge.
Doug is also a recipient of the Honorable Order of Saint Martin Award and is therefore recognized as one of the very best to lead Quartermaster Soldiers. In addition, he is also a member of the International Society of Logistics and holds credentials of Demonstrated Logistician.
As a battle-tested combat veteran, Doug understands the hardships of a military lifestyle. "There’s no better Realtor® to help our military families navigate their next home purchase than me!"
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THE DAN WOLF TEAM ~ ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON (JBER)
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ANCHORAGE ALASKA REALTORS® DAN WOLF AND "THE WOLF TEAM" EARN MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL (MRP) CERTIFICATIONS
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, USA, April 13, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Dan Wolf is a luminous, brilliant, bright light in the Real Estate industry in Anchorage, Alaska. Dan was born in Palmer, Alaska, which is 30 minutes away from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) – one of the leading Military Bases in the country.
Dan grew up in the farm community called the Matanuska Valley, or Palmer Alaska, due to the decision of his grandparents, who lived in Wisconsin as farmers during the Great Depression. The United States Government started a program for distressed farmers, and his grandparents loved the idea of starting a new life from scratch and decided to move to Alaska to start over in the frontier north. Dan says “My grandparents were ‘real life’ homesteaders. I worked on the farm, and later in the local dairy industry processing raw milk into dairy products. We received the raw milk from local dairies and processed the milk into various dairy products such as fat-free milk, 2% milk, buttermilk, and chocolate milk. We also distributed cheese, butter, ice-cream, and yogurt to all of the grocery stores locally and throughout Alaska.”
Dan graduated from Palmer High School and began investing in real estate at an early age. He and his wife, Kristi, bought a two-unit duplex where they raised their children, Corene, Ryan, and Cody. He decided to get involved in real estate sales because he wanted to be the independent man that he was raised to be and be able to help his friends and community with their real estate needs. “While I gained, indeed, in the flexibility of my lifestyle, and I always honor the needs of my clients, the truth us, all of my customers are my bosses because we serve our customers. It’s important to me to make our Veterans and their families a priority. When they PCS to JBER, they often don’t know anything about the community. I’m there for them to suggest a great dentist, school, church or restaurant. Often, I’m the closest person they have to family when they relocate here. I love to ‘skeet-shoot’ with them on base. We swap stories and get to know each other. I let them know that I am there for them, whenever they need me. I’m also very proud of my team. They are the best-of-the-best and work very diligently to serve the Military families who are buying or selling their homes here in Anchorage and the surrounding areas.”
Team member Savanna Wiita was born at home in Anchorage and is a lifelong Alaskan. Together with her husband Alex they purchased their first home at age 19 and have always had a hand in the Alaska Real Estate market. They are raising their two sons, Austin and Colton in this beautiful state and thoroughly enjoy all that the Alaskan outdoors can provide. She says, “I love helping those who serve our Country and I have a deep respect for what they do.” One of the most gratifying experiences for me was when I got a call from a mother whose son was serving in Afghanistan. He was ordered to JBER for his next duty assignment. I e-mailed him, skyped him, faced-timed him and he bought the house, sight unseen. There was a 13- hour time difference… I walked him through the houses, through videos, and he was elated. I was there when he set foot in his new home that he now owned, and we were both thrilled! I am often the only person they know when they arrive. One very touching experience happened, unbeknownst to me. I had closed a loan with a Military couple who had 5 little girls. Their dad was awaiting arrival and we did not know when he would join the family. One day (6 months after closing), I got a call from a base daycare center telling me that a child needed to be picked up because she had a temperature of 103.5 ° ~ and then I realized that her mother had put me down as the Emergency Contact because she trusted me. My heart was so full. There is a lot more that goes into a Real Estate transaction than what people see on the surface. I treat every client like they are family and always make sure they come out on top.
Tony Webster is another proud member of the “Wolf Real Estate Professional Team.” Tony is a lifelong Alaskan and was raised in Anchorage. He graduated from Robert Service High School in 1985. After graduating, he decided to strengthen his family’s roots in Alaska by having four beautiful children, Kennedy, Olivia, Luke, and Paul.
Tony joined the Dan Wolf team in 2018. Like Dan and Savanna, Tony enjoys the independence and responsibility that Real Estate ensues. He learned about the Military Relocation Professional Certification while he was working with a military client and his wife who were moving from Arizona to Alaska. Tony was able to quickly negotiate a sale utilizing Marty’s VA Loan, and helped them find their dream home located in Palmer, Alaska. Among many other transactions with Veterans and Active-Duty clients, Tony was able to assist an active-duty married couple who had orders to PCS from Anchorage to Florida within a 4-week time limit, and they were able to sign the closing documents while they were on the road which greatly speeded up the move between their duty stations. Tony says, “I was very honored that they trusted me while they were not physically present when we closed. It was a smooth transaction. For me, the key to service for our Military clients is to go the extra mile. My goal is to give them the service they have earned, and respect them for what they do for us.”
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Renee and Tom Simpson ~ Tampa Bay, Florida
TAMPA BAY FLORIDA REALTOR® RENEE SIMPSON EARNS HER MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL (MRP) CERTIFICATION
Renee was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, and graduated from Chamberlain High School. She then attended Hillsborough Community College while working at a Winn-Dixie supermarket. It was there that she met her future husband, Tom Simpson who currently works with Renee in real estate.
