Honoring Our Veterans

At a special luncheon May 22, TECO honored the military veterans who have courageously served our country and Thermal Energy Corporation in Houston through the decades. Dozens of TECO employees attended the ceremony that included special remarks from veteran and TECO board alternate William (Wes) Stewart from UTHealth, the unveiling of a commemorative veterans plaque, and bugler and veteran Jason Browne who played “Taps.”

Stewart, who is a U.S. Army Master Sergeant (Ret.) and vice president of Facilities Planning and Engineering at UTHealth, thanked TECO’s military veterans for their service and highlighted the valuable leadership and other skill sets that veterans bring to their civilian careers.

TECO’s Steve Swinson then unveiled a plaque that lists each veteran from TECO along with his military branch and years of service. In addition to 28 former employees, the plaque includes 10 veterans currently on staff:

  • U.S. Navy: Craig Acree, Jason Berrio, Kerry Fischer, Joey Garcia, Tong Sahnon, Shane Williams
  • U.S. Marine Corps: Jackson Fey, Kelly Powell
  • U.S. Army: Corey Hubbell
  • U.S. Coast Guard: Thomas McDonald

Our past and present veterans represent more than 125 years of loyal and dedicated military service. All veterans received a Patriot tumbler as a token of TECO’s appreciation. The plaque’s production was coordinated by veteran Richard Floyd from Halo Branded Solutions. It will hang in TECO’s lobby.

TECO’s Phyllis Sousley and her kitchen team members Manuel Gamez, Marsha Ackman, and Tim Reardon were in charge of the event’s food, setup and decorations. They were assisted by TECO’s summer interns Haley Ackman, Danny Tapp, Kaleb Ricks, Charlie Geyer, Enrique Cordova and Lamaiya McInnis.

TECO thanks Wes Stewart, Jason Browne from Houston Taps Buglers for Veterans, and our event volunteers for making the day a special one.

And thank you, military veterans, past and present. We continue to benefit daily from your expertise, leadership and shining example.

May 2019

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