Two JROTC instructors from the Washoe County School District will be honored as Wolf Pack Military Heroes of the Game at upcoming UNR football games in recognition of their service and sacrifice for our country.
Maj. Steve Tynan is an instructor at Reed High School and began his career in Marine infantry divisions before flying fighter aircraft. During his 29-year military career, he served six deployments in Japan, Kosovo, and Afghanistan, earning numerous medals including two Meritorious Service Medals, the JOin Service Commendation Medal, and a Navy Achievement Medal. Since retiring from the Marines in 2012, he has dedicated his time to teaching future leaders as a Senior Naval Science teacher at Reed High School, where he also serves as the Department Lead for Junior ROTC.
Lt. Col. Nicole Sarafolean earned her commission in the US Army from UNR’s ROTC program. Over her 20-year career she served as a platoon leader while flying Chinook and Huey helicopters, served overseas missions in Bosnia and Iraq, and worked at the Pentagon as an investigator for the Inspector General of the US Army. Among her many awards and decorations, she earned the Order of Saint Michael Bronze Award, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Meritorious Service Medal. For the past four years, she has taught future leaders and officers in the JROTC program at Reno High School.