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Generously supported in part by Welcome Back Veterans (WBV), an initiative of the McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball.
At Home Base, our Outreach Team is made up of individuals who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001. Some have had their own experience with combat–related stress. Some returned home and entered college. They know that the stigma of seeking help, unease about the health care system, anxiety about managing a return to school or a job, and family stresses are real obstacles their fellow veterans are working to overcome as they take steps to heal from the "invisible wounds of war."
Roger Knight is a graduate of Norwich University and served in the United States Army for eight years. After enlisting in 2003, and being selected for Special Forces training, Roger earned his Green Beret, and was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, NC.
While on a Special Forces ODA, he served as the Weapons Specialist and later as the Intelligence Specialist. He deployed multiple times to countries in South America, and twice to Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star two times for meritorious service in combat.
Roger was Honorably Discharged in May of 2011. During his eight years of service, he was awarded the Bronze Star (w/ Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal (w/ Oak Leaf Cluster), the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/ two campaign stars), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Special Forces Tab, and the Parachutists Badge.
Tommy Furlong is a 2007 graduate of Berklee College of Music. Following his college graduation in 2007, Furlong was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.
In October of 2008, he graduated from The Basic School and Infantry Officer School and was assigned to 3rd Battalion 6th Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While with the 3rd Battalion 6th Marines, Furlong deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a Fire Support Team Leader (JTAC), Weapons Platoon Commander and Rifle Platoon Commander.
While in Afghanistan, Furlong was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor for his service in combat. In 2011, Furlong was Honorably Discharged from active duty service.
Bob Davis has recently retired from the Army Reserves, where he worked as a member of the 883rd Medical Company Combat Stress Control Unit based in Boston and the 804th Medical Brigade at Devens.
He served two tours of duty in Iraq, during which he was awarded the Bronze Star, two Army Commendation Medals, Combat Action Badge, and Combat Medical Badge for his service.
Bob utilized his GI Bill benefits and recently completed his bachelors degree in Fire Science Management from American Military University. When not at the Home Base Program, Bob works as a professional firefighter in the city of Newton, Massachusetts.
Jacque Francona has been involved with the Home Base Program since its inception in 2009 and joined the staff as a member of the Family Outreach Team in August 2012.
Francona is a military-connected mother of four—one son and three daughters. Her oldest daughter is the proud and ever-concerned sister of three military siblings. Jacque’s son served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 with 3rd Battalion/4th Marines. Her son-in-law is a Captain in U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He deployed to Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2011-2012 with 1st Battalion/6th Marines. Jacque’s youngest daughter is a Youngster at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.
Jacque has been an integral part of the Family Outreach team and has facilitated key partnerships with MA nursing students, Blue Star Mothers, school educators, the MA National Guard Family Program and MA Operation Military Kids.
Jacque received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arizona 1982 and practiced in the medical surgical and home health fields before devoting herself full time to raising her family. She serves on the women’s leadership committee for the Brookline Community Mental Health Center and is a board member for Kid’s Clothes Club.
Armando Hernandez is a 2014 graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. While at FGCU he attained a highly coveted internship with the Boston Red Sox.
Prior to his education, Armando served in the United States Marine Corps. He enlisted right from high school, completing basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. In 2005 Armando deployed to Fallujah, Iraq as an Engineer Equipment Operator with Combat Logistic Battalion 8. There, he was selected for a Combat Meritorious Promotion to the rank of Corporal and awarded a Meritorious Mast for his role in the construction of five entry check points and nine forward operating bases.
During his enlistment, Armando was also promoted the rank of Sergeant. His awards and decorations include the Iraqi Campaign Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Certificate of Commendation, Certificate of Appreciation, and a Green Belt in Marine Corps Martial Arts.
Armando oversees and conducts the Health and Fitness Challenge initiatives for Southwest Florida and New England.
First Lieutenant Laura Lakin, is a member of the Massachusetts National Guard. Laura has been in the MA National Guard since 2007, where she worked as a State Resilience Coordinator. In this role she developed Resilience and Suicide Prevention programs and materials, planned, organized, and executed state wide training events and initiated and maintained community partnerships that benefited National Guardsmen and women.
Laura deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2011 as an Operations Officer. She received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal for her service.
Laura received her Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Drew University and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Social Work at Boston University.
Sergeant First Class Felicia Pinckney is a member of the Massachusetts National Guard. She has spent a total of 14 years in the United States Army including six years of active duty. As a member of the MA Army National Guard, Felicia has served in a variety of assignments, including: Operations NCO, Readiness NCO and Training NCO. Chief among her positions was that of Executive Non-Commissioned Officer where her primary focus was and continues to be Soldier welfare.
Felicia served a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2005. Although positioned in Kandahar Province, as a member of the 101st Finance Detachment under the Southern European Task Force, she traveled extensively throughout the Afghan Region. Following her deployment, she was awarded the Combat Action Badge and an Army Commendation Medal.
Prior to her military service, Felicia was a Milieu Counselor at Children’s Hospital Boston. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston and has her Bachelors degree in Psychology. She was the first member of her family to obtain a bachelors degree by utilizing her GI Bill Benefits.
Travis Weiner is a 2012 graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies. Prior to his education at UMass, Travis served overseas with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Travis enlisted in the Army after he graduated high school in 2004. After Basic and Infantry Training, he was assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He completed Air Assault School training in 2005, and deployed during 2005-2006 to an area southwest of Baghdad. Travis deployed again to Iraq during 2007-2008, serving first as a Company Radio Telephone Operator (RTO), and then as a Fire Team Leader, south of Iskandariyah. Travis was Honorably Discharged from the Army in 2012, and enrolled at UMass Boston, using the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
During his years of military service, Travis received The Purple Heart Medal, The Army Commendation Medal (w/bronze oak leaf cluster), The Army Good Conduct Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Iraqi Campaign Medal (2nd award), The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), The Army Service Ribbon, the Air Assault Badge, the Combat Infantrymans Badge, and the Army Combatives Level 2 Certification.
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