After Winn Dixie, Renee worked at First Florida Bank as an Account Representative, and later at ‘The Tampa Bay Skating Academy Ice Rink’. She says, “There were two full-sized skating rinks where all kinds of exciting things were happening. It was the first time I ever had to dress warm, which is unusual for Florida. I did a little of everything; booking time on the ice, helping school kids learn to skate, and learned how to operate the Zamboni Machine, which is an ice-resurface vehicle that smooths the surface of a sheet of ice in an ice rink. I learned how to crank it up, move it and drive it in case of emergency. There were Olympic figure skating coaches, their students, as well as celebrities who booked ice time.”
In 1996, Renee and Tom became licensed real estate agents in Tampa Bay, and in 2003 and 2005 licensed real estate brokers in Florida. Renee opened C Simpson Realty in 2005.
During this time Renee and Tom wanted to have a family, and stability was important to them. They had three sons, Tommy, Ty, and Trevy, who were home-schooled. Their three sons bonded as brothers and became especially close playing organized baseball in recreation, travel ball, and high school leagues, once even playing together as a unit on their high school team, as pitchers, catchers, third basemen, and outfielders, respectively. Renee and Tom agree that baseball was and is a wonderful way to spend family time together, travel, and be a part of the youth baseball community that they have bonded with over the years. “It’s really like family,” they say in unison. “Families know each other and support one another. And let’s face it, there’s no better way to spend a nice morning than at the baseball field, excited to see everyone play, and support our sons in something that they dearly love and have a great passion for.”
Life was going beautifully for the Simpson family; then, the unthinkable happened. Renee was diagnosed with breast cancer. She felt so sick, that she couldn’t get out of bed, and had trouble breathing. Her family immediately rallied around her. Tom says, “We couldn’t be more proud of our sons during this difficult time that Renee was going through. It affected our entire family on a very deep level. Our boys cooked daily, cleaned, and did most, if not all of the household chores during this time. I honestly believe our sons learned deeper empathy, care, compassion, and concern for others during the time they experienced caring for their mother, during that most difficult time of their lives. I am so proud of the way they conducted themselves in private and in public. We could not have asked for better children, as our sons exemplify the best of the best, in the worst of circumstances.” Renee slowly recovered with the strength of her family, and by the Grace of God.
Renee’s grandfather was a Marine Veteran, and her father was in the National Guard and Army Reserve. Tampa and St. Petersburg are also home to the James A Haley and Bay Pines VA Hospitals.
Renee’s passion is to help make dreams come true through real estate. She says, “I felt that there was a need for realtors specializing in helping Military families, so I attained the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification which has meant the world to me. It’s not just another designation behind my name; it means that I understand Military families and their stories of moving around the country, and overseas, having to relocate every three years, and having their children forced to acclimate to new environments. Can you imagine having best friends in your childhood, bonding with them, and then suddenly having to move and perhaps never seeing them again? Being in the Military is a sacrifice for the entire family, which includes all of the emotional ups and downs that each family experiences. How many people ask about the Military spouse or their children? Imagine them going through the traumatizing agony of wondering if their mother or father will come home alive when they are deployed. Not many people think about that. I want every Military family to know that I understand their world and that they can feel safe with me when they need to have a safe home of their own. They ALL have their own stories to tell if we would only listen.”
There are plenty of reasons to move to Tampa Bay, Florida, including the great year-round weather, beautiful Pinellas County beaches, National, State, County, and City parks with many outdoor festivals, markets, and the Tampa Bay Airfest at MacDill Air Force Base. Other sites include The Riverwalk, The Florida Aquarium, The Tampa Theater, The Tampa Day Downs Horse Racing Establishment, Busch Gardens, Dinosaur World, and The Tampa Bay Brewing Company, just to name a few. Major league sports teams include The NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NHL Tampa Bay Lightning, and MLB Tampa Bay Rays. There are also a number of minor league baseball teams located in the Tampa Bay region that are home to many MLB teams’ spring training facilities. Disney World is a short drive from Tampa Bay.
C Simpson Realty serves all communities of Tampa Bay, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Pinellas Park, Brandon, Palm Harbor, Riverview, Wesley Chapel, Bradenton, and surrounding areas.
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Armon Jackson ~ Pensacola, Florida
PENSACOLA FLORIDA REALTOR® ARMON JACKSON EARNS HIS MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL (MRP) CERTIFICATION
Armon’s first duty station was at NAS Pensacola, where he went to tech school to study and learn about the newest F-35 jet. It was the Air Force College of New recruits where he learned about all the composites on the aircraft and then worked on the jets by adding and removing material to help the jets become more covert to radar.
Armon then relocated to Hill Air Force Base in Utah and continued to work on the F-35 jets, installing devices to make the jets stealthier and more undetectable by radar. He says, “Stealth will be ‘hugely important’ for the next-generation Air Force fighter, but it will also be important to see how the next aircraft integrates its sensors and its command-and-control capabilities. It's also speed, low observability, different ways of collecting data, and different ways of transmitting and protecting all of the transmissions because it is a way of breaking ‘kill chains,’ which is a Military concept that identifies the structure of an attack. Conversely, the idea of breaking an opponent’s kill chain is a method of defense or preemptive action, which is why being stealthy is so important. Whether you're sitting in an airplane or flying an unmanned aircraft, as long as we break the kill chain sometime between when you arrive in the battlespace and when the enemy weapon approaches your airplane, you're successful at using stealth."
