Captain Jared Tomaszewski is stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He attended the game with his father Steve, his sister-in-law Jordan and his brother Kyle, who is stationed in Washington D.C. along with their other brother Steve.
Captain Tomaszewski was deployed to Camp Resolute Support, Kabul, Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and FREEDOM SENTINEL where he served as the Electrical Infrastructure Program Manager responsible for connecting 98 of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police sites to the country's electrical grid.
While he was stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, he nominated himself to be an Elk & Elk Military Honoree. "I had been in the military for seven years and am getting out of the Air Force in June of 2019," he said. "I knew the Blue Jackets did this, so I decided it is my last opportunity and I am gonna throw my name in the hat. While I am wearing the uniform, I thought it would be something that I would remember forever."
In addition to connecting the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police to the electrical grid, he worked tirelessly to connect the North and South, build power plants and get the country off generators. This allowed families to plug in their electronics and begin the process of moving away from using wood burning stoves to stay warm.
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"I am a huge hockey fan and Artemi Panarin is my favorite player," he said. "So, when I was overseas, we were watching and cheering on the Blue Jackets in the playoffs while on the base."
This was Jared's fourth Blue Jackets game this season. He said, "It is a fantastic stadium, everyone is super into it, great crowd, the fans are super nice and the surrounding area is great." The cannon is a big part of the experience at Nationwide Arena and Jared said, "It is something pretty special that isn't at other stadiums."