Veteran’s Day, November 11
We are proud of the veterans who work in our office.
Steve Rainey joined the US Marine Corps when he was 17 years old. He landed in Vietnam in 1965 in the first major troop commitment of the war. His first station was at Chu Lai, south of Da Nang, providing security for the airstrip there in his position as a gunner on 155mm Howitzers. Later, his regiment moved into the mountains around Laos where Rainey’s unit got commendations during Operation Starlight for their high number of kills.
Sharon Calhoun, Medicaid Specialist for SAFE Planning, is a 20 year veteran of the USAF. Sharon enjoyed tours of duty in the US, Azores, Panama, Korea, Germany, and the Netherlands. She achieved rank of E-7 Master Sergeant and began her career in radar electronics on the KC-135 Stratotanker in the Strategic Air Command at Altus AFB, OK. She ended her career as the Chief of Systems Analysis at Barksdale AFB, Bossier City, LA.
Ric Cochranserved in the Air National Guard from 1973 to 1979. He says it taught him how people working together could accomplish practically any task. After they began working together, Ric and Sharon discovered that they were both stationed at Keesler Air Force Base inBiloxi, MS at the same time.
Faison Autrey, Administration Assistant for SAFE Planning, served in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer for eight years. After training in the Military Police Corps at Fort McClellan, Alabama, she served at the 24th Military Police Company (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Georgia. She served in Seoul, South Korea with the Criminal Investigations Division as a Drug Suppression Team member in charge of drug trafficking and contraband investigations. A member of Faison’s family has served in every branch of the military since World War II. She credits her strong work ethic to her family and her military service and considers her service to her country as one of her highest accomplishments to date.