Serviceman holding flag

“It is an important part of our society”

Phil Walden says that joining the Army was one of the best decisions of his life.

Now working as an anesthesia tech at Spartanburg Medical Center, Walden remembers how the training helped him with his later careers.

“The training I had in the service and my experiences I had in the military allowed me to be a better leader and manager,” Walden said.

Walden was drafted in 1970 and was honorably discharged in April 1973. Walden joined as a sergeant and worked as an X-ray technician, traveling through mostly southern bases.

“I enjoyed the people that I worked with and the organization of it,” Walden said.

After leaving the military, Walden used the G.I. Bill to receive his undergraduate degree in biology and buy homes.

“Being in the Army was a matter of doing my part to protect the freedoms and rights that exist in this country,” Walden said. “It is an important part of our society and I encourage anyone to look at it as a career option.”

Each year, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System honors the nearly 300 veterans who work or volunteer throughout the system. This year, on Friday, Nov. 9, veterans will be recognized during a special luncheon.

Thank you to our staff and all of those for serving our country:

 Dustin Abele – Army

 Jessica Allison – Air Force

 Jamie Ammerman – Army

 Douglas Anglin – Marines

 Summer Arias – Navy

 Robert Arnett – Air Force

 James Atkins – Navy

 Douglas Babb – Air Force

 Frank Bagwell – Army

 Jack Baker – Army

 Daniel Bannister – Air Force

 Richard Barnett – Navy

 Naomi Bassett – Navy, Air Force

 Jay Bearden – Navy

 Dania Beck – Army

 Candace Begley – Marines

 Michael J. Bell, DO – Navy

 Doug Benecke – Army

 William Bennett – Navy

 James Biddle – Army

 Summer Biggs – Army

 Jerome Blakely – Army

 Amanda Block – Marines

 Tara Bobo – Air Force

 Richard Boudreau – Army

 Clifford W. Bowers III, DO – Army

 Bryan Brandon – Army

 Fritz Breckner, DO – Army

 Ervin Brewster – Army

 Catherine Brickey – Air Force

 Steve Bright – Marines

 Gail Brown – Army

 Reginald Brown – Unsure

 Mike Bullman – Army

 David Burgess – Army

 Richard Burgess – Air Force

 Jerome Burke – Marines

 William Calton – Army

 Jason Cantrell – Air Force

 Greg Catoe – Air Force

 Diane Christopher – Army

 David Clyburn – Army

 Chuck Cobb – Air Force

 David Colangione – Air Force

 John Cole – Marines

 Ponice Coleman – Army

 Andrew Cooke – Air Force

 Steve Corso – Army

 Robert Crisman – Navy

 Adam Crowe – Air Force

 Jerry Cudd – Army

 Jeffrey Cummings – Navy

 Luci Daley – Army

 John Dargan – Navy

 Glenn Davis – Army

 Randy Davis – Army

 Steven Davis – Army, Air Force

 Ty Davis – Marines

 Gerald Deel – Navy

 Wanda DeShields – Army

 Jeannie Dias – Army

 Johnny Dias, DO – Army

 Gwen Dillard – Navy

 Bob Donnan – Army

 Hubert Dowell – Army, Air Force

 Aroderick Earle – Marines

 John Eller – Army

 Brian Ellis – Army

 James Ellis – Army

 Adam Elmore – Marines

 Michael Enright – Navy

 Shannon Erickson – Marines

 Andrea Evans – Army

 Duane Evans – Air Force

 Candice Ezell – Air Force

 Tim Fagan – Marines, Air Force

 John Falcon – Army

 Sherry Finleyson – Air Force

 Steven Fish – Air Force

 Robert Flandry – Army

 John Flinn – Marines

 Carlos Fonte – Marines

 Bob Ford – Air Force

 Michelle Ford – Unsure

 Gracie Foster – Army

 Stephen Foster – Navy

 Jerry Fowler – Army

 Mitchell Fowler – Army

 Melissa Foxworth – Army

 Gabe Gaertner – Army

 Joe Gagnon – Army

 John MD Gallagher – Coast Guard

 Lucy Gansauer – Air Force

 Lyell Garland – Army

 Devonne Gerstenacker – Marines

 Stewart Glenister – Army

 Latasha Gooden – Army

 Sandra Goodman – Army

 Scott Gosnell – Navy

 Walter Grady – Air Force

 Charetta Green – Army

 Brian Guernsey – Army

 Wesley Hall – Navy

 James Halla – Air Force

 Phillip Hanna – Navy

 Scottie Hardin – Marines

 John Harris – Navy

 Brittany Head – Army

 Elizabeth Heatherly – Air Force

 Linda Hellebrand – Navy

 Chris Henderson – Air Force

 Amy Holder – Marines

 Joseph Hood – Army

