Recognition For City Employees

Sept. 11, 2013

Cincinnati Reds Recognition For City Employees

I am pleased to announce that nine City employees were recognized at last night's Reds game versus the Chicago Cubs for their outstanding dedication and service to our country as veterans. These employees from various departments have received numerous awards and were honored on the field, with Police Officer Karen LeRay being the featured "Here's to The Hero" soldier.

With our recent signing of the Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve, this honor is further evidence of our commitment to our troops and returning veterans.

Let's all thank them for their years of service to Cincinnati and our country!

Milton Dohoney, Jr.
City Manager

 

Andrew Threatts

Emergency Communications Center

Branch: United States Marine Corps
Rank: Sergeant
Dates of Service: October 1983 to February 1996

Assignments:

  • Served in Beirut in 1985 during the TWA Hostage Crisis – Involved with civilian extractions from embassy
  • Desert Storm/Desert Shield 10/90 – 4/91: Assigned to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing - coordinated personnel and equipment deliveries to areas of operations
  • Somalia 12/91 – 3/92: Assigned to 5th MEF ACE (Air Combat Element) – provided air/ground cover for convoys taking food and provisions throughout Somalia

Awards:

  • Navy Achievement Medal with 2 Gold Stars
  • Good Conduct Medal with 3 Bronze Stars
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation

 

Jayson Currier

Greater Cincinnati Water Works

Branch: United States Navy and United States Air Force
Rank: Major
Dates of Service: 1987 to 1994 (Navy); 1996 to 2009 (Air Force)

Assignments:

  • Operation Iraqi Freedom – 2 tours of duty in Iraq– Squadron Commander at Kirkuk Air Base and Flight Commander at Balad Air Base
  • Operation Southern Watch, Saudi Arabia, Flight Commander

Awards:

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Navy Commendation
  • Iraq Campaign Medal

 

Michael Roth

Greater Cincinnati Water Works

Branch: United States Army
Rank: E-4 Specialist
Dates of Service: March 2004 to September 2007

Assignments:

  • Sixteen months in Afghanistan (February 2006 – May 2007)
  • Served with the 10th Mountain Division Light Infantry

Awards:

  • Two (2) Purple Hearts
  • Army Commendation Medal

 

John Plahovinsak

Human Resources

Branch: United States Army
Dates of Service: July 11, 1967 to Oct. 30, 1999

Assignments:

  • 24 FEB 1968 as Infantryman, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division in Republic of Korea
  • 1 FEB 1971 received Direct Commission as Second Lieutenant
  • 15 SEP 1995 promoted to Inspector General with rank of Lieutenant Colonel

Awards/Medals:

  • Meritorious Service Medal (1995 & 1999)
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1969)
  • Good Conduct Medal (1969)
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (1974)
  • Army Commendation Medal (3 awards)
  • Army Achievement Medal (1987)
  • National Defense Service Medal (1969)

Affiliations:

  • Life Member: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2290
  • Life Member: Reserve Officer Association (1971)
  • Life Member: Disabled American Veterans, Vice-President of Chapter #63

 

Joe Luster

Planning & Buildings

Branch: United States Army
Rank: E-4
Dates of Service: April 1969 to November 1970

Assignments:

  • Vietnam/Cambodia served with 1st Air Cav as a machine gunner - hit 5 times - 13 & 1/2 months in combat

Awards/Medals:

  • National Defense Ribbon
  • Vietnam Campaign Ribbon
  • Vietnam Service Ribbon with 2 campaign stars
  • Overseas Ribbon
  • Expert Shooting Badge with rifle
  • Combat Infantry Badge
  • Purple Heart with 1st oak leaf cluster
  • Bronze Star with V device & 1st oak leaf cluster
  • Air Medal with #2 device
  • Army Arcom Medal
  • Lifetime Member Disabled American Veterans
  • Lifetime Member Military Order of The Purple Heart
  • Founding Father of Bravo 2/5 - 1st Cav Vietnam Vets

 

Roosevelt Nixon

Public Services

Branch: United States Navy
Rank: Petty Officer, 3rd Class
Dates of Service: July 1985 to 1993

Assignment:

  • Operation Desert Storm (cchb-9)

 

Lou Sand

Cincinnati Parks

Branch: United States Army
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Dates of Service: October 1982 to December 2012

Assignments:

  • Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti, 1994
  • Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia, 1996
  • Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, 2004
  • Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, 2010

Awards/Medals:

  • Bronze Star
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • Army Meritorious Service Medal (x3)
  • Army Achievement Medal (x3)
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Reserve Component Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal
  • NATO Medal for Bosnia
  • NATO Medal for Afghanistan


Police Officer Porter Eubanks

Cincinnati Police Department

Branch: United States Army
Rank: Master Sergeant
Dates of Service: Feb. 2, 1984 to Present

Assignments:

  • Desert Storm
  • Desert Freedom
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Operation Enduring Freedom

 

Police Officer Joseph Ruchti

Cincinnati Police Department

Branch: US Army 1994-2000 Active Service; US Army Ohio National Guard 2000-2006
Rank: Staff Sergeant

Assignments:

  • US Army Europe in the Balkans (Bosnia and Kosovo)
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003 through 2004)

Awards/Medals:

  • Combat Action Badge
  • Numerous Army Achievement and Commendation Medals

 

Police Officer Karen LeRay

Cincinnati Police Department

Branch: US Marine Corps
Rank: Corporal
Dates of Service: October 2006 to October 2012

Assignment:

  • Operation Iraqi Freedom

Awards/Medals:

  • Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Multiple Achievement and Commendation Medals