The Office of Veterans Affairs & Military Programs at UConn is pleased to honor Marion Nobles as our Veteran of the Month for December/January 2017. Marion “Ben” Nobles served in the United States Air Force for 6 years as a Tactical Air Controller. Although Ben Nobles would have been able to serve his country to the maximum extent possible if he were stationed in cool places like Germany or Italy, the Air Force decided to station him in Kansas with the 10 Air support operation squadron. Ben Nobles active day job was walking through the woods and making A-10s go “buuuuuuurt.” Ben had a single deployment to Bagdad, Iraq in 2011 to support the Big Red One for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Unfortunately nothing cool enough worth talking about happened. Awards include an Army Accommodation Medal, Airman of the Group, and winner of 2010 10th ASOS Chili cook-off.
Ben Nobles came to UConn for the nationally renowned business school and to be near his girlfriend (now spouse) Christine. Ben originally started at the Hartford Campus, then transferred after his acceptance into the Business school. After arriving at Storrs, Ben became actively involved in the Veteran community at UConn, far surpassing Sam Surrowitz in both looks and works done. Serving as President of the Veteran Student Organization and Program Marketer for UConn’s Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs, Ben worked hard to contribute to the growing Veteran community. Ben says “my greatest accomplishment was getting the 1st annual Veterans Ball off the ground. Although I think most people had pretty low expectations for it, I like to think I far surpassed it. It was a lot of fun.” Truly UConn will not be the same after he graduates this month.
Ben Nobles was born in South Carolina (although he doesn’t like sharing that), and was the oldest of 4. He grew up in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina and became interested in the military after High School JROTC classes. He is a volunteer firefighter when he is not at campus, and will be moving to Charlotte, North Carolina after his graduation to be closer to family.
If you would like to nominate a student, faculty, or staff member for “Veteran of the Month,” please contact Nikki Cole at Nikki.firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the person and reasons for your nomination.