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Local Veterans are requested to share their stories/photos online

Veterans DayWith Veterans Day approaching Monday, November 11th, a local company is asking veterans and their family and friends to post a picture and share a bit of their story.

The goal is to learn about those who have given a part of their lives to this country’s freedom. Whether the veteran served in a war or not, their history and service is important and should be shared.

This is a special time to honor those who served us so that we all are able to enjoy the freedom we have here in the United States.

To share your photos and stories, please visit to post.


Michael Shepard started with his story and photo to give an example of the stories and photos we’re looking for:

Michael Shepherd“I will start with a short story on my service. As the owner of No Contract Cellular, I will give a short of my story, so the emphasis can be put on the others in our community.

I joined the Marine Corps in the delayed entry program in December of 1992. After boot camp and basic infantry training I later finished classes to be a 6015 (MOS) and worked in power line on the AV-8B Harrier.

I did all the maintenance associated to make an engine operate, oil system, fuel system, nozzles, engine, and many other things. I also was a qualified Plane Captain which meant I was the final person to sign off an aircraft was safe to fly by completing inspections on the aircraft.

I worked directly with the pilots giving them confidence that the aircraft they flew was safe, they would return home safely, and the mission would be able to be completed. I had the pleasure of serving my country in Operation Deny Flight, a United Nations Operation, which would later become known as Operation Strong Resolve when IFOR (International Force of Readiness) took over in December of 2005 by Nato.

I received several medals and ribbons, but the one that meant the most was a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for possibly saving an aircraft, as well as, a pilots life. I received this by only doing my job. I believe those that have lost their lives or received a medal for something they did will say this same thing, I was only doing my job, and looking out for my fellow service member.

Being in the brotherhood of Marines is an honor, and one I am honored to be a part of, as well as, honored to have served our country.

This is a picture of myself with my dad, not sure what year, by the plane that bore my name on the opposite side of where the pilots name goes.  That is a special honor given to qualified Plane Captains for being the final responsible party of ensuring a plane is ready to take any tasks or mission the pilot is given.”

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