Armon lived on base when he served at Hill Air force base. He recalls, “It was very cold there. I’m used to the warm Florida weather, but I would have to get up at 5:30 AM to be at work by 7:00 AM. We had roll-call and then we were assigned to different aircraft and different airmen who we would be working with that day, and we would collect our gear and equipment and go to work in the hanger with the F-35 avionic crew chiefs. Every day was different, and I liked that. It was always a surprise. We would take our lunch break at the Dining Facilities Administration Center where they had everything you could possibly imagine to eat and we also ate there for breakfast and dinner if we wanted to, but we were also allowed to go off base to restaurants as well. After work, I would usually study the Career Development Course for Low Observational Structural Maintenance. I got an award for ranking as one of the highest scorers on the test!”
Armon then helped the crew chiefs fuel the jets and put chalk on the outside of the wheels, so the jets didn’t move. He applied resin and paints as smoothly as possible so radar wouldn’t bounce off the material. He then used stencils to brand the Pilot’s name, Unit, and Base on the aircraft. He decided to get into Real Estate in his spare time while he was on active duty.
Armon met his future wife, Brooke, while at Hill Air Force Base. Brooke worked with both the Military and Civilians helping them with all of their documents. Armon says, “I was hanging out with my friends in a dorm room, and she walked in. It was love at first sight for me and we got married in 2021 and moved to Ft. Pierce, Florida. Because Brooke was training to become a Nurse, we decided to move to Pensacola to be closer to her college and I became a full-time Realtor. I got my MRP Certification because I know what it’s like to work with other Military members and their families, and I wanted to extend my help and service to them. Seeing that smile on my clients' faces when they see their dream home is priceless, which is why I want to be part of their dream.”
Armon’s service areas are Pensacola, NAS Pensacola, Navarre, Gulf Breeze, Ensley, and West Pensacola.
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Susan was born in Plankinton, South Dakota, which was such a small town that she went to school from kindergarten to 12th grade all in one building.
Upon graduation, Susan attended the Nettleton Academy of Hair Design in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she learned everything there was to learn about cosmetology.
Susan got her first job at a hair salon called “Shear Design” and absolutely loved it. She says, “I really enjoyed meeting new people and helping people feel better about themselves. When you look good, you feel good. It was a nice income that allowed me unlimited creativity and to express myself through my work. Also, being pampered helps eliminate stress. People can relax while the cosmetologist takes care of their beauty needs. The customer can sit in the chair and take a break from other people’s needs, allowing them to focus on their own. They get to relax and unwind and the conversations I’ve had with my clients are priceless!”
Susan met her husband, who was in the Air Force, and transferred to Hurlburt Air Force base in Florida. She loved everything that Florida had to offer; the beautiful sunny weather, the beaches, the friendly people, and the opportunities. She wanted to try something different, so she got a job at Brewer Plumbing Company where she handled all the admin work. “There was never a dull moment there and I was always learning something new. Then, the company decided to merge and was going to be based in Pensacola, so I decided, due to some life changes it was time to try something new. My sister-in-law was going to Real Estate school and asked me to go with her. I thought it sounded intriguing, so I went with her and received my Real Estate License in September of 2003.”
Susan started her real estate career at Navarre Beach Realty. She was on floor-duty one day and took an incoming call from a prospective client. “It went very well.” She says, “Not only did I sell her a house, but I got a $2,000.00 bonus on top of it! I was hooked. The general rule in Real Estate is that you can really struggle for the first year or so, but things happened quickly for me. I enjoyed the freedom and flexibility it offered, and I found it to be a lot of fun.”
Having been a part of the Military community for so long, Susan wanted to specialize in helping Military members and their families buy or sell a home, so she earned the Military Relocation Specialist and the Florida Military Specialist Certification. “Everybody loves our Military and being a part of a Military community is wonderful. We had the best network of friends anyone could hope to have. We used to take in the young, single guys for the holidays. They had no family nearby and we wanted them to feel at home with us. The Military really is a big family and it’s always good to help them when they’re starting a family and buying a house.”
Susan recently re-married and her husband, Robert, who is originally from Puerto Rico, came to the states over 20 years ago, also due to the Military. He has 2 sons, Andres and Robert Jr., who is in the Air Force. “I’m looking forward to being there for Robert Jr. and any of his friends if they ever need my assistance in buying or selling a home. It’s such a great feeling to hand the keys to a new home over to a customer with who you’ve worked so closely with. It’s the icing on the cake!”
The Military Bases along the Emerald Coast that Susan works near are Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base including the areas of Navarre, Gulf Breeze, Mary Esther, Ft. Walton Beach, Milton, and Crestview.
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FLORIDA (Trinity) ~ Kevin McCullough ~ Operation Warrior Support, Inc.
TRINITY, FLORIDA, USA, September 6, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Kevin McCullough is a remarkable, dazzling, outstanding and unparalleled Real Estate Agent/Broker in Trinity, Florida, and as the Managing Broker at McCullough & Associates Realty, Inc. he is big on delivering a real personal touch for his agents as well as his clients.
Born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Kevin grew up in Northern Virginia. He graduated from Bethlehem Baptist Christian Academy where he played Varsity Soccer and Basketball all four years. After high school he went to the Army’s Basic Training in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He says, “I got a full ride scholarship for soccer to Valley Forge Military College where I also played football and tennis. Every other weekend I went for Military training, digging foxholes and sleeping in them. I crammed four years of training into two years, did most of my training during the school year at Ft Dix, New Jersey. I went to Advanced Camp in Fort Bragg, North Carolina where I was in charge of platoons and squadrons and various leadership roles.”
