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Sept. 5, 2017

Face of Defense: Officer Returns to Port Hueneme to Engineer New Future

Navy Capt. Michael Ladner has come a long way since his days as a midshipman at Annapolis. His sterling service enabled him to earn a master's degree at the Navy's expense and he's now back at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Port Hueneme, California, as the department officer for the chief engineer and land and sea test department.

Sept. 1, 2017

Face of Defense: Fourth-Generation Paratrooper Continues Family's Legacy

Meghan Copenhaver, an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet, is the Army's first fourth-generation paratrooper. Copenhaver's parents and her maternal grandfather and maternal great-grandfather all graduated from the Airborne School. She is starting her junior year as an ROTC cadet at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

Aug. 31, 2017

Face of Defense: Air Force Couple Takes Journey to Citizenship

Air Force Staff Sgt. Luis Chiriboga and Airman 1st Class Estefania Briceno Ron travelled far from their former home in Ecuador and today they’re both airmen, U.S. citizens and married to each other. Chiriboga is now an engineering technician and Briceno Ron is a personnel and administration technician.

Aug. 30, 2017

Face of Defense: Army Guard Vocalist Makes National Capital Region Rounds

A program analyst at the National Guard Bureau never expected to sing patriotic songs at events, but a promotion ceremony more than 10 years ago started him on that path. Army Maj. Edgar I. Quinones-Marin credits his ability to focus when singing to military discipline and a love for the performing arts.

Aug. 29, 2017

Face of Defense: Dental Hygienist Continues to Serve Others

Having previously served his country as an enlisted dental hygienist in the Army and Air Force, Patrick Miller retains his positive attitude and a smile on his face as he continues his career as a civilian dental hygienist at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Miller is the chief of preventive dentistry for the 628th Medical Group at Deily Dental Clinic.

Aug. 28, 2017

Face of Defense: Son of Fallen Guardsman Enlists on Parents' Anniversary

In front of friends and family, Pvt. Paul David Kelly, 19, raised his right hand and enlisted into the Virginia Army National Guard, twenty years after his parents married and 10 years after losing his father in Iraq. Both of his parents served in the military and following in their footsteps was always one of his goals, Kelly said.

Aug. 25, 2017

Face of Defense: Marine Draws Inspiration From Aiding in Boy's Rescue

Cries of a desperate mother and the sight of a child's limp body on the beach alarmed Marine Corps Capt. Justin Griffis at Maeda Flats in Okinawa, Japan. The experience drove him to take action and inspired him to help develop a CPR class not only for service members, but also for their spouses.

Aug. 24, 2017

Face of Defense: Airman, C-130H Share Mobility Legacy

During the Mobility Guardian power-projection exercise, one of the last active-duty C-130H Hercules aircraft still flew true. On the ground, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael Simkins, 36th Airlift Squadron superintendent, watched the bird from afar, reminded of its durability and legacy.

Aug. 23, 2017

Face of Defense: Soldier Eyes Doctorate After Rapidly Completing Degrees

Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Bowling earned bachelor's and master's degrees in short order and now has his sights set on earning a doctorate. Looking toward the end of his Army career, Bowling said he decided to keep pursuing degrees and aiming for a job with the Defense Department Education Activity schools system.

Aug. 22, 2017

Face of Defense: Marine EOD Technician Continues Family Legacy

Every time Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Derrick Kee puts on the heavy, cumbersome explosive ordnance disposal bomb suit, he is reminded of the important reasons that led him to where he is today. "I'm a third-generation Marine," he explained. "My father, grandfather and grandmother all joined the Marine Corps."

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