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NV Energy and the Las Vegas Raiders are joining forces to honor our Military Heroes at every Raiders home game.

With the shared values of commitment to excellence, teamwork, positive attitude and community service, NV Energy is proud to partner with the Las Vegas Raiders in our inaugural Seats For Soldiers program.

Our goal is simple: To show our appreciation for and to honor Nevada military and veteran service personnel by selecting 20 individuals who will each receive two tickets to one of the Las Vegas Raiders' ten home games at Allegiant Stadium for the 2021 NFL season.

2021 Military Heroes

Jacob Tucco, nominated by Nevada Test and Training Range

Jacob Tucco, nominated by Nevada Test and Training Range

Raiders vs. Eagles, Week 7
Staff Sergeant Jacob Tucco enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 2016 as a Surveillance Technician and Interface Control Technician at Aviano AB, Italy. During his assignment, he was deployed to United Arab Emirates in support of Operation Resolute Support, Combined Defense of the Arabian Gulf, and Operation Inherent Resolve. In 2021, he moved to Nellis AFB, Nevada as the Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of the Interface Control Branch.

Tucco is a Joint Interface Control Cell Watch Officer for the Nevada Test and Training Range responsible for the planning and management of the Department of Defense's robust tactical data link infrastructure.

 Tucco has been awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long Tour, and Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon.

Michael Romanowski, nominated by Nevada Paralyzed Veterans of America

Michael Romanowski, nominated by Nevada Paralyzed Veterans of America

Raiders vs. Eagles, Week 7
Michael Romanowski served in the U.S. Air Force from 1994-1998 as a Military Police Officer. Since 2018, he has worked at the Mob Museum in various capacities, most recently as a training officer in the Firearms Training Simulator serving as the experience facilitator and guide.

Romanowski established a nonprofit supporting the only wheelchair basketball team in Nevada. He manages the team and foundation by actively leading the board, developing a vision for the future, and supporting adaptive sports and disabled athletes in the community.

Romanowski currently serves as Vice President of Nevada Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Wendell Blaylock, nominated by Merging Vets and Players

Wendell Blaylock, nominated by Merging Vets and Players

Raiders vs. Bears, Week 5
Wendell Blaylock is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served as a Biomedical Services Officer achieving the rank of Captain. Blaylock has advocated successfully for the development of organizational programs, policies, and practices significantly increasing diversity and inclusion onboarding, mentoring, and promotion within a multinational banking and financial services holding company.

In 2012 he was appointed as an advisor to the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights, assisting with fact-finding investigations and the dissemination of information pertinent to local and state civil rights issues. Blaylock was reappointed to a four-year term as the Chair of the Nevada State Advisory Committee to the Commission through 2020.

Blaylock has served or is serving on multiple committees, commissions or organizations that improve veterans and black community causes including Teach for America Advisory Board, U.S. Commission of Civil Rights, Nevada Veterans Service Commission, and National Association for Black Veterans.

Jonathan Jones, nominated by U.S. Air Force

Jonathan Jones, nominated by U.S. Air Force

Raiders vs. Bears, Week 5
Jonathan Jones began his military career in 2004 as an F-16 Avionics technician landing at Osan AB in South Korea as an Airman First Class. He maintained F-16s in the defense of South Korea and the U.S. Jones went to Shaw AFB South Carolina performing various Operation Noble Eagle missions then returned to South Korea at Gimhe AB as a Lead Avionics Technician. Taking his expertise to Aviano AB, Italy he supported F-16 operations during Operation Unified Protector earning a commendation medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant for his efforts.

Currently, he's located at Nellis AFB, Nevada where he leads 54 Airmen at the world-famous "Chop Shop" Tomahawks Aircraft Maintenance Unit.

Jones has been awarded Air Force Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, AF Outstanding Unit Award, AF Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, AF Overseas Ribbon Short, AF Overseas Ribbon Long, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, AF Longevity Service, USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle), AF Training Ribbon, and NATO Medal.

Lester Sherman, nominated by Kline Veterans Fund

Lester Sherman, nominated by Kline Veterans Fund

Raiders vs. Dolphins, Week 3
Lester Sherman is a U.S. Army veteran drafted out of his post-college employment at Ford Motor Company. After training at Fort Polk, LA., he was assigned to the Army War College, Carlisle, PA., where he managed the non-appropriated fund accounting. Sherman completed his active military service with a rank of E5.