Valley Forge Military College is extremely competitive as it seeks to enroll young men of sound moral character who possess strong scholastic, mental and physical qualities. In particular, they look for those who are motivated to achieve their full potential and go on to succeed at top U.S. colleges and Universities. When Kevin graduated Valley Forge with a Degree in Business Administration. he elected to not continue on with the Army. He said, “I just wanted to be a regular college kid, so I got out with the experience and knowledge that I gained”.
Kevin then transferred to James Madison University where he majored in Marketing and bartended his way through school. After college he got a job at a Mortgage Company and was heavily trained on all aspects of mortgages and he cold-called people offering them programs to refinance their homes. In 2003 he moved to Florida where he bought his first house and continued in the mortgage business until 2008 when the housing bubble caused the subprime mortgage industry to collapse. On December 30, 2008, the Case–Shiller home price index reported its largest price drop in its history. The credit crisis resulting from the bursting of the housing bubble is—according to general consensus—an important cause of the 2007–2009 recession in the United States. He recalls, “I couldn’t do loans anymore, banks closed and everything, but I had a strong network of people I had been working with through the years. I took a salary position as Director of Operations of a law firm. I was in charge of the budget, so I hired secretaries and IT people, vendors and basically ran the law firm so the attorneys could focus on their cases. It was there that I learned why proper planning is important. I was soaking in all of the legal advice and laws possible. I was also a Property Manager and had several rental properties that I took care of.”
Because of all of the Real Estate clients the law firm was handling, the Attorney told Kevin that he needed to get his Real Estate license, so he did. “I took online courses at night while working nights and weekends in Real Estate at the law office during the day” He says, “I wanted to be self-employed, so I worked my way towards being a Broker and after I passed the Broker exam I established McCullough & Associates Realty, Inc. It’s a small boutique brokerage with a real personal touch.”
Kevin was also putting his fiancée Sarah, through Nursing School and they now have three children, Damien, Jazlyn and Keenan. During this time, he was also flipping houses. “I learned a whole lot doing that. BPO orders, Commercial properties and things of that nature. I’ve had investors for commercial properties as well as residential. Because of my knowledge and networking skills, I have a guy for everything – flooring, plumbing, roofing – you name it, and I know how much it costs to get the job done, which is a huge asset to my clients.”
While taking more continuing education classes, Kevin saw that the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification was being offered, so he got it. “I’ve always had a lot in common with the Military. My grandpa was in the Army. I love thanking them and I will go out of my way for any Veteran or Active-Duty family who needs any of the services that I offer. I understand the life of Military families, all the acronyms, the pay scale, the VA loans, the BAH, and the stress that they go through while PCS’ing. I’m there for them whenever they need me and I always have an American flag hanging in front of my home!”
The Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification is a way for Real Estate agents to thank Military families for their service by helping them come home. This certification focuses on educating Real Estate professionals about working with current and former Military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of Military benefits and support.
Kevin serves the beautiful Trinity, Florida, area, including the Trinity Communities, which is made up of Champions Club, Trinity Oaks, Wyndtree, Chelsea Place, Natures Hideaway, Foxwood, Trinity West and East, Oak Ridge, The Villages Of Trinity Lakes, and The Riviera, where he lives. Trinity is a fast-growing upscale community just north of the Pinellas and Hillsborough county borders in West Pasco County. It’s tri-county location is optimal for commuters. Kevin’s home is on the border of Trinity and Tarpon Springs, and Tarpon is known for its tourist attraction “The Sponge Docks” which is an old Greek community in Pinellas County that has great heritage, fishing, souveniers and beaches.
For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” Kevin McCullough, please visit these important websites:
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Florida (St. John's) ~ Traci Crawford ~ NAS Jacksonville
Traci’s first duty station assignment was at Ft. Polk in Vernon Parish, Louisiana, where she was a full-time nurse in the medical surgery unit at Bayne Jones Army Community Hospital. She says, “The best part of being there was the work. It was often very emotionally traumatic, so I had to learn how to compartmentalize my feelings because I had to do my job compassionately, yet professionally. My time there afforded me lifelong lessons, which I am extremely grateful for.”
Traci then went to the University of Maryland in Baltimore, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Trauma and Critical Care. She was then assigned to the 21st Combat Support Hospital in Ft. Hood, Texas, and later accepted a non-traditional assignment working for the Army Nurse Corps Chief where she got to see, firsthand, how the larger Army operates.
Traci was then promoted as the Head Nurse of the Emergency Room at William Beaumont Army Medical Center where she was stationed at Ft. Bliss. She then relocated to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, where she went to Army school and completed the Command and General Staff college courses and then transferred to the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Ft. Detrick, Maryland, working as the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) in the Containment Care Suite and the Air Medical Isolation team. It was there that she met her future husband, Darryl, who was working at the Pentagon after having deployed to Iraq and Kuwait. They got married in 2001 and had a daughter, Madison.
Traci then accepted a position at Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, where she was the Supervisor of the Medical Surgery Unit. She says, “This was a very rewarding experience for me. I believe in ‘paying-it-forward,’ so this allowed me to mentor Junior Members, even while I had over 300 Lieutenant’s working for me. I was the one writing and evaluating their career goals, so I had come full-circle.”
