This week's Sunday Salute honors Marine Corps Captain Kellen Skarka, who was born and raised in Kearney.
He is a 2004 Kearney High grad, and graduated from the University of Nebraska- Kearney in 2009 with a degree in business and technology, aviation systems management.
Kellen is currently serving his second deployment to Afghanistan as the senior air coordinator for a tactical air command center.
When not deployed, he is stationed at Marine air corps station Miramar, California.
Four days before deploying, Kellen proposed to his girlfriend, Tina, who is from Pierce.
Kellen's mom Lori nominated him for this week's Sunday Salute. She also recently graduated from UNK and Kellen watched her get her diploma online while in Afghanistan and then sent her the picture included in this story.
Kellen, thank you for your service to our country.