Corporal Hyunjoon (Joon) Choi has served on active duty in the US Army since 2018. He is as a Behavioral Health Specialist attached to 1st Medical Brigade in Fort Hood, Texas. He also volunteers as a Research Assistant at The STRONG STAR (South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience), an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research consortium focused on the detection, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions in military personnel and veterans.
CPL Choi was born in South Korea, immigrated to the U.S. in 2001, and grew up in Long Beach, California. Before he decided to pursue a career in medicine, he studied Christian education at West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, California. He graduated with his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Religious Education in 2011.
CPL Choi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Chapman University in 2017, and is pursuing a career in medicine.
Sergeant Geony Yoo is a Behavioral Health Technician in the United States Army. Sergeant Yoo graduated from Basic Combat Training from Fort Sill, OK in December, 2018 and graduated from his Advanced Individual Training (AIT) for the MOS 68X Behavioral Health Technician in May, 2019.
Sergeant Yoo has been stationed in Fort Hood, TX with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team (3ABCT) of the 1st Cavalry Division. During his time with his unit, Sergeant Yoo deployed to South Korea for a 9-month rotation - serving soldiers from both his organic unit and 2nd Infantry Division, the main U.S. Army force stationed in South Korea. After he returned to Fort Hood in 2020, Sergeant Yoo continued to serve soldiers with behavioral health problems at an outpatient behavioral health clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic. After his promotion to a Non-Commissioned Officer in March, 2021, Sergeant Yoo has been working as the Behavioral Health Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of 3ABCT, tasked with managing the behavioral health care of 4300+ soldiers in his unit.
Originally from South Korea, Sergeant Yoo moved to the United States, at age 12, to Lynchburg, VA. He completed middle and high school in Lynchburg, VA, before heading to Dallas, TX, where he enlisted into the US Army.
Sergeant Yoo has completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas, and is currently pursuing a career in medicine.
Jacob Morris is a 1LT and serves as an Infantry Officer the United States Army. He earned his BA in International Studies with emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa from his hometown Bradley University in 2019. He was offered the opportunity to study a semester abroad in Morocco in the Fall of 2018. During his time at Bradley he was a Cadet in the Army ROTC program and upon graduating commissioned.
First Lieutenant Morris was born in Peoria Illinois, moved several times as a child but returned to Peoria to finish his high school and College education.
Jacob has been serving as an Infantry Officer for two and a hald years. His time started at Fort Benning GA, where he attended both Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course (IBOLC) and Airborne School. He then was stationed at JRTC & Fort Polk where he was both an Assistant Staff Officer and a Rifle Platoon Leader with the 1-509th Airborne Infantry Regiment or better known as “Geronimo”. His unit was the OPFOR for the Joint Readiness Training Center. 1LT Morris then PCS back to Ft. Benning where he serves as a Platoon Leader at the Infantry Schools One Station Unit Training (OSUT) on Sandhill. Where he works directly with Drill Sergeants to mentor and train Initial entry 11B soldiers.
In addition to being accepted into the OMAC Skillbridge Program, First Lieutenant Morris has hopes to participate in University of Chicago's Graduate Student At-Large (GSAL) program and the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) with concentration in cinema and media studies. With hopes to further pursue the Cinema and Media Studies PhD.
Lieutenant Commander Alison Hoyt has served in the United States Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps for nearly 20 years. Working with operational commands ashore and afloat, she has served in seven countries on four continents, including three deployments. With a specialty in National Security Law, she has broad experience in international law, domestic policy, and military plans and strategy.
In addition to her military service, Lieutenant Commander Hoyt is an avid animal lover, volunteering in shelters wherever she’s stationed, and is a small private business owner.
She has a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from University of California at Santa Cruz, a Juris Doctor (JD) with a certificate in Environmental Law from Tulane Law School, and a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law from University of San Diego.
TSgt Chelsen Kincade-Jackson served ten years active duty in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from High School in 2012, after which he joined the Air Force with Travis AFB, CA being his first duty station. During his time there, he amassed a range of management, financial, and customer service skills. He spent over a year and a half of his career deployed in places like, Abu-Dhabi, Afghanistan, and did a two year short tour in South Korea. He was directly involved in the first short-range strike mission of the F-22 in combat operations in Afghanistan.
Chelsen has been coined twice by the current Chief of Staff of the Air Force for recognition of meritorious service during a visit to Osan AFB, ROK and for his selection for the General’s sponsored leadership course at Hickam AFB, HI. He has also received the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Chelsen earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration while on active duty from the University of Arizona. He is currently working toward obtaining his Masters Degree In Business Administration from the same university and expected to complete in March 2023. He is currently exploring PhD programs in Chicago.