Traci and her family then moved to Washington, D.C., where she was stationed at Ft. Belvoir and was the Assistant Chief Nurse at DeWitt Army Hospital while working at the Pentagon Office of the Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. With this skill set, Traci relocated to Ft. Knox, Kentucky to the Human Resources Command and was the Medical Health Services Division Chief. She then relocated to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, and was the Commander at Moncrief Army Hospital before transferring back to Brooke Air Force Base to become the Commander at Brooke Army Medical Center. “I really loved this assignment, and it was the last one. I was fortunate to have family in Jacksonville, Florida, to help out when I needed it, so we decided to move there after my Military Service.”
It was there that Traci decided to get into Real Estate. “You’re still being of service in real estate.” She says, “You change people’s lives and make an impact on them. They need someone they can trust, care and guide them, which is one of the reasons I am perfect for this job!”
Traci is involved with “Pay-It-Forward, Inc.” founded by Lauren Taylor. https://payitforwardtoday.com/ She says, “It’s a perfect fit for me, as ‘paying it forward’ has always been my philosophy. Sadly, there are a lot of people and companies who prey on Military members. We’ve seen rental scams, mortgage scams, you name it, which is why it is so important that our Veterans, Active-Duty, Retired or disabled Military members seek out a realtor that they know they can trust. That’s one of the reasons why I got my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. I want the Military Community to know that they are in good hands with me when they want to buy or sell a home.”
The communities that Traci covers are Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Silverleaf, Crosswater, Anthem Ridge at Crosswater, Bracon Lake, Etown, Bartram Springs, Orange Park, St. Augustine, and Lakeside.
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FLORIDA (Cocoa Beach) Edward "Ed" Besecky ~ Patrick Air Force Beach; Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA, USA, January 23, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- 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.”
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TAMUNING, GUAM, REALTOR® CECILIA COOK EARNS HER MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL (MRP) CERTIFICATION
"I love working with Military families and Veterans. Having lived my life in a Military family, I understand the unique needs that are required when they are looking to buy or sell a home."
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Cecilia Cook was born in
Waynesville, North Carolina and graduated from Pisgah High School. Following
high school, she moved to Charlotte, NC to attend Trident Technical
While there, she accepted a position as a network clerk with BellSouth. She later transferred to an AT&T phone center store as a Customer Service Clerk and then to an AT&T Call Center. “I was supposed to go to Columbia, South Carolina but that position was cancelled.” She says, “So I ended up in Jacksonville, Florida.” Lucky for her, it’s where she met her husband, David. “I call that fate or divine intervention because if that job in Columbia hadn’t been cancelled, we might never have met!”
At that time, David was a US Marine Corps Reservist at Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida and working at the AT&T Call Center. About a year
later, he made the choice to become an active duty Marine and transferred to
Marine Air Station, El Toro, located in Orange County, California. It was during this time that the Cooks welcomed their firstborn, a
daughter, named Maegan.
The family moved back east to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, then on to Charleston, South Carolina, after David was accepted into a commissioning program. He attended The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. It was while living in Charleston that Cecilia’s interest in real estate began, as the young couple researched a first home purchase. During this time, their son Shane was born.
The family’s first duty station after David was commissioned was
in Okinawa, Japan, where they spent three years. “It was a great experience.”
Cecilia recalls, “The greatest experiences come when you are open to different
cultures.” Sadly, six months before their next permanent change of station
(PCS) move, Cecilia’s father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, so she and
the children came home early to North Carolina.
Their next move was to South Weymouth, Massachusetts where David pursued a Master’s Degree through the Marine Corps advanced degree program. While David was attending class, Cecilia worked at the Naval Air Station (NAS) South Weymouth. She worked for the Commander, as a Secretary, during the transition period when the base was preparing to close due to Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Once David finished his studies, the family moved to Northern Virginia while David was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps. Here, the family made their first new home purchase and Cecilia was again intrigued by the real estate market and its intricacies.
The Cook family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where David was assigned as the Inspector Instructor (I&I) of Delta Company, 4th CEB. Cecilia went to work for a local media company. With the children in high school, the family decided to stay in the Knoxville area and David accepted a final assignment, an unaccompanied tour in Pakistan. He retired in 2004 and they stayed in the Knoxville area. “David took a job at a local contracting company as a Project Manager,” Cecilia says, “Then within the first six months they asked him to go to Iraq to oversee projects there.” Amid this transition from a military lifestyle to the civilian world, Cecilia was diagnosed with breast cancer. She states that while it doesn’t define her, it does put things in perspective. “Everyday is a gift and I try to live it to the fullest.”
In January of 2017, David and his company relocated to Guam to build hangars, due to the United States planning to transfer about 5,000 Marines stationed in Okinawa, Japan, to Guam - over a period from 2024 in 2028. The Marine Corps plans to base infantry headquarters, aviation squadrons and logistics support units on Guam.
Marines train there routinely now and have a historic friendship with the people of Guam. The moves are part of a larger re-balancing of forces in the Western Pacific that will bolster air defenses and aviation capacity and add a wharf for visiting Navy aircraft carriers on Guam. The number of Marines and dependents based in Guam will increase each year through 2026, when the Corps reaches its goal of basing 5,000 Marines and 1,300 family members there. The biggest spike will occur between 2019 and 2020, when the total number of Marines based in Guam will jump from 387 to 2,990. Over the next several years, the Corps will boost the number of Marines based there by 300 to 900 annually.
