In Your Honor - Fort Wood Hotels Veterans - A Tribute to Veteran's Day

Our mission at Fort Wood Hotels is to serve our guests, our community, and each other! Our employees embrace our mission and we believe that is why our hotels continue to earn awards at all five of our hotels. Veteran's day is almost here and we believe honoring our Veterans is important. We have wonderful Veterans employed with us at Fort Wood Hotels and we would like to honor all of our Veterans in the weeks leading up to Veterans Day. Read on to learn more about Matthew Soto and Keelin Scott who are currently employed with us at MainStay Suites! 

Matthew Soto, Guest Service Representative, MainStay Suites

1. Dates served in the Military

2012 - 2017

2) Branch of Service

U.S. Army

3) What Locations Did You Serve and What Units/Positions Did You Hold?

Basic training at Fort Jackson, AIT- Fort Sam Houston, First Assignment- Fort Polk 3rd Battalion 10th Mountain division 3-89 squadron HHC Healthcare specialist/combat medic, Second Duty Assignment-Fort Bliss 3rd brigade 1-77 Armor Regiment HHC Healthcare Specialist

4) What Did You Enjoy About the Military and/or What Did you Learn While in the Military?

 I enjoyed being part of an elite brotherhood. I learned many life skills from leadership, problem-solving, and training. I was given the courage to face life headfirst, as well as emergency medical training

Keelin Scott, Driver, MainStay Suites

1. Dates served in the Military

 November 1988 - December 2010

2) Branch of Service

U.S. Army Engineer

3) What Locations Did You Serve and What Units/Positions Did You Hold?

  • Basic Training - Fort LeonardWood 1988-1989
  • 17th Eng. 1989-1991 Fort Hood
  • 93rd Eng 1991-1993 Germany
  • 502 Eng 1993-1997 Germany
  • 814th Eng 1997-2001 Fort Polk
  • 50th Eng 2001 South Korea
  • HHD Eng 2002 South Korea
  • C Co 577th Eng 2002-2005
  • 50th Eng 2005-2005 Korea unit deactivated to Fort Leonard Wood
  • 50th Eng 2005-2010 Fort Leonard Wood
  • Senegal, Africa 1995
  • Iraq 2005-2006

4) What Did You Enjoy About the Military and/or What Did you Learn While in the Military?

What I enjoyed most about the military, meeting people from all over the world. I really enjoyed the different experiences with several cultures and growing close and become best friends, more like family. I had the opportunity to visit several countries and learn the different cultures and taste various foods that I wouldn't have tried here in the states. The most important experience which of course I can't leave out is the beer - the variety was insane.

I had the opportunity to learn from several great leaders which I obtained life-changing knowledge that was passed to me so when I became a leader I passed that same life-changing knowledge to my
soldiers. I believed I accomplished the task that was given to me. I’m honored to have served in the military and It feels good when you get a call from several soldiers I trained, telling you “thank you for
your leadership and guidance".  

Thank You From Fort Wood Hotels! 

We are proud of all of the Veterans that work for us at Fort Wood Hotels and we can't thank them enough for their selfless sacrifice to serve our country. Learn more about our Veteran employees by reading previous blog posts and stay tuned for a few more tributes leading up to Veterans Day! 

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