ABC News, Second Tour; Lt. Emily Núñez

| August 15, 2014

Emily Núñez

The folks at ABC News sends us their latest article about veterans after their service. This article is about Army 1Lt. Emily Núñez who founded the company “Sword and Plough” which recycles military surplus items into fashionable accessories.

Although Núñez was committed to a career in the military, she and her sister Betsy Núñez, 26, co- founded Sword & Plough in 2012. Growing up in a military family Emily followed in her father’s footsteps and joined the Army. She currently serves as an Intelligence Officer with the Group Support Battalion in the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson, Colorado. Prior to joining the military, Núñez enrolled in the Army ROTC at the University of Vermont and and Middlebury College in Vermont in 2008. It was there during her senior year that the idea to launch her entrepreneurial venture was born.

The idea to create her fashion company came to Núñez after a talk at the Middlebury’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship. During the Social Entrepreneurship Symposium at Middlebury Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen Fund talked about businesses that had incorporated recycling into their business model. Núñez took note and put her social entrepreneur spirit to work. She began to think about what around her was routinely wasted and could be recycled and turned into something powerful. ”I was aware that there was a lot of military surplus that was wasted, thrown away or burned,” Núñez says.

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  1. DefendUSA says:
    I try really hard to buy US made. I just talked about this the other day. My stainless is US, my knives are US, and I work hard to buy from allies if I cannot buy US. Starting a new Business and I want this!!

  2. Climb to Glory says:

    Bright and she’s smoking hot. Outstanding LT. Keep up the good work.

  3. Sparks says:

    I’ll see if I can get a catalog LT. Núñez. Thank you for serving and making and selling American.

  4. Green Thumb says:

    I could be wrong but I think hat turd Millard used to work with or be associated with this group.

  5. Susan says:

    I bought a great key chain for the significant other from them. He loves it.

  6. Pinto Nag says:

    It is wonderful to read articles like this. Thank you, Lieutenant Nunez, for all that you have done and continue to do.

  7. jon spencer says:

    Since I did not see a link to her store in the article.

  8. Slause says:

    Definitely going to be on my Christmas list. I’m no coastie but the blue looked sharp.

  9. FatCircles0311 says:


    Even SF get hot pogs.

  10. LIRight says:

    Just sent this article to my son in the 10th with my comment; “I never saw any 1st Lt.’s at Ft. Carson that looked like that!!”

    As a matter a fact, I don’t think I saw any females at Ft. Carson except behind the counter of the old “Peak” PX.

  11. It’s telling that this is an entrepreneurship and business story about a military officer and the majority of the comments are about the way she looks. It reminds me of a saying I learned in high school, “The average girl thinks more about how she looks than thinks because the average boy looks more than he thinks.” It fits. 🙂