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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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Meet Your Military: Severely Injured Special Forces Soldier Returns to Duty

support our troops org injured us special forces soldier returnsEGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., May 5, 2016 — A Special Forces noncommissioned officer has returned to full active duty service two and a half years after his hand was amputated to free him from underneath a vehicle before a suicide bomber could strike a deadly blow against him and his team. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ivan Morera, a Miami native and a Special Forces medic, continues to serve with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), despite being severely wounded in a vehicle rollover in Afghanistan.

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