Lisa Jendry, of the Oglala Oyate, is a U.S. Army veteran who served eight years as a photojournalist and public affairs specialist. She served at multiple duty stations throughout her enlistment including Ft. Hood Texas, where she served with the 1st Cavalry Division, 13th Corps Support Command and III Corps Headquarters Public Affairs Offices. She went on to serve as an editor and photojournalist with the 8th U.S. Army Public Affairs Office in Yongsan, South Korea.
She then served as a public affairs noncommissioned officer with the 11th Signal Brigade at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. Jendry also deployed for 12 months as an individual augmentee with Multi-National Force- Iraq as a Media Monitoring and Assessments NCO with Strategic Communications and Strategic Affects. She also served as the NCOIC of Media Credentialing and Biometric Screening for the Combined Press Information Center, Baghdad, Iraq.
Jendry is a member of the Wild Horse Butte Tokala Intertribal Honor/Color Guard as well as the American Legion Post 22 Honor/Color Guard. She is the proud mother of one son, Rickey Jendry, who is a Mechanical Engineering student at South Dakota Mines and who serves as a Black Hawk helicopter crew chief with the South Dakota National Guard. Lisa serves as Secretary of the Black Hills War Monument Association.
Zaida Salinas served in the United Sates Marine Corps from 1981-1985, during the Granada conflict. She currently works for the federal government in the Black Hills area. She currently serves as the Treasurer of the BHWMA.
Derek Flom served in the US Air Force, spending 12 years at Ellsworth AFB performing B1B aircraft maintenance. During his 20 year career he served at bases in England, Texas and Oklahoma, and was also deployed numerous times. Upon retirement from the military, he returned to South Dakota and now serves as the Veterans Resource Center Director at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, where he helps students who served in the military in their pursuit of a South Dakota Mines degree. Derek serves as staff advisor in the Veterans Club. Derek serves as Vice President of the BHWMA.
Edward Manzano joined the USAF in Oct 1973, serving first as an enlisted medical technician, then receiving a commission as an officer and Navigator/EWO rating as an aircrew member in Strategic Air Command. He served on B52G bombers from 1983-87 and then was selected for the first squadron of B-1B bombers at the 37th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, SD, serving from 1987-1992. He completed 25 years active service at Nellis AFB NV as Program Manager at Tonopah Test Range, NV. He lives with Cherie, his wife of 31 years, and their family in Rapid City. Edward serves as President of the BHWMA.
Betty I (Mudlin) Lewis is a Gold Star mother. She has lived in Rapid City since 1969 and worked 21 years at Rapid City Regional Hospital before retiring in 2013. She is the proud mother of two sons. Her oldest son, SSgt Lex Lee Lewis, served in the US Navy, the US Army, and the SD National Guard. SSgt Lewis was killed in action on July 15, 2011 in the Farah province of Afghanistan. Her second son is Franklin P. McCormick, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Both of her sons were born and raised in Rapid City. Betty’s favorite hobby is spending time with her family and friends. Betty serves as Civilian Advisor on the Board of the BHWMA.
Clayton Heib was born April 4, 1941 and was raised in LaMound, ND. He joined the Navy in 1958 and served at Danang, Vietnam from 1965-66, and was discharged as an E-6 with a 100% disability rating. After retirement, Clayton also worked in the US Post Office from 1969-1997, and is still married to his wife Peggy, has three grown daughters, two granddaughters, one great grandson and one great granddaughter. Clayton serves as a Military Advisory Board Member of the BHWMA.
Weldon Travis Lassetter is a retired USAF MSgt who served his nation with honor for 21 years. His service includes combat time in the Iraq War. He received the Meritorious Service Medal and Armed Forces Service Medal for his distinguished service during the Kosovo and former Yugoslavia conflicts. He lives with this family on a ranch in New Underwood, SD and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Black Hills Pregnancy Center. He also currently serves as County Commissioner for District 4 in Pennington County. Travis serves as a Military Advisory Board Member of the BHWMA.
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