Veterans Day began as a commemoration after World War I ended. On the 11th hour, on the 11th day, on the 11th month in 1918, guns were silenced and the “Great War” was over. Over 100 years later, we reflect on the sacrifice made by all veterans – about 5% of the U.S. population – in protecting our country and defending our freedom. 

To the service men and women from diverse backgrounds, who share a joint mission to serve the American people, we thank you. We honor you.  

Prior to serving residents of King County, around 8% of Metro employees served in our nation’s armed forces. From Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, here are just a few veterans who are now part of our Metro family.  

Maggie Brubaker, deputy division director of Vehicle Maintenance, shown in three images including in active duty

Israel Salgado, Metro's Chief of Materials, is shown today and while serving our country in the military

Chad Wiesenfeld, operations supervisor of Metro's Marine Division, is shown now and when in active duty

Mark Foss, a First Line Supervisor in Metro's Transit Control Center, is shown when serving in the military and today at Metro

Michael Stromberg, Metro's Lead Electro-Mechanic in our Rail Division, is shown while serving in the military and today in front of a Link light rail train.

Our region, and our workplace, benefits from the well-honed skills of veterans: 

  • Ingrained work ethic 
  • Leadership skills
  • Composure under adversity and duress 
  • Consistent core values, including integrity, courage, and the cornerstone of them all, discipline. 

To all the veterans, military members, and your families, thank you for your meaningful contribution to our country.