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April 4, 2018

Face of Defense: Soldier Born in China Earns Army Ranger Tab

Army Cpl. Lie Wu, a 31-year-old wheeled vehicle mechanic originally from Xian, China, recently earned the coveted Ranger tab. Just 36 percent of Ranger School students pass the grueling course of instruction to obtain the tab. Wu said the hardest part for him was something that fueled his determination: the fear of disappointing others.

April 3, 2018

Women of Weather: Hurricane Hunters Make a Difference

Air Force Maj. Ashley Lundry, an aerial reconnaissance weather officer, and Air Force Maj. Devon Meister, a pilot, are both members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, referred to as the Hurricane Hunters.

April 3, 2018

Face of Defense: Navy Audiologist Contributes to Pacific Partnership

Navy Lt. Matt Thomas, an audiologist stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is using his skills to help others and to contribute to the Pacific Partnership 2018 mission in Micronesia. Pacific Partnership 2018 marks the 13th iteration of the Navy's humanitarian and civic assistance mission.

April 2, 2018

Face of Defense: Soldier Faces Life’s Challenges Head-On

Army Spc. Angel Euson recently competed at the 2018 Army trials at Fort Bliss, Texas, where she won four gold medals in swimming, two in field and one in track and became one of 40 athletes selected to represent the Army at the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games.

March 30, 2018

Face of Defense: Air Force Opportunities Help Airman Pursue Music Dream

After joining the Illinois Air National Guard, Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Sentz thought his dream of pursuing a career in music was over. However, Sentz has not only competed in several Air Force singing competitions, but he has also toured the globe as a vocalist for Tops in Blue, a program for musically-gifted airmen.

March 29, 2018

Soldier-Geologist Maintains Helicopters in Iraq

Army Spc. Kathleen Scanlon, an aircraft power plant repairer with the Rhode Island Army National Guard works with her fellow soldiers to troubleshoot and correct maintenance issues for the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade’s Black Hawks and CH-47 Chinooks flying in support of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.

March 29, 2018

Face of Defense: Soldier Breaks Through ‘Glass Ceiling’

New Jersey Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kristina Sofchak, a Black Hawk helicopter maintenance test pilot, says that her mother would always challenge her to think outside the box when it came to her career plans. Sofchak was also inspired in the 1980s by women such as Lynn Rippelmeyer, who became the first woman to fly a Boeing 747.

March 28, 2018

Face of Defense: Single Parents Lead Households, Squadrons

Air Force Lt. Col. Carina Harrison and Air Force Lt. Col. Stacie Voorhees are both single parents who juggle the competing priorities of family and squadron leadership. Harrison has a 15-year-old daughter and Voorhees has two young girls. The women say being flexible when blending their military careers with family life has allowed them to succeed at both.

March 27, 2018

Face of Defense: ‘Green to Gold’ Soldier Excited About New Challenges

Army Spc. Mcneil Edmonds may seem like any other soldier in today’s Army, but he’s on a path toward becoming a commissioned officer. The Army’s Green to Gold program provides selected soldiers the opportunity to complete their baccalaureate degree requirements and obtain a commission through participation in the ROTC scholarship program.

March 26, 2018

Face of Defense: Identical Twins Serve in Same Air Force Squadron

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chris Engelke was born first, one minute ahead of his brother, Air Force 1st Lt. Cody Engelke. The identical twins are both highly competitive with each other and love sports and academics. They also both enjoy the satisfaction that comes with serving their country.

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