Veterans Day 2017

For nearly 40 years, REDCOM Laboratories, Inc. has supported America’s active-duty military and veterans. We are proud of the fact that veterans make up 14% of our REDCOM family, and are an integral part of our success. Much more than that – we’re so proud that we get to work alongside these amazing people who made such tremendous sacrifices for our country.

We’ve collected some of their favorite pictures of their time in service. Every one of them mentioned that it would be great to reconnect with old friends. Maybe you can help make that happen? We’ll be posting on Facebook and on LinkedIn. If you know someone who may have served with anyone on our team, we hope you’ll share the pictures. Enjoy!

We are proud to have the following veterans currently employed at REDCOM. From top to bottom: Jeff Smith, USAF; Mike Sweeney, USMC; Mike Crissey, Navy; Derwin Melendez-Diaz, USMC; Tony Madonia, USAF; Craig Pfaff, USAF; Paul Bradley, USAF; Jonathan Ritz, Navy; Andrew Fuller, USMC; Sal Cervolo, Army; Eugene Kohlmeier, USAF; Cal Reynolds, USAF.

Sal Ceravolo, Army

Sal Ceravolo joined the military directly out of high school. He wanted to travel but also knew that he needed some discipline in his life in order to be successful. He joined the Army to help him accomplish both! After completing basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Sal graduated from school as a Signal Support Systems Specialist where he was responsible for radio and wire-line communications in a given company/battalion.

His first duty station was at Ft. Lewis in Washington State where he served with the 1st Battalion 11th Field Artillery and the 25th Infantry Division. While stationed in Ft. Lewis, WA, he was deployed state side to aid in fighting forest fires in Idaho and Montana. His next tour took him to Washington, D.C. and the White House with duties that included the White House Switchboard Supervisor and the White House Travel Lead. During that time, he was deployed to the Philippines, Egypt, Europe and Australia. While serving in the military, Sal learned what it means to work in a team, what it takes to lead people, and the importance of a college education.

For your bravery, hard work and dedication to our country, we thank you Sal!

Mike Crissey, Navy

After graduating from Navy boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, Mike Crissey went on to “A” school for Aviation Electronics (AT) and was then assigned to Fighter Squadron VF-143 “The Pukin’ Dogs”. The squadron’s home base was Naval Air Station Oceana, in Virginia Beach, VA.  During his military service Mike deployed and was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in Norfolk, VA which was off the coast of Iran when they were holding our embassy staff hostage.

He served on active duty from March 1978, thru March 1982 and achieved the rank of Petty Officer 2nd class (AT-2).

For your bravery, hard work and dedication to our country, we thank you Mike!

Andrew Fuller, USMC

Andrew Fuller joined the Marine Corps in 1991 after graduating from boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon completing basic training, he attended tech school In Tennessee where he graduated as a navigation aids tech which includes maintaining Tactical Air Navigation systems for pilots landing on the tactical air field. After school, he was stationed overseas to Okinawa, Japan.  Andrew was part of the Marine Expeditionary Unit – Special Operations Certified on the USS Belleau Wood which conducted operations in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. On the way to Australia, he received his Shellback (a card you earn for crossing the equator). Andrew was also part of an operation in Norway, where he aided in maintaining an expeditionary air field.

After returning to the US, he was assigned to the expeditionary air field in Bogue, North Carolina and then went on to become part of the Air Traffic Control community at Cherry Point, North Carolina. It was during that time that he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Management.

For your bravery, hard work and dedication to our country, we thank you Andrew!

Tony Madonia, USAF

Upon completion of basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, Tony Madonia graduated tech school at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. It was there that he received a Top Secret Cryptographic clearance and graduated as a Printer Systems Operator/Morse Code Operator. On completion of school, Tony was stationed at San Vito Air Station in Italy with the United States Air Force Security Service.

For your bravery, hard work and dedication to our country, we thank you Tony!

Tom Oates, USMC

Looking for a challenge and direction in life, Tom Oates knew the Marine Corps would provide both.  He enlisted and after graduating boot camp from Parris Island, South Carolina, he went to the school of infantry at Camp Geiger in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to become a Mortarman.

His first unit, A Co. 1/25 in the Marine Corps Reserves out of Albany, New York was mobilized and deployed to Saudi Arabia and then into Kuwait as part of the Invasion with 1st Marine Division for OPEARTION DESERT SHIELD & DESERT STORM.  After returning back stateside, Tom went back to College and earned his Bachelor’s Degree.  He graduated from Officer Candidate School, in Quantico, Virginia, accepted his Commission and transferred as a 2nd Lt to The Basic School, MCB Quantico, VA.

Through multiple duty stations and numerous deployments, Tom’s career has taken him all over the world! Some of his Military Occupational Specialties include: Mortarman, Rappel Master, Reconnaissance Man, Parachutist, Parachute Rigger, Communications Officer, Program Management Officer, Jump Officer, Joint Qualified Officer and Space Officer. He is a combat veteran with multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tom served for 26 ½ years, achieved the rank of Sergeant on the Enlisted side of the house and Major on the Officer side.  His Marine Corps Career was “challenging but very rewarding and like anything worthwhile in life, you learn to take the good with the bad”.  He would not trade his experiences in the Marines for anything.

For your bravery, hard work and dedication to our country, we thank you Tom!

Cal Reynolds, USAF

Calvin Reynolds graduated from Air Force Basic Training Oct 1976 from Lackland Air Force Base and then went on to graduate from tech school May 1977. During his 36+ years of military service he was stationed at Eielson Air Force base in Alaska, Griffiss Air Force base in New York and then went on to serve in the Reserves with the 174th Fighter Wing at Hancock Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, New York. Some of Cal’s favorite photos show him working on an antenna tower and in full Chemical Warfare Gear during an ORE (Operational Readiness Exercise) Jul 2005.

For your bravery, hard work and dedication, we thank you Cal!

Mike Rosato, Navy

Mike Rosato came to University of Rochester on an NROTC Scholarship. After commissioning, he served on two ships, both out of San Diego, California: USS Bristol County (LST-1198) as an Auxiliary Machinery Officer and Communications Officer and the USS Hewitt (DD-966) as the Navigator. Once aboard Bristol County, he deployed to the Western Pacific and conducted operations in the Northern Pacific just off the coast of Russia. On the Hewitt, Mike was part of the Third Fleet ASW squadron essentially hunting Russian submarines in the eastern Pacific. His last tour on active duty brought him right back to Rochester to the NROTC Unit where he was an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Rochester.

For your bravery, hard work and dedication to our country, we thank you Mike!

Mike Sweeney, USMC

Mike Sweeney recently retired from the Marine Corps after a career that spanned four decades.  He served in a variety of command and staff positions such as Commanding Officer, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island, SC; Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Ca;  Commanding Officer, 8th Communication Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC, Joint Operations Chief, J3, U.S. European Command, Commanding Officer, II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, Camp Lejeune NC and Chief of Staff, Marine Forces Pacific.

He has served in a number of locations across the globe and completed multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, National University, Naval Postgraduate School, and the U.S. Army War College.

For your bravery, hard work and dedication to our country, we thank you Mike!