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"Face of Defense," a news feature published Monday through Friday, highlights a personal story behind people who serve the nation.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kendell Nielsen, a bioenvironmental engineer technician assigned to the 173rd Medical Group, Oregon Air National Guard, stows away luggage onto a truck after arriving in Molokai, Hawaii, for Tropic Care Maui County 2018, Aug. 10, 2018. Tropic Care Maui County 2018, held August 11-19, provided training to medical service members and support personnel to prepare them for future deployments while providing direct and lasting benefits to the people of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. Air National Guard photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Lonnie Wiram
Airlift Manager Delivers on Contingency Travel Plan Air Force Master Sgt. Michelle Kelly, an airlift manager with the Oregon Air National Guard’s 173rd Fighter Wing, provided a successful contingency travel plan for Tropic Care Maui County 2018, a joint training mission providing no-cost medical, dental, and vision services to people living on the Hawaiian Islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

Army Spc. Marqueze McGee, a motor transport operator assigned to the Mississippi Army National Guard’s Alpha Company, 106th Brigade Support Battalion, finds time to work on his music while deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Aug. 4, 2018. Mississippi Army National Guard photo by Spc. Jovi Prevot
Soldier Produces Beats in Off-Duty Time Army Spc. Marqueze McGee, a motor transport operator deployed to Kuwait, finds time to work on his dream of becoming a beat music producer.

Air Force Airman 1st Class David Mapel, a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft special mission aviator student assigned to the 58th Training Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., is following in the footsteps of his father, left, Chief Master Sgt. Mark Mapel, the chief enlisted manager for standards and evaluations with 1st Special Operations Group at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II
Son Follows Father’s Path to Air Force Air Force Airman 1st Class David Mapel is following in the footsteps of his father, Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Mark Mapel, as a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft special mission aviator.

Army Sgt. Siaka Diambou, a motor transport operator for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 1067th Composite Truck Company, serves a duty shift at the motor pool in Fort Irwin, Calif., July 31, 2018. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Claire A. Charles
Guardsman Enjoys Job, Furthers Education “I find my job very exciting and satisfying because I transport key supplies, such as food, clothing, fuel and equipment, to the units I am assigned,” said Army Sgt. Siaka Diambou, a motor transport operator and a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, who was born in Mali and immigrated to the United States eight years ago to seek an education and provide a better life for his wife and daughter.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Psalmbrea Noel Doss is a personnel specialist with the Washington Air National Guard’s 194th Force Support Squadron at Camp Murray, Wash. Doss heard about the Air National Guard through her mother, who was also once a personnel specialist in the Air Force. Air National Guard photo by Airman First Class Mckenzie Airhart
Airman Continues Family’s Military Tradition After high school, Air Force Staff Sgt. Psalmbrea Noel Doss wanted to move away from Washington state in search of new experiences and a college education.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Thinh Huynh runs stairs during physical training at Fort Bragg, N.C., Aug. 1, 2018. Army photo by Spc. Alleea Oliver
Vietnam Native Finds Success in U.S. Army Army Command Sgt. Maj. Thinh Huynh left Vietnam 32 years ago as a 10-year-old boy. Today, Huynh serves as the senior enlisted advisor with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Air Force Capt. Stephen Cagle, 386th Expeditionary Medical Group deputy chief medical officer, left, stands with his brother, Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Cagle, 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron cyber transport supervisor, after administering the oath of enlistment to him at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, July 21, 2018. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable
Deployed Brothers Reunite for Reenlistment Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Cagle reunited with his older brother, Air Force Capt. (Dr.) Stephen Cagle, 386th Expeditionary Medical Group deputy chief medical officer, at his July 21 reenlistment ceremony in Southwest Asia.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Wright, a hospital corpsman and preventive medicine technician at Naval Branch Health Clinic Kingsville, Texas, checks the gas flow on a ‘mosquito magnet’ trap, July 11, 2018. Navy photo by Rod Hafemeister
Sailor Helps Battle Mosquito-Borne Diseases Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Wright hates mosquitoes with a passion and tracks their populations in an effort to prevent the spread of disease.

Mustak Keval poses for a photo at Travis Air Force, Calif., July 23, 2018, Keval, a Ugandan refugee spent more than 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and continues to serve airmen and their families. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Carter
Former Airman Enjoys Second Career With Air Force “We really are a nation of immigrants,” said Mustak Keval, the 60th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center’s flight chief.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kristofer D. Wilson, a ship serviceman and recruiter assigned to Navy Recruiting District Los Angeles, speaks to a potential applicant at a recruiting station in Inglewood, Calif., July 18, 2018. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Perez
Navy Recruiter Enjoys Mentoring Sailors Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kristofer D. Wilson said the Navy helps him to develop new skills and provides the opportunity to train and mentor the next generation of sailors.