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Veterans Day Employee Biography
Veterans Day Employee Biography
Posted on 11/20/2017

Senior Master Sergeant Kiger

Veteran Bio
veteran bio

Gerald Kiger retired from the United States Air Force after 22 years of honorable service. Eager to serve our country, Kiger enlisted and went to basic training one week after graduating from high school. Because of his passion for various types of aircrafts the Air Force was an easy decision to make. While in the service Kiger learned the importance of hard work, responsibility, and integrity. These attributes helped him to be a successful diesel mechanic and supervisor.

Having lived overseas in Japan, Korea, and Italy as well as traveling and being deployed to many more countries such as Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, the Air Force provided Kiger with a life’s worth of experiences. After traveling around the world his last duty station was Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM). It is at JBLM where Kiger and his family decided to make Puyallup their permanent home. 

Once a mentor for the next generation of airmen, Kiger has become a different kind of mentor, one for a much younger audience. Kiger currently works for the Puyallup School District as a first-year special education resource teacher at Zeiger Elementary. Gerald Kiger continues to make a positive impact on lives every day. Thank you Senior Master Sergeant Kiger for your 22 years of service. We are honored to have you work for the Puyallup School District.

Daralin Lawson

Military Article

Loyalty, honor, duty, and responsibility are several of the positive effects the military imprinted on Daralin Lawson. Searching for a way to serve his country and looking for direction, Lawson did what many of his relatives had done previously, he enlisted in the Army. Lawson joined the service four short months following 9-11.

Lawson served six years and was stationed at nearby Fort Lewis. Following his military service and rooted on the love his wife has for the education in the Puyallup School District, Lawson moved to Puyallup where he currently resides with his wife and children.

Lawson works for the Puyallup School District as a campus security officer at Puyallup High School. His experience in the Army provided Lawson the ability to be diverse and versatile, which he is able to simulate to the students, staff, and community.  

Thank you, Daralin Lawson, for your service to our country.  We are honored to have you work in the Puyallup School District.

First Lieutenant Frankie Topasna

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Born in Wurstburg, Germany, Frankie Topasna was familiar with the military life, his father served in the U.S. Army for 20 years. After September 11, 2001, Topasna knew it was time to follow his father’s example and join the Army.  While in the Army Topasna was awarded many decorations, service medals, and badges, including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. First Lt. Topasna is currently the project management specialist for the Puyallup School District where he manages, directs and oversees all major technology initiatives to include bond projects for the district. He is described as a problem-solver, critical thinker, goal oriented, mission- focused servant leader - all attributes he says he developed in the military. After learning his unit was going to be relocated to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Topasna knew Puyallup is where he wanted to raise his son and he could call home. Topasna has been in the military for over 11 years and continues to serve our country as a reservist. We are thankful to have you serve our country and fortunate to have you work for us at the Puyallup School District. Thank you First Lieutenant Frankie Topasna.

Master Sergeant Bradly Nelson

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Following in his father’s footsteps, Bradly Nelson joined the Air Force after high school.  He spent 24 years serving his county and showing his patriotism. Joining the Air Force gave Bradly the opportunity to travel to many countries as well as learn valuable life lessons in leadership skills and teamwork.

After retiring from the service four years ago, Bradly and his family returned to Puyallup where he lived during his tours at McChord Air Force Base and both his daughters graduated. Bradly wanted to give back to his community and decided to work in the Puyallup School District’s transportation department as a bus driver. Thank you Master Sergeant Nelson for your dedication and service, it is an honor to have you work with us.

Anne Hogenson
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