Cecilia says, “In anticipation of moving to Guam, I went there to research properties and opportunities and to receive my salespersons license in Guam. I’m affiliated with Veteran’s Choice Realty in Tamuning, Guam, and I will be assisting Military families moving to Anderson Air Force base and Naval Base Guam. I am a preferred referral agent with Veteran’s United Mortgage and a premiere agent with Zillow and Trulia.”
The U.S. territory of Guam may be hard to reach, but once you get there you will love the beaches and be surprised by the great food. Cecilia says, “The island is just big enough that the U.S. Military presence in the north is not felt elsewhere, but small enough that a drive around the southern tip can be done in 40 minutes without stopping. This is where Guam's beautiful scenic overlooks, old Spanish bridges and waterfalls are concentrated. Guam competes with the sheer natural beauty of Hawaii and the wealth of beaches in the Bahamas, but more than that, the island offers an authentic, delicious and culturally rich getaway. There’s something new to do everyday.”
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Cheyanne and LaJonte Watson ~ Bossier City Louisiana
Cheyanne was born in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, and went to Crestview High School. During her time there, she met her future husband, LaJonte, in freshman summer school orientation class and it was love at first sight for him. Lajonte says, “I loved her smile, her laugh, and her off-standish attitude, plus she played hard-to-get! I was so eager to get to know her that I wrote my phone number on a fruit roll paper!” Cheyanne says, “And, I took his number on the fruit roll paper and called him! I thought he was really cute but a little weird. When we began talking, I discovered that he wasn’t weird at all, just unique! We had a lot in common and we enjoyed each other’s company. We both have a quirky side and I’m more serious while he’s more of a comic, so we balance each other out.”
In high school, Cheyanne played second base on the softball team and enjoyed playing tennis. She worked for several years as a server at a Japanese restaurant and enjoyed going to the movies, shopping at Destin Commons, and going to the beach.
Her mother, Heather, was a Registered Nurse at Ft. Walton Beach Hospital, and her father, James, was a Construction Manager. She has a sister, Scout, and two brothers, Memphis and Aden.
LaJonte was raised in Texarkana, Texas, and his family moved to Florida when he was in his teens and, like Cheyanne, he enjoyed playing sports and was a standout in football, track, and wrestling. He began working with Cheyanne’s father, James and learned the trade of the HVAC industry. He then got a job as an alligator handler at Fudpucker’s Gator Beach ~ The World’s Greatest Beach. Gator Beach is a one-of-a-kind alligator park located in the heart of Destin, Florida. He enjoyed entertaining people while deftly handling the gators in front of the large, mostly tourist crowd. He says, “While that was a lot of fun, I had bigger dreams which included having financial stability and a secure future, so I decided to join the Air Force.”
LaJonte shortly left for Basic Military Training in San Antonio, Texas right after high school. Cheyanne and LaJonte got married after his BMT graduation and he later went to tech school at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, to study Avionics. His first duty station was Barksdale Air Force Base ( where he is currently stationed) and his job is working in electronic warfare on the B-52 jets. He says, “The B-52's electronic countermeasures suite is capable of protecting itself against a full range of air defense threat systems by using a combination of electronic detection, jamming, and infrared countermeasures.”
Cheyanne had always wanted to enlist in the Air Force, but she was hesitant at first. She says, “When my husband graduated from Tech School, I felt such a camaraderie with everyone in the Air Force, the teachers, families, and the community that I felt it was time to make that move and enlist.
Cheyanne enlisted in 2019 and went to Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and then to Tech School at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. She chose to go into Administration. She filled out a ‘Join Spouse Application’ and was able to join her husband at Barksdale Air Force Base where she became an Executive Assistant.
Cheyanne is also attending the Northwestern University State of Louisiana working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. “I like to be very active, and I can handle a lot at one time. I have a lot of energy, so I decided to get my Real Estate License amid everything! I love watching all of the HGTV programs, like ‘Flipping Houses,’ and ‘Property Brothers.’ I like the idea of being my boss, having my schedule, and helping people. I know how stressful it can be to move and I also know how important it is to have that person who has your back. Lajonte and I have already purchased two homes with our VA Loans; one in Bossier City, which we rent out, and our home in Shreveport. I want to help other Military families understand why they should buy a house, rather than rent, so they can begin to build their wealth, no matter how long they are staying here, in service to our Country.
Cheyanne earned her Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification to be more visible and acknowledged as a Military Realtor. She says, “The MRP course teaches us specifically about the VA Loan and all of the wonderful benefits that it allows us to have. I feel that most of my future clients will be Military, and I want to be able to guide them in the right direction. Those who join the Military are very strong, and so are their families. It’s not for everybody. I want to be there for them and their loved ones, because I understand everything that they are going through at any given time. I am honored and privileged to serve those who have served and are serving. I have tremendous respect for our Veterans and I will be there for all of them.”
Cheyanne serves Shreveport, Bossier City, Haughton, Benton, Keithville, Greenwood, Stonewall, Blanchard, and other surrounding areas.
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Nevada (Las Vegas) Sherry Strothers ~ Nellis Air Force Base and Creech Air Force Base
Sherry was then assigned to a new Duty-Station in Arlington, Virginia where she worked at the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Headquarters in Washington, D.C. before being assigned to the Navy Recruiting District in Philadelphia. She then transferred to the Navy Security Force Detachment in Agana, Guam. She says, “Guam was amazing! There are miles of pristine beaches with warm, tropical air, yet it is so isolated and very small. You can drive from one end of the island to the other in a matter of an hour. It’s a big tourist destination as well and I found the people to be very nice and friendly.”