Major Eric B. Prosser is an officer and pilot in the United States Air Force. He has served in numerous assignments, all over the world, leading people and teams to solve complex security problems on behalf of the United States government. Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Wright State University and a Master of Arts in Intelligence Studies from American Military University.
A 2011 graduate of Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (JSUPT), Eric has gone on to fly in numerous manned and unmanned aircraft over his career. Eric is an experienced instructor and evaluator and has accumulated over 2500 flight hours, including over 1000 combat hours leading and planning missions over the skies of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
In addition to his successes as a pilot, Eric has been an accomplished leader and staff officer. He has an extensive background in strategy, logistics, air transport infrastructure and fielding new technology. Some highlights of Eric’s career are the fielding of new remote operation capabilities in support of US interests on the Korean peninsula, and the development and implementation of advanced international relations training for US delegates to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Eric has enjoyed using his passion, experience and education in foreign culture to extensively travel the world. He currently lives in Heinsberg, Germany and is in the process of relocating with his wife and son to begin a new life, post military, in Chicago, Illinois.
Corporal Steven Grant Solorio has served in the United States Marine Corps for four and a half years. He graduated the Marine Corps’ Basic Electronics Course in 2019 and moved into the maintenance section for Marine Corps Communications Electronics School (MCES). At MCES, he spent the next few years diagnosing and repairing radios, and other electronic assets at the circuit card level. He was quickly promoted to Corporal after being named Marine of the Quarter and performing extensive diagnostic work on the newly fielded AN/TS. In 2020 he attended the Combat Hunter course at Camp Pendleton, where he became a certified instructor in various skills including threat detection, human tracking, and evasion.
Grant is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University. His hobbies include hiking, backpacking, aqua scaping, and driving. He has plans to pursue a graduate program in chemical engineering and biomimicry.
Grant currently lives in Twentynine Palms, California. He has lived in California his whole life and is excited to experience a new state and start the next phase of his life in Chicago.
Petty Officer Raven Edgeworth-Smith has served in the United States Navy for over 12 years since graduating high school in Chicago, IL. She earned many logistical, supply and management occupational skills. Her first tour was Misawa Japan where she supported the US Navy's 7th fleet in ordering, managing, and allocating supplies and materials.
Raven was part of the inaugural crew who commissioned the First In Class Aircraft Carrier, the USS Gerald R Ford. Her tasks included testing for operational readiness, including readiness of the ship's nuclear reactor and capabilities.
In addition to her work in supply and logistics, Raven served several years as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, ensuring information, resources, and ongoing non-clinical support for victims of sexual assault.
She has a Bachelors Degree in Healthcare Administration from Saint Leo University, and is currently pursing her Graduate degree in Supply Chain Management from Liberty University.
COL Antwine Williams-Smith has served over twenty-five years in the U.S. Army as a career Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Officer. She started her career as an enlisted Soldier in the Quartermaster Corps and was later commissioned as an officer in the Military Intelligence (MI) Corps. She graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in December 1993 with a B.A. in History and earned an MBA with a concentration in Finance from DePaul University in May 2000. She graduated from the Air War College in May 2019 with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.
She is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where she served as the Brigade Intelligence Officer for the 32nd Transportation Group in theater from March 2003 to March 2004. She has also served with the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), the 100th Division (Training), the U.S. Army Cadet Command (ROTC), the Military Intelligence Readiness Command (MIRC), the 416th Theater Engineer Command (TEC) and with the Inspector General, Department of the Army. Her duty positions include: Assistant S2 Division Artillery (DIVARTY), MI Platoon Leader, MI Battalion Logistics Officer, Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, Brigade Intelligence Officer, Deputy G2, Inspector General and Army Reserve Intelligence Support Center (ARISC) Commander. COL Williams-Smith currently serves as the Command Inspector General at the 63d Readiness Division in Mountain View, CA. Her decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, and Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
COL Williams-Smith has been married for 25 years and has one son.
Petty Officer Lee Yanessa Orta García has served in the United States Navy for over 4 years. Before joining the Navy, she earned her B.A. in Secondary Education- Social Science at the University of Puerto Rico and completed her MA and PhD in History, specializing in the History of America, at the Interamerican University in Puerto Rico.
After teaching education for 13 years, she enlisted in the Navy as a Quarter Master, specializing in navigation. She served onboard USS Port Royal CG-73 at Pearl Harbor, HI from January 2019 to November 2020, where she supported the ship in its undocking milestone and the ship’s light off assessment. She served onboard USS Preble DDG-88 from March 2020 to June 2020 for it’s 4th Fleet Deployment, where she earned her qualifications and supported the ship’s counter drug operations. She transferred to Assault Craft Unit 1, Coronado, CA in November 2020 and is now assigned to Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF). She supports her command organizing and plotting charts used for training exercises and operations in California, Guam and Albania.
Petty Officer Orta Garcia is married and is a mother to a beautiful 1-year-old boy.