Operation Continue Service
Operation Continue Service supports the veteran community by performing memorial rucks, recovery rucks, and hosting veteran coffee socials. Rucking is a military term for walking with a weighted backpack. A memorial ruck is performed to honor and remember fallen military personnel lost in the line of duty. A recovery ruck is performed to bring awareness to veteran suicide and mental health issues. The ruck symbolizes the weight that veterans carry during and after military service. Lastly, the veteran coffee social is intended to bring veterans together to socialize and receive information from local, state, and federal agencies. Operation Continue Service aims to assist with starting coffee socials throughout Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi by connecting with community partners and veteran stakeholders.
Meet The Team
SGT Melvin J. Gatewood (RET) is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran and Purple Heart recipient who has dedicated his life to the service of others. SGT Gatewood has over 10 years of experience working with the Military and Veteran community. His mission is to remember fallen service members while supporting those that are struggling after and during their military service.
SFC Shalonda Gatewood is currently serving in the TN National Guard as a Financial Management soldier. Shalonda has 19 years of service in the National Guard with 2 tours overseas. In her spare time she enjoys reading, vacationing with her family, volunteering in various organizations, and of course shoe shopping! My goal is to retire from the National Guard and continue to serve my community and veterans outside of the uniform.
Dr. Ronald Gatewood
Ronald is an OIF Veteran. He served in Iraq in 2005 with the Army National Guard. He enjoys giving back to the community & helping others. Ronald believes in supporting the veterans & inspiring the youth.
Marcus is currently serving the military as Mobility Warrant Officer. Marcus has over 17 years of service and 4 deployments to include “Inherent Resolve” and 3 tours in support of “Operation Enduring Freedom”.
Kareem is a Preacher of the gospel currently the 2nd Assistant Pastor and Youth Pastor of The Gathering Place Worship Center (TGP) located in Athens Alabama.
He has served 16 1/2 year Army Veteran serving from 1994- 2010. He deployed to several combat zones to include Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Iraq. Kareem was promoted through the enlisted ranks to Staff Sergeant was selected for Officer Candidate School. He was promoted again to First Lieutenant before being medically retired.
As a Veteran and a Systems Engineer Addison has deployed to OIF with Fort Campbell KY 2003-2004, 2005-2006, OEF 2007-2008. Addison is very passionate about the military and their families and always willing to help anyone else that requires assistance.