Even though we can’t honor a member of the military at an actual baseball game, for now, we’ll select an honoree to be recognized on Fridays across our social media platforms and below. When the season restarts with fans in the stands, we’ll resume honoring those in the actual Salute to Service Seat. Until then, read about those who have and are serving the country.
July 24 - Lieutenant Colonel Joseph (JR) Mukes
Lieutenant Colonel Joseph (JR) Mukes has served on active duty as a Field Artillery officer since 2001. LTC Mukes’ role is to coordinate fire support for ground personnel with rockets, missiles, and mortars that will enable friendly forces safe passage through enemy territory. JR has deployed to combat four times. His first deployment was part of the initial invasion into Iraq in 2003 as part of Iraqi Freedom where his Multiple Launch Rocket System unit supported the initial push to Baghdad. His other deployments include a second trip to Iraq, as well as time in Qatar and Afghanistan supporting the Iraqi Army and US ground forces coordinating Air Force support. Lieutanant Colonel Mukes’ many awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Forces Commendation Medal. JR is currently assigned to the Mission Command Training Program as a Coach/mentor for Division-level staffs.
July 17 - Lieutenant Colonel Dong (Tony) Lee
Lieutenant Colonel Dong (Tony) Lee served in the US Army from 1995 to 1999 as an Administrative Specialist. During this time he deployed with the 709th Military Police Battalion to Bosnia and Herzegovina. He reentered the Army in 2009 as a Dental Officer. Lieutenant Colonel Lee specializes in treating dental and facial issues including restoring missing teeth and jaw structures. Tony has deployed to Iraq as a Dental Officer and served in Korea as the Officer in Charge of the Carius Specialty Dental Clinic and Chief of Prosthodontics at Camp Humphreys supporting a population of over 25,000 service members. LTC Lee also was an Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics a the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. His awards include Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
July 10 - Captain Jacob Anderson
Captain Jacob Anderson entered the US Air Force in 2014. Captain Anderson is serving as a Remotely Operated MQ-9 Reaper Pilot and Flight Commander in the 20th Attack Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base. In this role he flies close air support combat missions for ground forces in combat world-wide. He has also been assigned to the 42nd Attack Squadron where he was a pilot, instructor pilot, flew, and taught combat aviation. Jake’s awards include: 14 awards of the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, two Meritorious Units Awards, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border.
July 2 - Chief Master Sergeant Rodney Lockett
Chief Master Sergeant Rodney Lockett hails joined the US Marine Corps in 1979 where he served for nine years initially as an Infantryman in the 7th Marine Regiment then as a Marine Security Guard in American Embassies in the Sudan and New Zealand. He also served in the 1st Marine Division Camp Pendleton Military Police Battalion. Rodney joined the Air National Guard in 1994 and served until 2008 where he was again a military policeman and served in Turkey, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Poland, and other duty assignments. His many awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal , two awards of the Air Force Commendation Medal, and four Air Force Achievement Medals. Rodney now works at the US Department of Homeland Security, Region VII Cybersecurity and infrastructure Security Agency as the Chief of Regulatory Compliance for the Chemical Anti-Terrorism Standards Program.
June 26 - Major Marvin Browning
Major Marvin Browning entered the US Army in 1986 and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant before being commissioned as an officer. MAJ Browning has deployed to Iraq in 2003 and again in 2005 where he supported the 25th ID and other Maneuver elements with force protection and Convoy Logistics Patrols. Marvin is currently assigned as the Logistics Officer (G-4) of an Army Reserve Expeditionary Sustainment Command overseeing the Corps-level logistics elements. His awards and decorations are many but include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal and Army Recruiter Badge.
June 19 - Chief Warrant Officer 4 Louis Campos
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Louis Campos has served in the US Army on active duty for over 16 years. Chief Campos is a Field Artillery Targeting Technician advising field commanders on target acquisition assets and targeting methodology. He has completed four combat tours, two in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. He’s served with the 1st Armored Division, 1st Cavalry Division, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade and many others. His many awards include two Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, and ten Army Commendation Medals. Chief Campos is currently serving as a Field Artillery Technician Observer/Coach/Trainer at the Mission Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
June 12 - First Lieutenant Steven Brosby
First Lieutenant Steven Brosby joined the US Air Force after graduating from the Academy in 2017. Lieutenant Brosby is an Attack Remotely piloted aircraft pilot stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base where he is assigned to the 20th Attack Squadron. Steven conducts aerial reconnaissance, friendly force over watch and precision air strikes in support of Operations Freedom Sentinel and Inherent Resolve. LT Brosby is a qualified pilot on the T-6 Texan and the T-38 Talon. He also lettered 2 years in varsity football while at the Air Force Academy.
June 5 - Colonel Tom Burson
Colonel Tom Burson served over 34 years in the Guard as an Aviation Officer where he flew over 5500 hours in five different aircraft, primarily the AH-1 Cobra and AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopters with the 1-135th Aviation Battalion of the MO Guard. In 2010, Tom deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan as the Executive Officer of the 1107th Aviation Group. He commanded the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade headquartered in Sedalia from 2013 – 2017. His awards are many but include two Legion of Merits, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star and Master Army Aviator Badge. Since retiring, Tom is working as an EMS Pilot for Air-Evac.
May 29 - Sergeant Juan Martinez
Sergeant Juan Martinez was born in San Angelo, Texas and raised in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. In 2009, Juan joined the US Army Reserve as a Medic and was assigned to the 469th Ambulance Company in Wichita. After earning the rank of Sergeant, Martinez was assigned to the 89th Sustainment Brigade in Kansas City, Missouri. SGT Martinez taught the Combat Life Savers Courses and supported the recertification of medics. While fulfilling the role of Medical Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge, SGT Martinez attended and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Master's in Space and Aviation Education. Currently, SGT Martinez is on orders with the 89th Sustainment Brigade to assist in Human Resources. SGT Martinez awards are two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
May 22 - Technical Sergeant Chris Johnson
Technical Sergeant Chris Johnson served in the US Air Force from 1998 through 2015. During his career as a Communications Network, Switching and Cryptographer and Cyber Transport Systems Sergeant, Chris deployed to Qatar with the Joint Psychological Operations Task Force in 2007 then again in that same year with the 308th Psyops Battalion (US Army) to Baghdad, Iraq. Tech Sergeant Johnson’s awards include: two awards of the Joint Service Commendation, two awards of the Air Force Commendation medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service and Service Medals and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
May 15 - Lieutenant Colonel Adam Symanski
Lieutenant Colonel Adam Symanski has served in the US Army Reserve for over 24 years as a logistician. LTC Symanski has deployed to Iraq twice, initially in 2003 as an Automotive/Armament and Ammunition Platoon Leader, and again in 2009 as a Contracting Officer’s Representative in Camp Striker with the 561st Regional Support Group. He is currently serving as the Executive Officer of the 89th Sustainment Brigade headquartered in Kansas City. LTC Symanski’s awards include 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, 8 Army Reserve Achievement Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Star, and many others.
May 8 – Captain Carl E. Bolte
Captain Carl E. Bolte served for 38 years in the US Navy and Navy Reserve. He served active duty with the Pacific Fleet from 1951 to 1954, and ultimately commanded six units during his career. Throughout his life, the 96-year-old has been an accomplished song writer and author, including “A Royal Welcome” for the expansion Kansas City Royals in 1968 and the alma mater for Western Missouri University.