Sherry was then transferred to Coronado, California where she worked at Special Boat Team Twelve (SB-12), where she won the Vice Chief of Naval Operations Shore Activities Sailor of the Year for the entire Navy. She was then promoted to Chief Petty Officer and then a Chief Warrant Officer 2. She was then transferred back to Virginia where she was assigned to Seal Delivery Vehicle Team (SDVT-2) in Little Creek. She then came back to California to work at Spawar Systems Center Pacific (SSPAC) in Point Loma, then Helicopter Anti-Submarine Submarines Squadron Light Four-Nine (HSL-49) in North Island then on to Hawaii to Naval Special Warfare Group Three (NSWG-3), then back to Coronado, California back to Special Boat Team Twelve (SB-12) where she retired in 2016.
Sherry says, “Being in the Navy was a tremendous experience for me. I learned so much and I worked hard to excel at every command I was assigned. I was always eager to learn, and I gave 100% to everything I did. I appreciate it when people say "thank you for your service" but the truth is that the Navy gave me everything and I thank the Navy for not giving up on me.”
After she retired from the Navy, she wasn't sure what she wanted to do. However, during the Covid lockdown, she decided to venture into Real Estate. She says, “I find my greatest joy in service and Real Estate will allow me to continue to do that. It takes determination, the ability to negotiate, a winning personality, integrity, attention to detail, self-motivation, and strong communication skills. These are all the things that I had throughout my Military career, so it was a natural transition for this to be my second career.”
Sherry lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is a thriving community. It is home to Nellis Air Force Base and Creech Air Force Base and there are over 10,000 Veterans who live there. Although the pandemic is still causing disruptions for businesses (casinos, hotels, restaurants, etc.), there is no downturn happening in the Southern Nevada resale housing market. The market has recovered and reached new heights this year. In fact, the Las Vegas housing market is among those cities that are showing the most signs of a positive recovery from the pandemic.
Sherry says, “It’s been a bit of a struggle to gain sure-footing right now because of the uncertainty of where we are headed, but this is how I learn. I know that at the end of the road that all of my hard work will pay off. The market is challenging and exciting at the same time and it’s extremely important to me that I give my clients 100%. I know that people put their trust in their Realtors and I want them to know that they can trust me to guide them in the right direction. When it comes to Military Veterans, it’s imperative that they work with a Real Estate Agent who not only understands their lifestyle but knows the in’s- and out’s of the VA Loan. This is one of the reasons that I got my Military Relocation (MRP) Certification. I wanted the Veteran’s, Active-Duty and their families to know that I am qualified to help them from beginning to end.”
Sherry is always excited about the influx of people who move to Las Vegas every year. She says, “Vegas is an incredible place to live and work. It’s a 24/hour town with great casinos, restaurants, and entertainment, but we also have wonderful communities, schools, and lifestyles that have nothing to do with the Las Vegas Strip. There are plenty of opportunities for people to create the life they want to live right here in Las Vegas, Nevada!”
Other than the City of Las Vegas, Sherry works in the surrounding communities as well; North Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, Sunrise Mountain, Mount Charleston, Blue Diamond, Indian Springs, and Boulder City.
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Steve Takacs ~ Princeton New Jersey
PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, USA, January 3, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Steve Takacs is an Air Force Veteran and a very dedicated, conscientious Real Estate agent at Berkshire Hathaway in Princeton, New Jersey. He also owns his own moving service called “Hammerdown Moving Service LLC.”
Steve was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and graduated from Franklin High School. He worked at a Chevrolet Dealership where he made sure all the cars were inspected, clean, shiny, in working order, and ready to go to the showroom. Shortly after high school, he went to Apex Technical School in New York and received a Certification in Automotive Mechanics. He says, “Even at a young age I knew I wanted more out of life, and I actually wanted to be a Police Officer. I wanted stability and a job with good pay and benefits, so I decided to go into the Military.”
Steve completed Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base and went through Aircraft Maintenance Training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. He scored very high on the mechanical portion of the final test and the recruiter advised him toward being a Jet Mechanic. He transferred to McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey where he went through the second phase of training and began working on the C-141 Starlifter which is a strategic airlifter that served with the Military Air Transport Service and then the multimillion-dollar C-17 Globemaster. Steve says, “It was a tremendous responsibility. There are various aspects and distinctions within aircraft maintenance, including cockpit controls, avionics, flight operation, navigation, hydraulics, flaps, landing gear, wheels, and engines. It was my job was to ensure that every component of these high-performance aircraft was maintained to Air Force standards. I had to ensure that the aircraft in my care were ready to fly at a moment’s notice so that pilots could safely and effectively complete their mission. We all had our own specialties, but my position was to report to my supervision that the work of all the other specialists and maintenance was completed. At the end of the maintenance process, the Pilots arrive and say, ‘Are we good to fly?’ I say, ‘Yes, you’re good to go’. Not many people truly understand what a huge responsibility we as aircraft maintainers deal with on a daily basis.”
Steve was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Achievement Medal which are awards presented to members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or service to the United States of America. He retired in 2013 and took a year off to decompress and relax with his beloved wife, Susan. “I am so grateful for my wife. She’s my guiding light, the wind beneath my wings. She’s my everything and I don’t know where I’d be without her.”
