Shannon Drichta, Alex Brown and John Nixon

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Veteran/Military Spouse

Shannon Drichta, originally from Haviland, Kansas, is a graduate of John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate/Community Wellness. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.

She began her military service by enrolling in Air Force ROTC at the University of Arkansas and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 2000. Shannon served 5 years on active duty, then 3 additional years in the Air Force Reserve with duties spanning the Services career field. Her positions included Mortuary Affairs, Honor Guard Officer in Charge, Noncombatant Evacuation Planning, Protocol, and Wing Executive Officer.

Navy Medicine Training Support Center leaders

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Commanding Officer
Navy Medicine Training Support Center

A native of West Springfield, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Philipsburg State General Hospital School of Nursing, Captain Smith received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from The Pennsylvania State University in 1996, and subsequently her Master of Science degree in Nursing with a focus on Adult/Older Adult Health in 2002 from The Pennsylvania State University. CAPT Smith was commissioned an Ensign in the Naval Reserve, May 1986.

Sig Christenson and Brent Boller

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Senior Reporter
San Antonio Express-News

Sig Christenson is a senior writer covering the military for the San Antonio Express-News, with more than 2,700 stories in print during his 16 years at the paper. Christenson’s projects at the Express-News include “Witness to War,” a special section recounting the invasion and early occupation of Iraq, “The Only Retreat,” a three-part series detailing the sole U.S. defeat during the Iraq invasion, and a number of stories on soldier and family stress resulting from repeated deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

His work includes the ongoing military sexual assault scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, and the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood and subsequent legal proceedings for the accused gunman, Maj. Nidal Hasan. Christenson was embedded with the 3rd Infantry Division during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and has been to Baghdad and Afghanistan seven times since. He has previously traveled on reporting assignments to Honduras, South Korea, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, Italy, Germany, France and England, as well as Kuwait, Dubai and Qatar.

BMC Mario Velasquez and Captain Steve Brown

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U.S. Navy

Captain Steve Brown entered the U.S. Naval Academy from Ohio in 1985. He graduated with distinction in 1989, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in History with Honors. In 1989, he attended the University of Maryland under the Voluntary Graduate Education Program and earned a Master of Arts degree in U.S. History. He was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2006. Following nuclear propulsion and basic submarine training, he served as Sonar Officer and Damage Control Assistant on USS NARWHAL (SSN 671) from 1991 to 1994. While onboard, he completed a refueling overhaul and a Mediterranean deployment.

Major General Michael Keltz

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19th Air Force

Maj. Gen. Michael A. Keltz is Commander, 19th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio–Randolph, Texas. The 19th Air Force trains more than 30,000 U.S. and allied students annually. The training ranges from entry-level undergraduate flying training through advanced combat crew training, and ultimately provides fully qualified aircrew personnel to the warfighting commands.

Colonel Chad Raduege

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Colonel Chad Raduege
690th Cyberspace Operations Group

Colonel Chad Raduege is the Commander, 690th Cyberspace Operations Group, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. As commander, he directs nearly 2,200 group personnel to deliver integrated network operations for the United States Air Force through the 67th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force, and United States Cyber Command. The group operates and maintains command, control, communications, and computer systems in support and defense of the Air Force Information Network. The group also provides secure network services for all units at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, operates the Air Force’s Mission Support Center and the Air Force Information Network Mission Assurance Center, and executes Enterprise Service Desk support for all Air Force network users.

5th Anniversary Show

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Join us for a special Valentine’s Day show as we mark five years of Military City USA Radio broadcasts! We’ll have a number of friends and guests from past shows to help celebrate this milestone, including:


Phil Reidinger
Brent Boller
Ollie Crawford
Capt. Gail Hathaway (USN-ret.) and executive director, Workforce Solutions Alamo
James Holland, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
Carroll Schubert, PCSI Inc.
Bob Laymon
Dennis Lundquist
and more!