KONO Soldier Salutes Marine Veteran Javier “Javi” Sandoval

The Red-and-Black Beacon: A Marine’s Legacy

Today, we salute Marine Veteran Javier “Javi” Sandoval, a Marine veteran whose service is as unmistakable as the red-and-black Marine Corps hat he proudly wears. A symbol of dedication and honor, his hat reflects not just his personal journey but also the unbreakable bonds formed within the Corps. Javi’s military career began in 1984, marked by his commitment as a Mechanic and a Crew Chief gunner aboard Hueys and Cobras. His ten years in the Marine Corps took him to the challenging terrains of Somalia, where his skills and bravery were put to the test.

After his military service, Javi continued to serve his community as a police officer for the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, dedicating 23 years to protecting and guiding the youth. His Marine Corps cap does more than just tell his story; it connects him to fellow Marines wherever he goes. A simple trip to the grocery store or a stop at the gas station can evoke the spirited calls of “Semper Fi!” or “Oorah!”—reminders of the proud brotherhood that endures beyond service.

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