By Brian Benedetti, Director of Marketing & Communications
LAKEWOOD – Joint Base Lewis-McChord will honor two Pierce College students on Thursday, Nov. 21, during its annual Military Academic Achievement Awards ceremony. SPC Michael J. Bunyon II and A1C Marissa E. Delgado will receive their commendations along with a handful of other active military students at JBLM’s Stone Education Center.
“Pierce College could not be more proud to call SPC Bunyon and A1C Delgado its own,” says Dr. Michele L. Johnson, chancellor of Pierce College District 11. “Both are dedicated students and service members, representing Pierce’s values, vision and mission of Possibilities realized: Innovative and engaged learners enriching our local and global communities.”
SPC Michael J. Bunyon II
Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Bunyon joined the U.S. Army in 2011 to serve his country and pursue a college education — something he sees as “opportunity to become more aware of the world, learn about cultures and to grow as a person.” He attends classes online with the Pierce College Military Program in pursuit of an engineering degree. Assigned to the 2158 Aviation Assault Helicopter Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, SPC Bunyon is highly regarded by his command for his strong work ethic, personable nature and drive to accomplish his goals. He is the Battalion BOSS Representative, leading volunteer and activity initiatives in the surrounding community.
A1C Marissa E. Delgado
Delgado, a California native, joined the Air Force in 2011 to be a part of something bigger than herself. Delgado is pursuing her associate of pre-nursing degree, with plans of working one day in pediatric medicine. Assigned to the 627th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Delgado supplies critical materials to the C17s located at McChord Field and is well-regarded by her command. Away from the service and school, she volunteers in the community with the Emergency Food Network, repackaging donated food to be distributed to local food banks. Delgado is flying home on Nov. 21 to visit family before deploying in December to Qatar.