Glomani Bravo-Lopez served in the United States Marine Corps, honorably, for four years. He enlisted at the age of seventeen immediately after graduating from James Madison High School here in Brooklyn, New York in 2005. His older brother, Adam, had served in the Marine Corps and after 9/11/2001, enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a Staff Sergeant in their Special Forces, having served in Iraq and Afghanistan over multiple tours. While this was an ambition since childhood, the events of September 11, 2001 and the ensuing declaration of a Global War on Terror made it all but certain. Glomani signed up to go to the frontline, electing to join the infantry and being assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division in Camp Lejeune (Lima Company), North Carolina. He served in two combat deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) for seven months each from 2007-2008 and 2009-2009, both in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. During their first deployment, their unit lost 14 Marines  – mostly to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and sniper fire. Much of their work at the time centered on stabilizing the region in order to ensure a peaceful transition and handover to the Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police. In his final nine months in the Marine Corps, Glomani served as a marksmanship instructor under Headquarters Battalion, Division Marksmanship Training Unit (DMTU) training Marine units deploying overseas on the service rifle, pistol and firearms systems.

Glomani Bravo Lopez

Upon leaving the service, Glomani worked in construction for some time as well as for a nonprofit shelter provider. It was in leading the Veteran Students Organization while at Brooklyn College that Glomani turned a leaf and became a vocal proponent for veterans mental health and removing the stigma of PTSD and TBI. He joined with New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, who provided him more than a job but an opportunity to serve the 33rd Council District – and has done so for the past seven years and is now continuing that work with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

Veteran's day
Photo Credit Robert London

Thank you to the United States Marine Corps, Color Guards:

Sgt. Jessica Saint-Jean, Sgt. Eden Garza, Sgt. Jackson Sewall, Cpl. Obryan Yuwar.  From 6th Communication Battalion from Brooklyn, New York

This Color Guard detail from Service Company, 6th Communications Battalion at Floyd Bennett Field, thanks to First Sergeant Machado and his Marines.

The purpose of the color guard is to serve as a detachment of troops assigned to protect the regimental colors and the national flag, and to interpret the music that the marching band or drum and bugle corps is playing by way of the synchronized work of flags, sabres, rifles, the air blade and through dance. A young officer is usually tasked with carrying the colors, while non-commissioned officers (NCOs) are usually armed with either sabres or rifles to protect the colors. When we refer to colors, we refer to unit flags but especially to our American flag. Color guard detachments perform at celebratory and uplifting ceremonious events as well as at solemn memorials – serving as a reminder of why it is we do the work we do and a reminder to put country first… to put the needs of the whole ahead of the individual.