Veterans Day carries special meaning for Jon Minnberg. He’s a student-veteran at OCC who spent 16-and-a-half years in the United States Air Force. “It’s a day to remember what the country stands for and the principals and values that my combat brothers and sisters paid the ultimate sacrifice for. They stood up for the freedom of speech and the right to vote. Their sacrifices allow our country to be what it is today.”
Minnberg grew up in the Chicago suburb of Mount Prospect, Illinois, graduated from high school in 1996 and enlisted in the Air Force one year later. He became a Technical Sergeant and worked as an Integrated Flight Control System Craftsman. His service included time spent in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was honorably discharged in April 2014.
Minnberg and his wife, Michelle wanted to live somewhere between his family (Chicago area) and her family (Boston area). They started in Erie, Pennsylvania and wound up in Syracuse where they are raising their 3-and-a-half year old son, Alexander.
Minnberg is a Computer Information Systems major whose goal is a career which allows him to give back to fellow Veterans. “Once you’re part of a big family you don’t want to leave it. I want to work within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to help Veterans.”
Minnberg is also giving back on campus where he is a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and the chapter’s Vice President of Scholarship. He serves as a mentor in the Scholar to Scholar program, helping students in danger of dropping out of college. “We want to give them a lifeline and let them know, ‘We’re here and we know what you’re going through.’”
OCC thanks Jon Minnberg and all of the Veterans in our campus community for their service to our country. When you see a Veteran, thank a Veteran.