BMO Harris Bank, Chicago Bulls Recognize Marks and Villarreal as 'Honorary Captains' for Military Service

2013-02-01T12:12:00Z 2013-02-01T12:29:05Z BMO Harris Bank, Chicago Bulls Recognize Marks and Villarreal as 'Honorary Captains' for Military ServiceContributed by Anna Seifert nwitimes.com
February 01, 2013 12:12 pm  • 

CHICAGO | BMO Harris Bank announced today, in partnership with the Chicago Bulls, the recognition of U.S. Marine Corps Captain Fletcher Marks and Gunnery Sergeant Eric Villarreal through the bank's "Military Moments" program.

The two service members were publicly honored at the Jan. 21, 2013 Chicago Bulls game for their military accomplishments and service. The bank's "Military Moments" program recognizes local veterans during the opening ceremony of a Chicago Bulls game. After taking part in the "Honorary Captains meeting" with the referees and the team captains for the Bulls and opposing team, the veterans are featured on the United Center's scoreboard and participate in the singing of the National Anthem.

"For the past two years, we've placed local veterans at center court, bringing to light their unwavering dedication and commitment to serving our country through our 'Military Moments' program," said Chris McComish, Executive Vice President, Personal Banking, BMO Harris Bank, and Executive Sponsor of the bank's Veterans Advisory Council. "The program, in partnership with the Chicago Bulls, allows us to acknowledge and thank veterans like Fletcher and Eric who are true heroes in our communities."

Schererville resident Eric Villarreal joined the Marines in 1998 and has since deployed to Indonesia, Australia, Japan, Korea, Kenya, Egypt, Bahrain and Afghanistan. He is currently stationed in Chicago as the Officer Selection Team Chief for the Marine Officer programs.

Chicago resident Fletcher Marks joined the Marines in 2008 and has since deployed as an air traffic controller to South America and Afghanistan. He is currently stationed in Chicago as the Selection Officer for the Marine Officer programs.

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