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99.1 WQIK Salute of the Week Winners!

99.1 WQIK Salute of the Week Winners!

99.1 WQIK want s to give a big Thank you for your service and Congrats to this week's winners!
 
Week 1: Elliott Damon, submitted by Christina Nicklo
Elliott has won a $50 gift card to Boot Barn Formerly RCC Western Store!

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Elliott, Petty Officer Third Class, in the United States Navy. He is one of the most patriotic men I\'ve ever known. He has been in the Navy for 2 years now and works hard day in and day out on his ship, USS O\'Kane. He\'s been on 1 deployment so far with more in the future. He is a leader among his fellow shipmates in many ways and has been awarded the Honor Man Award during his training for outstanding performance and leadership. He\'s always telling me that he wants to learn more and do more so he can really do his part for our country and make a difference. He\'ll soon be stationed in Virginia Beach where he\'ll train to be a Riverine, a very demanding job. In his time off he loves the country bar on base. He\'s been wanting a pair of cowboy boots to go along side his work boots for a while and I think this would be the perfect gift to show him, my boyfriend of three years that I\'m proud of him and all he is accomplishing! Hooyah!
 
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Week 2: LCpL Kevin Jeffords and Maj (Ret) Robert Cote, submitted by: Katelyne Cote
Kevin and Ret won a $50 gift card to Boot Barn Formerly RCC Western Store!

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I am nominating the two most important men in my life: my boyfriend, LCpl Kevin Jeffords and my dad, Major(Retired) Robert Cote. These exemplify exactly what the Marine Corps is all about. Their dedication to the Corps is truly extraoridinary. They are two hardest working individuals I know and deserve to be recognized. They are disciplined, bring honor to their nation, and are the two most committed people to not only the Marine Corps, but to their families. The true patriotism and heroism they illustrate with what every American should strive for. I am so proud and blessed that they are apart of my life.

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Week 3: Charles B.(Chucky) Submitted by Angelica Hagood
He has won a Dickey's Barbecue Pit $25 gift card
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'My Uncle Chucky deserves to win because he has completely transformed into a well respected Military Man. At one point in his life, it was all about partying, drinking and having a good time. As he became older and realized his Mother was struggling, he took it upon himself to leave for the Military to better himself and support her financially. We miss him Dearly, but I know he is doing this to better himself, and to bring happiness to him Mom. She is proud and we miss him each and everyday. '

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Week 4: Paul S. Submitted by Nicole J.
Paul won a $50 gift card to Boot Barn Formerly RCC Western Store!

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This photo was taken right after my husband got to meet our son for the first time. He of course was deployed during majority of the pregnancy, the birth, and first 5 months of his life. To put it simply on why he deserves this, he is an amazing father, great provider, loving husband, and most of all our hero. This gift card is also very fitting for him because when he isn?t in his combat boots he can be found in his cowboy boots! :)

Week 4: Keith D. from Jacksonville
 
Keith is a Military Working Dog Handler and had been in The Navy since 2006. Keith and his MWD search for explosives or drugs  keeping the lives of everyone on the bases that they are stationed or deployed to.  Keith also volunteers with Special Olympics in his off time and has the position of Competitions Director for Duval county.

He has won a Dickey's Barbecue Pit $25 gift card
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Week 4: Dennis from Jacksonville
Submitted by: Ann S
 
Dennis who also goes by DJ deserves to win because he is a hard worker, a great person and a wonderful father.  He just had his 7th year anniversary of being in the Navy as a Submariner and has moved up in rank a lot faster than most.  He\'s served his country by going \"underway\" as they call it for submariners when they deploy, many times which has caused him to be away frequently from his adorable sons pictured with him.  DJ deserves to win because he has sacrificed time with his family to fearlessly serve and protect our Country.  He\'s an amazing man who deserves to be honored.

He has won a Dickey's Barbecue Pit $25 gift card
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Week 5: Steve S from Jacksonville
Submitted by: Leslie H

Read the submisson below!


 
Steve, Petty Officer Second Class, Aircraft Mechanic, in the United States Navy. Steve was active Navy for 6 years and has now been the Navy Reserves for 4 years. He is currently deployed in Afghanistan he has 16 days until is year tour is over and he can come home! He is my rock!  I?m so proud of him and I cannot wait until he is safe at home!  In addition to his current deployment, he has spent months at sea. He always puts his country and his fellow sailors? needs first before his own.  Steve deserves to be recognized because he is the most selfless and humble man I know. He is a natural born leader, always working hard, rarely complaining and always dependable. I love him more every day for the sacrifices he has made for our little family! Please pick him so that I may show him just a small token of my appreciation!

He has won a Dickey's Barbecue Pit $25 gift card
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Week 6: Nathanial A from Jacksonville
Submitted by: Kayla B

Read the submisson below!

My daddy has served this great country for almost 20 years and is still currently serving in the Navy we are all very proud of him and we love him very much.



He has won a Dickey's Barbecue Pit $25 gift card
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Week 7: Sual A from Jacksonville
Submitted by: Amber M

Read the submisson below!

My brother has been my hero for almost all my life, He is an officer and captain in the army. He has gone to Iraq twice,is going to afghanistan in about a month. He has been to Bosnia and Germany. He has been in since he was 18 and he is now 35. He protects his family and friends with his life. If i could i would be in the army to just to see him more and fight for our country. he has his masters degree and is working on his doctors!! He is over all just a hero and brother,son,husband,father, and i think he desevers this. I love you brother.

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He has won a Dickey's Barbecue Pit $25 gift card
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Week 8: Britney from Jacksonville
Submitted by: Jim S

Read the submisson below!

She is 23 years old and is over in Afghanistan serving her first deployment.  She is an outstanding soldier and has been recognized for her accomplishments.  She is just one of many that deserve this shout out, because Freedom is not Free and she is one of many defending our Freedom.

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She has won a Dickey's Barbecue Pit $25 gift card
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Week 9: Ryan from Jacksonville
Submitted by: Ashley Lueders

Read the submisson below!
 
My cousin, Ryan, went into the marines to be a sniper about a year and a half ago. While he was in Afghanistan his platoon ran over an IED while in a convoy with his fellow marines. Unfortunately most of the men with him did not survive the explosion, but Ryan did. He was flown to Germany for treatment and then flown to Washington DC  where the military flew his wife and immediate family to see him while he was recuperating. Now he walks with a can and is home with his wife with our family. He is an inspiration to all of us as to how strong he and our whole family is. We all love him very much and think he deserves this.



He has won a Dickey's Barbecue Pit $25 gift card
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Week 10: John from Jacksonville
Submitted by: His Girlfriend Tiffany



Read the submisson below!

 My boyfriend John is an amazing man, he made Chief in the Untied States Navy in September of last year and has become an amazing leader to his men.  Upon balancing our home life, pets, and starting a family he maintains a great relationship with all of his men is constantly having their well being and best interest at heart.  I am so proud of him, and believe he deserves to win due to his undisputed loyalty to this country and recognized contributions to his division.  He\'s my hero, win or lose.

He has won a Dickey's Barbecue Pit $25 gift card
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