Dietz & Watson’s Hometown Hero: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler GroveTyler became interested in the Navy when he was a little kid. But, it really hit him in 8th grade when he was responsible for taking down the flag each day at school and folding it into a triangle. At that point, he decided that he really wanted to do something for this country.
Dietz & Watson’s Hometown Hero: Air Force Lt. Col. Pilot Ray NeallIn college, Ray joined Air Force ROTC at the University of Maryland. He graduated in 1975 and joined the Air Force as Second Lieutenant.
Dietz & Watson’s Hometown Hero: Army First Sgt. Brie KotulaIn 2001, Brie was in college - training to become a police officer. Then, 9/11 happened and she changed her career plan and decided to enlist in the army. Brie felt that was her calling. In 2002, she shipped off to basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Dietz & Watson’s Hometown Hero: Army First Lt. Ben MorganBen decided to join the army while in high school and the ROTC program was the route that he took. Ben graduated as an active-duty infantry officer from Auburn University.
Dietz & Watson’s Hometown Hero: Coast Guard CWO-4 Tracy WadeTracy joined the Coast Guard in 1992 at the age of 18 and went on to become a machinery technician. In 2006, he was commissioned as Chief Warrant Officer.
Dietz & Watson’s Hometown Hero: Commander Kim LeBelKim LeBel originally joined the Navy in 1975 and then went to nursing school. She returned in 1986 and stayed for 30 wonderful years. LeBel calls it, "the most glorious career anybody could ever have."
Dietz & Watson's Hometown Hero: Sgt. Chiquita PenaSgt. Chiquita Pena is this week's Hometown Hero. She is an advocate for homeless female veterans and assists Final Salute Inc., a company that helps female veterans who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness. Pena served on two tours in Afghanistan and continues to serve as a reservist in the Army.
Dietz & Waton's Hometown Hero: Navy WWII Vet Philip MarcusPhilip Marcus is this week’s Hometown Hero. He is a 96-year-old disabled veteran that was injured during an enemy invasion while serving his country with great pride and courage from May 1942 to October 1945 in the United States Navy.