Meet Your Military
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Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt. Annie Lepillez volunteered to help fight fires from the sky. As a loadmaster for the C-130 Hercules, she gets the opportunity to fly above wildfires and drop chemical retardant to help keep the fires from spreading as firefighters on the ground battle the flames.
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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- When her duty day is over, Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Owen often reflects on if she did enough to help identify fallen service members.
As the morgue noncommissioned officer in charge at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which is tasked to account for more than 82,000 Americans still missing from past conflicts, she analyzes human remains and personal effects in hopes to close a cold case.
Read more: Meet Your Military: In unique mission, Soldiers give identity back to fallen troops
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This is his story.
What do you remember about your first day working with the aircraft?
“I had never seen a fighter aircraft in person before and I remember the first day that our class walked into the hanger and you have an F-15 and an F-16 staring at you. It was pretty surreal to know that’s what I would be working on every day.”
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July 31, 2018 | By DoD’s Katie Lange
Military children endure unique challenges — saying goodbye to deployed parents, moving often, changing schools, making new friends frequently and adapting constantly. For that, they deserve our respect and admiration.
To show your support, everyone is encouraged to wear purple Wednesday as part of the annual Purple Up! campaign, which gives thanks to military kids for their strength and sacrifice.
Read more: Meet Your Military: Reasons Why It’s Cool to Be A Military Kid