 Quinton Hopper – Marines

 Dan Horne – Army

 Scott MD Hovis – Army, Marines

 David Howell – Army

 Alexander Hray – Navy

 Harold Hulon – Army

 Jackie Humphries – Air Force

 Dwight Hylton – Army

 Robert Ivey – Air Force

 Barbara Jackson – Army

 Charnise Jackson – Air Force

 Curtis Jackson – Navy

 Debbie Jank – Air Force

 Ronald Januchowski – Army

 Charles Jennings – Air Force

 Denis Jimenez – Army

 Clarence Johnson – Navy

 Edwin Johnson – Air Force

 Michael Johnson – Army

 Rodney Johnson – Army

 Willie Johnson – Army

 Byron Jones – Air Force

 Robert Jones – Air Force

 Julian Josey – Army

 Randy Joye – Air Force

 Isaiah Kappenman – Army

 John Keller – Army

 Sebastion Dakota Kelly – Army

 Jack Kendrick – Air Force

 Lester Kennedy – Army

 William Kerfoot – Navy

 Edward Knight – Army

 Randy Knox – Army

 Peter J Kobes – Air Force

 Ladia Konz – Navy

 Christopher Kuss – Marines

 Crystal Lallement – Army

 Randy Lamkin – Air Force

 Joshua Lance – Navy

 Jay Lemmons – Army

 Eddie Leonard – Army

 Thomas Leong –

 Paul Lepage – Army

 Corey Lyles – Air Force

 Jasmine Lyles – Army

 Andrew Lyons – Navy

 Joe Mackey – Navy

 Chris Malloch – Marines

 Bryan May – Air Force

 Gary Mays  – Army

 John McAbee – Army

 Sean McCallion – Air Force

 Justin McConnell – Marines

 Kathleen McDonnell – Army

 Jimmy McKinney – Army

 Shaunte Means – Army

 Scott Meyer – Marines

 Scott Miller – Army

 Shelia Miller – Army

 Kevin Mings – Navy

 Paul Minnix – Marines

 Kenneth Mitchell – Air Force

 Garry Moore – Navy

 Josh Moore – Navy

 Deborah Morton – Army

 Roquontra Morton – Army

 Rachel Moss – Army

 Paul Mundy – Air Force

 Darlene Myles – Navy

 Vladimir Napechnik – Navy

 Wayne Neal – Air Force

 Eric Nelson – Air Force

 Renee Norman – Army

 William Norman – Navy

 Dea Norton – Navy

 Sara Palmer – Army

 Marcia Parra – Air Force

 Perry Patterson – Air Force

 Rondey Peake – Navy

 Mark Pearce – Marines

 Everette Pearson – Navy

 Gerald Pera – Army

 Andrea Perry – Army

 Lacy Perry – Marines

 Kim Pickett – Marines

 James Pinnell – Army

 David Pinniger – Army

 Finley Pollard – Army

 David Pope – Army

 Michael Porter – Navy

 Greg Powell – Navy

 Christopher Powers – Army

 David Price – Army, Navy

 Charles Prieto – Army

 Andrea Rambow – Air Force

 Terrance Ramsey – Air Force

 Lauren Rauscher – Navy

 Lesley Reid – Air Force

 Samuel Reid – Army

 Sundai Rembacki – Navy

 Kevin Reynolds – Navy

 Mark Reynolds – Marines

 Jeffrey Richardson – Army

 Scott Riddle – Air Force

 James Riley – Army

 Michael Riordan – Coast Guard

 Rigoberto Rivera – Air Force

 Bruce Robbins – Air Force

 Anisaa Romano Gharaibeh – Navy

 Rex Rubin – Marines

 Ronald Sample – Army

 Bob Scherer – Air Force

 Carl Scibetta – Army, Air Force

 Matthew Scofield – Air Force

 Sonya Scott – Army

 Nichole Sellers – Marines

 Phillip Sessions – Navy

 Michael Seymour – Unsure

 Warren (Jimmy) Shadko – Army, Navy

 Eddie Shelton – Army

 Nathan Shields – Army

 Debbie Simmons – Air Force

 Ricky Sims – Army

 Keith Sirmans – Army

 Jordan Skelley – Army

 Chris Skinner – Army

 George Smith – Army

 Robtees Smith – Navy

 Jack Spann – Marines

 Jesse Stafford – Marines

 Drew Steiner – Army

 Gregory Stevens – Air Force

 Jeff Straub – Navy

 Lisa Swann – Navy

 Tamara Tackett – Army

 Jason Taylor – Air Force

 Reginald J. Thomas – Army

 Andrew Thompson – Air Force

 Tanya Thompson – Navy

 Wayne Timmons – Air Force

 Ryan Tracy – Navy

 Thomas Tuccillo – Army

 Jim Turmel – Air Force

 Jayla Twitty – Army

 Paul Varner – Navy

 Phil Walden – Army

 Joe Walker – Army

 John Walker – Army

 Michelle Wall – Army

 Michael Watkins – Air Force

 Bradley Watson – Army

 Devlin Watson – Army

 Kimberly Westley – Army

 John White – Army

 Gail Whiteaker – Army

 Nathan Wilde – Unsure

 Donnell Wilkins – Air Force

 Lanora Williams – Navy

 Nicholas Williams – Army

 Alan Wilson – Marines

 Jason Wilson – Navy

 Donald Witt – Air Force

 Robert Wolfe – Army

 Michael Wolff – Air Force

 Allen Wylie – Army

 John Yarborough – Army

 John Yelton – Army

 ShaReda Young – Army