Phi Beta Delta to host panel of war veterans
The Ohio Northern University Phi Beta Delta International Forum will sponsor a panel discussion by three ONU students who served multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan before attending Northern. The panel, “ONU Military Veterans Discuss Their Recent Middle East Deployments,” will meet in the Dicke Forum on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.
The three veterans, Marcus Quinones, a sophomore forensic biology major, Bradley Nungester, a freshman criminal justice major, and Brandon J. Bryant, a junior political science and international studies major, will answer questions from the audience and discuss their deployments.
Quinones joined the Marine Corps as an infantryman. Soon after demonstrating exemplary ability, he was asked to join the Scout Swimmers, an elite unit within the Marine Corps. After the birth of his son and his return from Iraq, Quinones chose to allow his contract with the military to expire. A few months into civilian life, however, he decided to join the Army, where he could retain the same rank he held with the Marines. He returned to Iraq with his new Army unit. During this deployment, Quinones suffered severe leg and knee injuries after an enemy explosive struck him. When he returned home, he was medically discharged from the Army because of these wounds.
After beginning his service in the Army as an infantryman, Nungester was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division and deployed to Iraq from late 2006 to early 2007. While Nungester’s unit was conducting a mounted vehicular patrol in Baghdad, the patrol was suddenly forced to stop. After exiting his vehicle, Nungester was immediately shot in the chest three times by an enemy sniper. Luckily, he was wearing body army and did not suffer lethal damage; however, he did endure several broken ribs. Later, Nungester suffered a series of heart attacks. The correlation between the gunshot wounds and Nungester’s heart attacks is not known, as he may have suffered from a pre-existing genetic condition. As a result of his heart condition, Nungester was medically discharged from the Army.
Bryant began his military career by joining the Army as an airborne infantryman. He graduated from Advanced Infantry Training in Ft. Benning, Ga., before going on to airborne school and graduating as a paratrooper. After graduation, Bryant was assigned to the 1st of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment in Ft. Richardson, Alaska, and from there he went on to Afghanistan in 2003 with his unit. When he returned home in August 2004, he received orders to be reassigned to Ft. Hood, Texas, where he joined the 1st Battalion of the 22nd Infantry Regiment. He was deployed to Iraq in December 2005 with this unit and returned home a year later. In 2007, Bryant’s contract expired, and he was honorably discharged from active service in the Army. Bryant is the president of the Ohio Northern Veterans Organization (ONVA) as well as the team captain of the Mock Trial team.
Quinones, Nungester and Bryant each received Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat and left the military as highly decorated veterans.
The event is free and open to the public.
Phi Beta Delta is the honor society for international scholars. Founded in 1987, nominees for membership in the Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Beta Delta include outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni. The society hopes to integrate those who possess a deep commitment to international affairs, education and research. One of the functions of the Gamma Upsilon chapter has been to create a regular forum in which international affairs can be discussed using University sources and by seeking prominent individuals with varied experience in international affairs recruited from beyond the University community.