Talas, Eugene (Geno)
Born in Moenkopi, the Hopi Reservation, Arizona, in 1956, Geno Talas served 30 years in the US Air Force as C-5 Loadmaster, retiring in 2004 as Chief Master Sergeant. Since 2008, as the Manager, Hopi Veterans Services, The Hopi Tribe, Geno provides veteran-related services to over 500 Hopi veterans and their families on the Hopi Reservation, and coordinating events honoring the military, veterans and their families. He serves as Adjutant for The American Legion Lori Piestewa Post 80, Kykotsmovi, Arizona, planning annual activities such as the Veterans Christmas Dinner. Geno was instrumental in researching the histories of the ten posthumous Hopi Code Talkers who served in WWII, resulting in the awarding of the US Congressional Native American Code Talkers Gold Medal to the Hopi Tribe and Silver Medals to their next of kin in 2013.