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Aug. 28, 2018

Brothers Take Army Officer Candidate School Together

Jony and Ben Rogers come from a Pensacola, Florida, family of 13 children. Both brothers joined the Army, and both are now enrolled in the same class and platoon of Officer Candidate School.

Feb. 13, 2018

Face of Defense: Married Army Paratroopers Serve Together

Army Staff Sgts. Zachary and Michelle Evans have spent almost their entire military careers together. Both soldiers came into the Army as privates and have risen through the enlisted ranks together. While Zach beat Michelle to private first class, Michelle has beat him to every rank since; however, he has never been far behind her.

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. 3, 2017

Face of Defense: Cadet Encampment Brings Brothers Together

The Civil Air Patrol's Pennsylvania Wing Cadet Training Schools brought together more than 300 students here from diverse backgrounds across Pennsylvania, and two brothers who are Pennsylvania Air National Guardsmen and CAP members are serving in key leadership roles during the annual encampment.

June 20, 2017

Georgia Native Becomes Family's Seventh Marine

The white school bus sits idling as its passengers eagerly await what lies outside its folding doors. No one is certain what time it is, but the completely black skies outside the bus hint that midnight has come and gone. Despite all the nervous men on the bus, one sits calmly with his head down, staring at his legs.

June 19, 2017

Face of Defense: Married Soldiers Become Jumpmasters Together

Daniel and Angel Durkee first met during a high school chemistry class and the reaction was immediate. They started dating, but their bond would be tested as Daniel, a year older, graduated and joined the Army. Angel joined the Army after graduating the next year. The two were reunited at Fort Bragg, N.C., and married in 2016.

May 31, 2017

Face of Defense: Mother, Daughter Reflect on Air Guard Service

Although set on different paths for military service, Air Force Master Sgt. Peggy Schmidt and Staff Sgt. Nichole Jordan of the Arizona Air National Guard's 161st Air Refueling Wing have experienced a journey few airmen can claim -- one characterized by dedication, tradition, and ultimately, love.

May 2, 2017

Face of Defense: Mother, Son Serve Deployment Together

One of the most challenging parts of deployment for many soldiers is being away from friends and family. Soldiers and family members alike often lean on others who share a similar experience during long periods apart. But one family in the 1st Cavalry Division's 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team is sharing an experience to make deployment just a little bit easier.

May 1, 2017

Face of Defense: Siblings Serve Together as C-17 Pilots

Two pilots at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, share more than a workplace. They share blood. Air Force Capt. Gary Whiteman, assistant commander of the 14th Airlift Squadron's C Flight, and his sister, Air Force 1st Lt. Kristina Whiteman, 14th AS liaison officer, both are U.S. Air Force Academy graduates and C-17 Globemaster III pilots.

April 10, 2017

Face of Defense: Three Sisters Serve in 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.

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