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Celest H Blocker Jr.

My name is Celest H Blocker Jr., born July 6, 1951.  I was born in Atlantic City Hospital to Delores and Henry Blocker. I have six sisters and two brothers. As a child growing up I was raised in South Egg Harbor City. I attended South Egg Harbor Elementary School and Oakcrest High School, where I graduated in 1970.  I also attended Atlantic County Community College for two years before I went into the United States Army in 1973.   I served two terms in the Army, active and the rest was reserve.  During my military career I was married twice, I have six children.  After I had been discharged from active duty I worked in Atlantic City at Resorts Casino Warehouse as the shop steward for fourteen years.  I then retired as a 100% disabled veteran in 2003.  I then moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina where this has been my home every since.


Thomas Lovelace (Love Dr)

Thomas Lovelace (Love Dr) was born in Danville, Virgina and raised in Mount Vernon, New York. After being educated at Winston-Salem State University, he enjoyed a successful career in the United States Air Force. Thomas and Jayna have a lovey daughter, Cevere, who is 41 years old. His hobbies are Golfing and riding his Motorcycle.


Aubrey R. Smith Jr.

I was born August 2, 1970 in Knoxville Tennessee to Mrs. Debra L. Smith and Mr. Aubrey R. Smith Sr. I am the oldest of four children, I’m currently serving in the United States Army as an 88M with the 82nd Airborne Division 3rd Brigade.  I’ve served 9 years in the U.S Army Reserves as a combat engineer, a 88M Heavy Vehicle Operator, 12G Quarry site Specialist, and 63G Fuel and Electrical System Repairman. Faithfully continuing my military career in 2007 I became Active Duty with the XVIII Airborne Corps in Fort Bragg NC. I ‘m married to the beautiful and devoted Tara L. Smith, Tara’s prior service and served as a 92G for 9 years. We married on the 21st of November 2010; we shared four wonderful children together Allen, Brennon, Briyunna, and Dionne. I have deployed twice to Iraq, my first deployment was with 655th Trans, Co, Millington TN, as a fuel hauler, running fuel missions and fuel drops where ever needed.  This was a 14 month deployment in 2004-2005. After becoming Active Duty with the XVIII Airborne Corps in 2007, I was deployed once again, almost instantly (2008-2009), as a Rhino Bus Driver, and MRAP crew chief, running missions to BIOP, and the Green Zone. After my tour, I reported back to Fort Bragg briefly before receiving orders to Camp Hovey Korea, and served 2 years with 2ID 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, as a Squad leader, and Master Driver Trainer.  My hobbies include Hunting, fishing, Traveling, custom cars, and riding motorcycles. I am a member of the Transportation Logistician Association. I’m also a member of Kappa Lambda Chi Military Fraternity Inc, NC Delta Chapter Beta line, and a proud member of the Buffalo Soldiers MC NC.  Before my Active duty military career began I ran team long haul operations as a truck driver with my father Aubrey R Smith Sr. for about four years, when 9/11 called all reservist to serve, and without any hesitation 655th Trans Co, pulled me from my job, and family, to Ft Campbell  Ky, to train for a 14 month deployment Iraq. I was proud to serve then, and it is just as honorable now to serve and carry on a legacy as a Buffalo Soldier.




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