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

Army Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, a military nurse and cancer survivor, displays her prosthetic leg to nurses of William Beaumont Army Medical Center’s surgical ward at Fort Bliss, Texas, where she shared her experiences during her fight with synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, April 6, 2017. Elmlinger, who is coaching and mentoring wounded warriors during this year’s Department of Defense Warrior Games, visited with staff members to help them understand the impact medical staff can have on patients. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez
Face of Defense: Army Nurse Shares Insight on Cancer Battle Army Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, a military nurse, visited with nurses at William Beaumont Army Medical Center's surgical ward on Fort Bliss, Texas, where she shared the story of her battle with synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer that eventually caused the amputation of her left leg.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Megan Schreder administers fitness tests inside Baker Field House at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 2, 2017. Schreder is a services craftsman for the Alaska Air National Guard’s 168th Force Support Flight. When not wearing Air Force camouflage, she is a full-time elementary school teacher in Fairbanks, Alaska, and is in her second year of teaching. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mae Olson
Face of Defense: Airman Applies Lessons Inside, Outside Classroom Air Force Staff Sgt. Megan Schreder wears two hats: she's an elementary school teacher as well as an Alaska Air National Guard member. When in uniform, she performs the duties of a services craftsman for the 168th Force Support Squadron. When Schreder is out of her camouflage, she dons the uniform of a fifth-grade teacher.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jean-Paul Williams, 168th Force Support Squadron services craftsman, administers physical fitness tests during monthly training at Baker Field House, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 2, 2017. As a unit fitness program manager, Williams ensures that airmen are current with their PT tests and implements training plans for those who need extra motivation. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Mae S. Olson
Face of Defense: Airman Fights for Fitness Air Force Staff Sgt. Jean-Paul Williams employs exercise to improve his physique and to set a physical fitness example to younger airmen. Williams has participated in nine fitness competitions, qualifying for nationals eight times. Most recently he competed in the Washington Iron Man competition.

Navy Lt. Brendan Geoghegan has been selected for the Computer Network Operations Development Program, a prestigious, but technically demanding, three-year internship that would culminate in him graduating as one of the leading computer networking experts in the Department of Defense. Navy illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Russel Schnaare
Face of Defense: Navy Lieutenant Aspires to be Cyber Warrior Navy Lt. Brendan Geoghegan was selected for a prestigious, but technically demanding, three-year internship that would culminate in him graduating as one of the Defense’s Department’s leading computer networking experts.The information system security manager for U.S. 7th Fleet is among only 20 Navy applicants selected annually for the program.

Navy Fireman Ian Palmer, assigned to Assault Craft Unit 4, poses on top of an air-cushion landing craft aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, March 28, 2017. Mesa Verde is deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brent Pyfrom
Face of Defense: Sailor Keeps Small-Town Values While Serving Navy Fireman Ian Palmer, a gas turbine electrical systems technician, is proud of his small-town upbringing in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He is motivated by the responsibilities of taking care of his family and he applies the things he learned while growing up to his work in the Navy.

Air Force 1st Lt. Tyesha McBride, the 99th Mission Support Group’s executive officer, is presented with a certificate of achievement for completing her cancer treatment at the Mike O’Callaghan Medical Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 21, 2017. McBride was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, which is a cancer of the lymphatic system. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Byrnes
Face of Defense: Airman Won't Let Cancer Diagnosis Define Her "You have cancer," are the three words no one ever wants to hear. When Air Force 1st Lt. Tyesha McBride heard them she was shocked, but she said it was a challenge she knew she would overcome. McBride took the battle against Hodgkin's lymphoma one day at at time.

Army Sgt. Bryttany Gant, an awards noncommissioned officer for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, loads weight onto a weight bar, while working out before work at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, March 25, 2017. Gant’s spare time is spent working out, training soldiers and ensuring that she never has idle hands. Army photo by Sgt. Bethany Huff
Face of Defense: Soldier's Attitude, Work Ethic Inspires Others Army Sgt. Bryttany Gant, an awards noncommissioned officer for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, said she doesn’t consider herself to be anyone special, and simply strives to do the best job she can. But her coworkers say that Gant motivates others with her positive attitude and drive to succeed.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Rebekah Miller stands in front of the Torrington police department in her police uniform, in Torrington, Wyo., March 10, 2017. Miller has been with the Wyoming Air National Guard for six years and is serving as a command post specialist. She has also been an officer with the Torrington police department for two years. Wyoming Air National Guard photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Charles Delano
Face of Defense: Airman Balances Guard Service, Civilian Job Air Force Staff Sgt. Rebekah Miller stands in front of the Torrington police department in her police uniform in Torrington, Wyoming. Miller has been with the Wyoming Air National Guard for six years and is serving as a command post specialist. She has also been an officer with the Torrington police department for two years.

Army Staff Sgt. Jessica Thibeau, with the South Carolina Army National Guard’s 59th Aviation Troop Command, observes from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during efforts to fight South Carolina wildfires, Nov. 24, 2016. South Carolina Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine
Face of Defense: Guardsman Saves Lives As Civilian, Soldier Soldiers join the military for many reasons, including family traditions, idols they’ve seen in the media, or to make their childhood dreams come true. For South Carolina Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jessica Thibeau, exposure to the military came from all over -- a family filled with combat veterans, a community full of Vietnam veterans and a television show.

Iowa Army National Guard Maj. Jill Finkel, left, pins a new gold leaf rank insignia on Massachusetts Army National Guard Maj. Molly Alesch during her promotion ceremony at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., March 17, 2017. Finkel and Alesch are sisters and their youngest sister, Army Spc. Kristen Alesch, who serves in the Tennessee National Guard, also attended the promotion ceremony. Massachusetts Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Whitney Hughes
Face of Defense: Three Sisters Serve in Three Different Guard Units When Massachusetts National Guard Army Maj. Molly Alesch spoke at her promotion ceremony, she recalled that her father, too, had served in the Army. However, when it came to her inspiration to serve she turned to the audience, where her sister, Army Maj. Jill Finkel of the Iowa National Guard, beamed with pride.