As a CPA, he started his own public accounting firm and later became Vice President of Akron Children's Hospital. He is one of the original directors of the Kline Fund and has held the position of Treasurer for several years, guiding the financial operations of the organization through critical periods of restructuring and growth, all as a volunteer.

He is a past president of Temple Sinai Las Vegas and has a decades-long track record of serving the community through his involvement with KVF, Temple Sinai and other community forward organizations.

SSgt Brianna Hogan, nominated by Nellis Air Force Base

SSgt Brianna Hogan, nominated by Nellis Air Force Base

Raiders vs. Ravens, Week 1
SSgt Hogan serves as an Administrative Troop for the United States Air Force Weapons School Commandant at Nellis Air Force Base. In her current position, she manages personnel and recognition programs that impact unit member promotions. Prior to her assignment at Nellis AFB, she served as Executive Support at 2nd Air Force, Keesler AFB Mississippi.

Some of her recent honors include being named 57th Wing Force Support Non-commissioned Officer of the Year 2020, United States Air Force Weapons School Force Support Airman of the Year 2019 and Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 652 Top Recruiter 2019.

While in Mississippi, she served as a volunteer youth cheerleading coach, organized weekend beach clean ups and volunteered at the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies. She continues to bring her commitment to service to her work at Nellis Air Force Base.

Chief Master Sergeant Terrance A. Johnson, nominated by 57 MXG

Chief Master Sergeant Terrance A. Johnson, nominated by 57 MXG

Raiders vs. Ravens, Week 1
Chief Johnson is the squadron Superintendent for the 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Air Combat Command, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada where he manages maintenance and flying hour programs. The 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron is part of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, charged with delivering world class generation of airpower in support of test, tactics, and training missions.

Chief Johnson has been in the Air Force for 27 years. His background is comprised of various duties in the maintenance career field including flight line crew chief, maintenance operation center controller, flight line expeditor and Production Superintendent.

He has received many awards including a Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, an Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Chief Johnson is also involved with the Iron Sharpens Iron Mentorship program where he mentors local inner-city Las Vegas youth in an effort to help empower young men with the skills and resources necessary to be successful in life.

Master Sergeant Rafael Aguilera, nominated by 72nd Military Police Company

Master Sergeant Rafael Aguilera, nominated by 72nd Military Police Company

Raiders vs. Seahawks, Preseason Week 1
MSG Aguilera has served in the military for 21 years and has 16 years of experience in law enforcement. He most recently helped lead the Joint Task Force 17 for COVID-19 response in southern Nevada and was instrumental in administering more than 650,000 COVID-19 tests in the community during the height of the pandemic. After the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, his team distributed over 560,000 vaccines in Southern Nevada, to include rural areas that were otherwise cutoff from vital resources.

Among MSG Aguilera many awards are the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

He partners with eight first responding agencies in the state to teach active shooter response. In his spare time, he coaches and mentors youth sports and trains local law enforcement.

Lori Bordman, nominated by Kline Veterans Fund

Lori Bordman, nominated by Kline Veterans Fund

Raiders vs. Seahawks, Preseason Week 1
Bordman is a retired Master Sergeant with 25 years of service in the United States Air Force. She is a decorated Gulf War and Iraqi Freedom veteran with multiple deployments in service of our country. She now owns and operates an Amusement, Exhibit and Events Company in Las Vegas and serves as Secretary of the Kline Veterans Fund board of directors.

A combat engineer assigned to both 820th and 555th RED HORSE squadrons as an electrician, Bordman was promoted to Superintendent of the Electrical and Power Production shops. Her team built four tactical operations centers in Baghdad. The team was requested, by the Army, because of their self-sufficiency and for the multiple skill sets they bring to a project.

Boardman is passionate about helping female veterans transition into civilian life and getting them the services they need and is committed to raising awareness of the unique challenges female veterans face. She has a consistent record of service to both our country and community through her volunteer service on the Kline Veterans Fund board of directors and other veterans service organizations.