Al was born in Hawaii where he joined the U.S. Navy in 1972 during the last part of the Vietnam War.
He was stationed in El Centro, San Diego, and San Jose, as well as Barbers Point, Hawaii. His last few years on active duty were spent in support of the first Gulf War before retiring with his family to Onalaska in 1992.
Al has one son who is currently serving in the U.S. Army and another son who served in the United States Air Force, but sadly lost his life while on active duty. Al also has a grandson who is currently serving on active duty in the Air Force.
95.7 The Rock and Mississippi Welders Supply would like to recognize our December Veteran of the Month, Staff Sergeant David Schloesser. Staff Sergeant Schloesser is from Hudson, Wisconsin and has proudly served his country for eight years in the Army. He was deployed in the 75th Ranger Battalion in 2009 during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Staff Sergeant Schloesser has over 18 awards and badges, including an Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and more. In 2014, David won the "Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year" award while stationed in Louisiana.
He is currently in college for business management at Upper Iowa University, while working as a full time Army Recruiter in Onalaska. David is looking forward to being accepted into the Army's "Warrant Officers Flight Training" program.
Mississippi Welder Supply and 95.7 The Rock would like to thank Staff Sergeant Schloesser for his bravery and service to our great country!
SSG Roberts retired in May 2013 after serving his country for 21 years in the Army and Army National Guards, having recently been with the 107th Maintenance Company of Viroqua. During his service time, he was deployed to both the Persian Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
SSG Roberts has been the recipient of over 47 awards, including the Bronze Star, 5 Army Achievement Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal.
Joe has served on the Readstown Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years and is also very active in his church.
Mississippi Welder's Supply & 95.7 The Rock want to thank Joseph for his service to our country...and hope that he can enjoy a night out on us at Java Vino.