November 06, 2014
USAA signs on as official sponsor for Washington Redskins

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Colonel, Retired Barney Barnum, U.S. Marine CorpsBarney Barnum served multiple tours as an artilleryman with both the 3rd and 2nd Marine Divisions to include two tours in Vietnam; Guard Officer at Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor and Operations Officer, and four years at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, to name a few. In 1962 he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps. Barnum was the fourth Marine to be awarded the nation's highest honor, the Medal of Honor for valor in Vietnam, just one of his many medals and decorations. In August of 1989, Barnum retired from the Marine Corps.On July 23, 2001, he was sworn in as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Reserve Affairs In this capacity he was responsible for all matters regarding the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve including manpower, equipment, policy and budgeting.  Mr. Barnum was designated Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) on January 20 2009 and retired on April 30 2009.Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Quentin Benjamin, U.S. NavyMaster- at- Arms 3rd Class Quentin Benjamin hails from of Goose Creek, S.C.  He enlisted in the Navy in 2009 and is currently serving his first enlistment as well as his first assignment, Naval Support Activity Washington. MA3 Benjamin has been assigned to Naval Support Activity Washington as a Master- at- Arms for the past two years. MA3 Benjamin was nominated to be recognized by the Redskins because he was recently awarded the Navy's second-highest noncombat medal for his heroic actions. The Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert recently awarded Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Quentin Benjamin, the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism.Sergeant First Class Charles Byerly,  U.S. ArmyCharles Byerly, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class, returned to active duty after spending two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Charles worked at the Warrior Transition Battalion as a Platoon Sergeant. Although going through difficult times as a Wounded Warrior, Charles’s recovery from his injury is truly amazing!Staff Sergeant Hector Campos, U.S. ArmyHector Campos, Staff Sergeant, has been in the Warrior Transition Unit for about a year.  Prior to becoming a Wounded Warrior, Hector served in Iraq as a truck commander.  SSG Campos was involved in a severe military ambush and protected his unit despite enduring a severe injury.  He has complied with all of his treatment plans, which has helped him transition into the miraculous Soldier that he has become.  SSG Campos now has the desire to become a Squad Leader for the Warrior Transition Unit so that he may be able to give back to other Wounded Warriors.Major Justin Constantine, U.S. Marine Corp ReserveJustin Constantine joined the Marine Corps after his second year of law school in 2006.  He volunteered his service and served in the Al-Anbar Province as a Team Leader of a group of Marines performing civil affairs while attached to an infantry battalion.  Justin survived a sniper attack and continues to live his life to the fullest.  Justin had been awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal and most recently the “Champion of Change” for veterans, issued by the White House. He is currently a lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice and sits on the board for several non-profit organizations.  Justin also founded and, two organizations who raise money for others experiencing what Justin has experienced twice in his time with the military.Specialist Frederick Dickens, U.S. ArmyFrederick Dickens, U.S. Air Force Specialist, joined the Military in March of 2001.  He attended Basic training at Lackland Air Force Base and Advanced Individual Training at Sheppard Air Force Base to become an F-16 Crew Chief and Mechanic.  After transferring to the DC National Guard, he was deployed to Afghanistan in January of 2010 until his injury in October of 2010.  SPC Dickens has been transitioning from his injuries professionally, mentally and physically.  He has been a motivator for those around him, and is continuing his education to return to duty with the National Guard.Master Sergeant William Dixon, U.S. MarinesWilliam J. Dixon enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1989.  Master Sergeant Dixon served combat tours during Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.  Deploying to over 30 countries, Dixon’s duties have ranged from Inspector Instructor Staff to Motor Transport Operations Chief. Currently, Sergeant Dixon is assigned to Marine Corps Funeral Director supporting Presidential, Congressional and all Marine Corps funerals and burials in Arlington Cemetery.  Dixon received the honor of 2008 Marine of the Year.  Sergeant Dixon is known for his pristine public speaking during ceremonies and his comforting counseling for the families of the fallen.Master Sergeant, Retired Curtis Dunn, U.S. ArmyCurtis Dunn went through the Q Course in 1989 and became a Green Beret.  Since enlisting in the Army, Curtis served on Active Duty, in the Reserves, and for the Army National Guard and retired after a successful 26-year career.  Throughout his career, Curtis has been deployed to 18 different countries for combat and non-combat related duties.  Dunn was awarded the Purple Heart during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007; He endured severe injuries during an improvised explosive device incident.  Currently working in the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Curtis goes out of his way to help fellow soldiers in any way he can!Sergeant First Class Lisa Ryan, U.S. ArmyLisa Ryan, a Sergeant First Class of the US Army, is currently stationed at the DC Armory, where she serves as the Battalion S1, PSNCO for Headquarters, 372nd Military Police Battalion. Sergeant First Class, Lisa M. Ryan was born on the island of Oahu.  She is the youngest and the only girl in her family to proudly serve in the military. She joined the United States Army in 1995. She also has been awarded with an abundance of Federal and State awards and decorations.Captain Alvin Shell, U.S. ArmyAlvin Shell, a retired US Army captain, is known as a local hero.  He was injured while helping another soldier in Iraq.  When he returned 100% percent disabled, the Wounded Warrior Project helped him start a new career.  For the past five years, Alvin has been working for Homeland Security.  He is a happy father of three boys and currently resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia.Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class, Glenn Tunacao, U.S. NavyHospital Corpsman 3rd Class Glenn Tunacao enlisted in the United States Navy in January 2004. In 2010, he was deployed to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where he was assigned to the Orthopaedic Surgery Department and responsible for the care 9,700  wounded warriors. Petty Officer Tunacao was named the 2011 Sailor of the Year for both Lanstuhl Regional Medical Center and Hospital Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He is also recipient of the Army Commendation and the Army and Navy Achievement medals for his outstanding service. He most recently he has been selected to advance to Petty Officer Second Class.
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