In 2006, Steve was in a car accident and tore his rotator which put him out of work for nine months. A friend of his talked him into going to Real Estate School, so he got his license then and maintained it until he retired from the Military, then became a full-time real estate agent at Berkshire Hathaway. He says, “I really enjoy working in real estate. There’s a lot of research involved, and you must keep your clients happy. It’s imperative that you keep informed about everything, especially in these uncertain times. I’m a perfectionist and I’m very honest with my clients. I give it to them straight. I keep it simple. I do everything in my power to get them the home that they want. If I see a homeless Veteran, I will bend over backward to help them out. The Military has done so much for me, and I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t join the Air Force. One of the reasons I got the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification was to let our Active-Duty, Retired and Disabled Veterans know that I am there for them, no matter what. I’ve got their backs. They can always count on me.”
Steve’s Real Estate company, Berkshire Hathaway, is "one-stop shopping" for all real estate needs in-house, as they offer Homeowners Insurance, Renters Insurance, Title Insurance/Search, Mortgage, all types with special discounts for Police and Fire, and a $ 100.00-second look paid to anyone who wants a loan/mortgage application reviewed, no strings attached. He says, “As far as real estate services and moving services I am probably the only realtor in New Jersey that is offering a combination of real estate and moving service. If you are buying or selling, either way you are moving. In addition, it’s Veteran Owned and Operated and if anyone uses my service and recommends me to another client, I will pay a $150.00 referral fee upon completion of the move or paid after closing for real estate.”
The areas that Steve covers are Princeton, Trenton, Lawrenceville, Cherry Hill, Hamilton, Hopewell, Brownsville, Mt. Holly, Pemberton, Chesterfield, New Egypt, Burlington, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon, and all areas surrounding Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
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Rich was in the AFROTC program and then enlisted in the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant. He says, “The Vietnam War was in full effect and my number came up. Growing up, my uncle flew a single-engine airplane and I loved it. I had a deep fascination with flying airplanes because of that experience." While in the ROTC, Rich was a cadet with the 205th Detachment. He trained at Laredo Air Force Base in Texas where he was assigned to a 38-student pilot training school. He learned basic flying and flew Jet T-37 while learning the aircraft systems, hydraulics, electronics, and engine avionics. He flew in a two-seater side by side with the instructor and learned how to take off, soar and land. He then went on to the High-Speed Supersonic and Tran-sonic T-38 Jets, learning formation flying with two planes that overlapped wings 2 feet apart traveling at the Speed of Sound.
Rich graduated in July 1973, and his first assignment was at Little Rock Arkansas Air Force Base on the C- 130 where he was a Pilot, Co-Pilot, Flight Engineer, Navigator, Load-master and Crew Chief. His first assignment was at the Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, is a base of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) in northeast Thailand, approximately 250 km (157 mi) northeast of Bangkok. Prior to that, Rich went to First Survival Training in Homestead, Florida, where he learned to survive in the ocean. He says, “In WWII, Pilots were afraid to bail out of the aircraft, so our mission was to take the fear out of the unknown. We bobbed around in the ocean for over 8 hours before being rescued. They brought a helicopter overhead, using an anchor to unfold the seats, known as ‘Tree Penetration’ and it looks like a big lead teardrop. We strapped in and were pulled up out of the water. This was designed to penetrate the forests of Vietnam.” Rich also went to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, to learn basic survival in the woods, including eating bugs, starting fires and building shelters to stay away from the enemy. Then onto Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines to learn Jungle Survival. Once finished with that duty, he married his high school sweetheart, Peggy.
While stationed at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Rich was assigned to Unit ADCCC - Airborne Command Control Center – where he was the Pilot who flew the “Intel” on board to monitor ground traffic on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which was a Military supply route running from North Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia to South Vietnam. The route sent weapons, manpower, ammunition, and other supplies from Communist-led North Vietnam to their supporters in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He also flew the “Intel” over the Kong River in Cambodia and Thailand. There were two squads who led this Operation; 1) The Cricket Squad and 2) The Moonbeam Squad, which was Rich’s squad. One for the day, one for the night. In 1973 the entire Unit was relocated to the Philippines where Rich completed his Remote Tour. He was reassigned to Little Rock Air Force Base on the 62nd Tactical Airlift Squadron where he received his Aircraft Commander Rating for Pilots. He was then stationed in Decatur, Illinois, with the International Guard – 47th Aviation Branch where he flew Helicopters for the Army Unit.
Rich then decided to go into Administration and worked with the 183rd Tactical Group. He got an Honorable Discharge then reenlisted and transferred to New London, North Carolina, with the 235th ATC 5 Civilian Airfield where he worked in Communications, Radio Transmissions, and Radar Electronics. In 2002, he retired from the National Guard and reenlisted again with the Air Force Reserves in the 916 Civil Engineer Squadron at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base. In 2008, Rich officially retired from his Military career.
While in Little Rock, Arkansas, as a civilian, Rich had worked as an Inspector for Caterpillar Tractors so, upon retirement from the Air Force, he went back to work for Caterpillar in North Carolina as an Industrial Engineer.
Because of having traveled all around the world, buying and selling homes, Rich became interested in Real Estate and decided to become a Real Estate agent. He says, “Having a home is the most important thing in life. It’s your sanctuary. I wanted to be able to provide people with the best quality of service when they are looking to buy a home. Southern Pines is a beautiful place to live. The people are warm and friendly. We have the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, Reservoir Park, Southern Pines Brewing Company, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, The Creation Museum, and great Golf Courses, including Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines Golf Club, and Talamore Golf Course. I am honored to be the Realtor of choice for those who want to buy a home in our beautiful community”
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