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Meet Your Military: Decorated Soldier Becomes Marine

support our troops org decorated soldier becomes marineMarine Corps Private First Class Sean F. Evans, Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, stands in front of his squad bay at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 17, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tyler ViglioneMARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, June 09, 2016 — Joining the military is a life changing experience, and reaching the end of a contract can sometimes lead to an emptiness that can only be filled by joining the ranks once again.

Marine Corps Private First Class Sean F. Evans, Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion here, felt that emptiness since leaving the Army almost six years ago, and believed the Marine Corps was the best way to fill the void.

Evans says he was always interested in the infantry. In 2004, at age 18, he enlisted in the Army to become an infantryman. After infantry school, he attended airborne school and then reported to his first unit -- the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Less than two years later, Evans was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he spent a year conducting patrols, executing missions involving high-value targets and cross-training with Iraqi forces. During his tour, he received several individual awards, including the Combat Action Badge. Additionally, his unit received three Valorous Unit Awards, which is the second-highest unit award and is considered the unit equivalent of the Silver Star. It is awarded to units that show extraordinary heroism against armed enemies.

A Second Deployment

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Meet Your Military: Airman Balances Family Life, Mission

support our troops org us airman balances family lifeAL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar, June 07, 2016 — A 5-year-old boy stood in front of his kneeling father in a hotel room, the boy weighed down with 50 pounds of tactical body armor. The gear weighed more than the boy.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kelly Badger, an explosive ordnance disposal craftsman with the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron here, placed his hand on his encumbered son’s shoulder and looked him in the eyes. It was a powerful moment between father and son.

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Meet Your Military: Former Jamaican Soldier Joins U.S. Army Reserve

support our troops org us army jamaican soldierEXETER, Calif., June 06, 2016 — In the Kaweah Oaks Preserve here, a soldier stands near his Humvee. He’s about 6 feet tall, and he’s dressed in a brown undershirt, a hardhat and safety goggles.

Army Pvt. Rhoen Barnes, a native of Jamaica, is a former soldier in the Jamaican army. Now, he’s a wheeled-vehicle mechanic with the U.S. Army Reserve’s 801st Engineer Company.

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Roof Deployment Project Hits 111 Cities in 31 States!

TAMPA, FL – June 23, 2016 – Roof Deployment Project Hits 111 Cities in 31 States!TAMPA, FL – June 23, 2016 — As of mid-May the Roof Deployment Project has identified 111 cities in 31 states in which the home of a currently serving military service member will be reroofed for free. All thanks to the local Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor in each of the cities. Truly amazing.

The most recent roof to go on a soldier's house was in Winter Springs, Florida, where SSG Paul ------, was identified for SOT by the military.

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Meet Your Military: Wounded Warriors Motivate Squad Leader

support our troops squad leader draws motivation from wounded warriorsNAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BETHESDA, Md., May 18, 2016 — A soldier going through the Warrior Transition Brigade asked Army Staff Sgt. Loriann DeMelis, an inpatient squad leader here, if she had done her pull-ups.

“No, once you start doing them I’ll start doing them,” DeMelis said.

The soldier rolled his wheelchair into DeMelis’ doorway, raised himself up to the pull-up bar that hung in her doorway, put his prosthetic arm and then his other arm on the bar and started doing pull-ups right out of his wheelchair.

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Meet Your Military: USS Boxer's "Fit Boss" Focuses on Crewâ's Physical Well-Being

support our troops org fit boss focuses on physical well beingGULF OF ADEN, May 16, 2016 — The civilian fitness specialist, or "fit boss," aboard the Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Boxer helps sailors and Marines reach new fitness milestones by conducting fitness classes tailored toward promoting a health-conscious lifestyle.

Rosalio Nieto offers a fitness enhancement program for sailors who need help meeting body composition assessment and physical fitness assessment standards. He also offers five different fitness classes throughout the week for anyone interested in physical training in small group settings.

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