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Thanking our Veterans

LaForce is proud to have numerous employees who currently are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

John Knier – U.S. Army: 5 years

John attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY and served as an officer in the Army from 1986 – 1991 at Fort Benning, GA; Fort Sill, OK; Camp Howze, South Korea; and Fort Carson, CO.

Attending West Point and serving in the U.S. Army taught John about professionalism and leadership. The time taught him that a professional is someone who does what they are supposed to do, when are supposed to do it – regardless if they want to or not and the focus of “do the harder right over the easier wrong.” Over the years this is something John applies as Vice President at LaForce.

I feel like I take some things for granted day to day. I get upset when my Netflix isn't working. Maybe you can relate? Then I think about the 9/11 attacks.  That was 16 years ago. Since then over 5,000 U.S. military personnel have died and many more seriously wounded trying to keep us all safe.”

To John, Veterans Day is a time to pause and give thanks to the U.S. service members of past and present while putting life into perspective.

Today, John serves as Vice President at LaForce with 21 years with the company.

Danielle Sternberg – Wisconsin Army National Guard: 6 years

Danielle joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 2011, after two years of training she became a Second Lieutenant, Ordnance Officer. She served in a maintenance unit, specializing in the maintenance and repairs of equipment including military vehicles, computers, radios, and weapon systems.

“No matter where we came from or what our background was, we were like family when we were together.”

 Serving in the Wisconsin Army National Guard taught Danielle about compassion and trust in leadership. She has created bonds with people from various backgrounds and built her personal confidence while briefing senior officers.

To Danielle, Veteran’s Day is not about what she has done. To her, Veteran’s Day is a time to thank the service members who were called to uphold their oath to the country and sacrifice what others take for granted. It is about understanding the opportunities citizens have in this country, and recognizing the people who have ensured that opportunities remain.

Danielle works in our Appleton office as a Staff Accountant and has worked at LaForce for a year.

Brian Walker – Iowa Army National Guard: 9 years

Brian enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard when he was 17 years old. He completed basic training at Fort Benning, GA and trained as a logistics specialist at Fort Bliss, TX. Three months later after completing training he was deployed to Iraq in 2003. After completing his first deployment, Brian went to college and did ROTC, before going to Officer Candidate School where he graduated with honors. He was deployed a second time to Iraq in 2008 as an E5 Sergeant and received honorable discharged in 2010.

Serving in the military has shaped Brian as a person, one thing that sticks out is learning confidence, even if you have to fake it. According to Brian when he was in charge of a unit “faking” confidence helped to instill actual confidence along with his ability. His operations taught him to work well both individually and as a team, something he utilizes daily at LaForce.

“If you are put in charge, people need to believe you know what you are doing – otherwise the entire operation will fall apart.”

To Brian, Veterans Day is a day to remember his brothers and sisters in arms and a reminder to reach out to them.

Today, Brian works as a Hardware Pricing Analyst and has been with the company for five years.