11/11/16 | Veterans are a large and important part of the Johnson & Wales University community. This Veterans Day, we take a moment to acknowledge and thank all of our students who have served and to introduce a few of them.
Name: Staff Sergeant Angela Kimbrough, United States Air Force
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
JWU Campus: Charlotte
Major: Hotel and Lodging Management, Sommelier minor
After serving all over the globe, including tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Kimbrough decided to tackle her civilian career with the same tenacity she displayed in the Air Force. Her service accolades include a number of medals and ribbons, including the Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
Today, in addition to being an active member of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, working for a luxury hotel in Charlotte, and pursuing her degree full-time she is also “most importantly, a full-time mother of two boys, ages 7 and 11.”
Kimbrough said she “joined the military to serve my country and gain valuable skills and experiences while I decided what I wanted to be in life.”
Name: Airman First Class Justein McGarity, United States Air Force
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
JWU Campus: Denver
Major: Business Administration, concentration in Human Resource Management
McGarity served in the United States Air Force from 2007 until she was honorably discharged in 2010. She was stationed at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado. In addition to being a student at JWU, McGarity is a mother and step mother of five children, as well as the Denver campus Student Veteran & Dependent Liaison.
Like so many veterans, a legacy of service is present in McGarity's family. “I joined the military because all of my uncles had served,” she said. “I found the confidence I gained from serving very rewarding.”
Name: Sergeant Alphonso J. Dunston, United States Army Reserves
Hometown: Waldorf, Maryland
JWU Campus: North Miami
Major: Business Management, concentration in Event Sales and Meeting Management
Dunston, who is still serving as a noncommissioned officer in the US Army Reserves, completed tours in Kuwait and Iraq. Consistently recognized throughout his career, Dunston has been awarded a number of accolades including the Army Commendation medal, two Army Achievement medals, and an Overseas Ribbon, to name a few.
Dunston joined the Army to continue his family's legacy of service. “My uncles and father served during the Korean and Vietnam war era. I wanted to serve my country in our current wars and peacetime efforts,” Dunston said.
He encourages those considering enlisting, regardless of the branch, to make the most they can out of the experience. “You can do anything and be anybody you want to be, and the US military can help you with that,” he said.
Are you a veteran or an active duty military member? Contact one of our School Certifying Officials to learn more about why Johnson & Wales was named a Top Military Friendly School by GI Jobs.