November 11, 2015

First established after World War I and known at that time as “Armistice Day,” Congress recognized a need to honor those who have served. Following the mobilization of World War II and the Korean War, the commemorative day was renamed as Veterans Day, a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

According to the 2014 Census Bureau, there are an estimated 21.8 million veterans of the United States armed forces.

In a world where more than 90 percent of us will never understand what it’s like to take an oath to protect this country or face an enemy, we owe so much to these brave men and women.

JHE honors six employees for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

  • John Autrey
  • Gary Dozier
  • Steve Moore
  • Ronnie Oehler
  • Susan Picado
  • Greg Smith

To showcase our pride for JHE’s veterans, Smith, Autrey, Picado, Moore and Dozier shared details on their time in service, deployments and more.

An eight-year veteran at JHE, Greg Smith has acquired nearly three times that experience serving in the U.S. Navy. The Cryptologic Technician Technical Chief Petty Officer was deployed 10 times over the course of his 21 years in service. Smith was deployed in support of battles including Operation Nimble Archer, Operation Prime Chance, Operation Earnest Will, Operation Praying Mantis, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Gulf War, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Autrey was an E-3 Army Specialist that was a crew member aboard an M1 Abrams tank. He was based out of Fort Knox, Kentucky.


JHE’s newest addition, Susan Picado, proudly served in the Army from 1982 to 1984. She was an E-3 Private First Class and stationed in Fort Jackson, South Carolina for basic training; Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana for schooling; and then Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  During her time, she was a Target Acquisition Specialist and also served as a legal clerk.  


JHE’s senior director of touring, Gary Dozier, also committed 11 years to serving our country. Deployed for Operation Desert Shield, Operation Vigilant Warrior and Operation Joint Endeavor, the United States Air Force E-5 Staff Sergeant traveled the world in support of his work. He also was based at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, Shemya Island in Alaska and at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

JHE’s Audio Engineer Steven Moore served in both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. As a Technical Sergeant in the Air Force, Moore was stationed at Travis Air Force Base, California; and Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia. While in the Marine Corps, he attended boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina. Then, orders took him to Little Creek Naval Base, Virginia; Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia; Marine Corps Base in Hawaii; and Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina. Moore was deployed twice during Operation Enduring Freedom to Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Africa and other military bases.

JHE salutes our employees who gave their all and the millions of brave men and women who donned a uniform and badge of courage to serve this homeland. 

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