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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 2nd Lt. Sidney Peters, who just began her studies as a first-year medical student at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., is shown in her goalie gear as a member of the University of Minnesota women’s ice hockey team. Peters has been named as one of the NCAA's Top 30 Woman of the Year honorees. NCAA/University of Minnesota courtesy photo by Sarah E. Marshall
Goalie-Turned-Air Force Officer Earns NCAA Accolades Air Force 2nd Lt. Sidney Peters, the four-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association Scholar-Athlete, WCHA All-Academic, Academic All-Big Ten honoree and 2018 Hockey Humanitarian Award recipient, has been named as one of the NCAA’s Top 30 Woman of the Year honorees for her excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

The Puerto Rico Air National Guard’s state air surgeon, Col. Victor Toraño, poses for a photo during Innovative Readiness Training Ola de Esperanza Sanadora in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Sept. 5, 2018. Toraño served as both a community partner and helped with logistics planning for the mission. Puerto Rico Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Francine St Laurent
Dual-Hatted Doctor Serves as Community Partner At every Innovative Readiness Training event there is a community partner: an agency or group that applies and asks for support in their area. IRT Ola de Esperanza Sanadora is unique in that its community partner is also a member of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard.

Army Sgt. Tyler Martin sets up a recruiting stand in Monson, Mass., July 4, 2018. Martin spent 30 days in Monson as part of the Special Recruiter Assistance Program. Courtesy photo
Soldier Leads Way in New Recruiter Program Army Sgt. Tyler Martin, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear noncommissioned officer with the 24th Composite Transportation Company, was among the first wave of soldiers to participate in a Defense Department initiative -- the Special Recruiter Assistance Program.

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan – Military working dog Gage and Cpl. Alex Marquissee play with a tennis ball Aug. 31 at the kennels on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The tradition of using dogs during war times dates back thousands of years, but the U.S. military did not officially have military working dogs until World War I. Since that time the partnership between the canines and their human has grown. Marquissee is a military working dog handler and military police officer with 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelcey Seymour)
Marines Enjoy Duty as Military Police Working Dog Handlers Military occupational specialties are the foundation of the Marine Corps. Each MOS is a cog, working with and relying on the others to keep the fighting machine that is the Marine Corps running. Military working dog handlers are one such cog.

Benny, a dog being fostered by the Hale family, rests on a couch in Vail, Ariz., May 6, 2017. Benny was fostered by the Hale family for three months before he was fully healed and adopted. Courtesy photo
Airman, Veterinarian Wife Support Foster Animals Whether they are kept for a few weeks or a lifetime, animals in shelters and foster homes around the nation rely on dedicated and caring individuals that can help them find a forever home.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jose Sotocora poses for a photo at a Navy Recruiting District Miami recruiting office in Brandon, Fla., July 18, 2018. Sotocora is recognized as one of the Navy’s outstanding recruiters. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Latrice Ames
Navy Recruiter Shares ‘Formula’ for Success Hard-driving enlisted recruiter Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jose Sotocora is among Navy Recruiting District Miami’s top producers.

Army Capt. Jennifer Hawkins, medical provider for 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, reviews paperwork with her soldiers at the Kandahar Air Field NATO Role III Multinational Medical Unit in Afghanistan, Aug. 13, 2018. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield
Former Drill Sergeant Brings Leadership to Service Army Capt. Jennifer Hawkins works closely with enlisted health care specialists to ensure service members throughout Kandahar Air Field receive proper medical care.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin Somers conducts a radio check in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Aug. 29, 2018. Somers, an information technology specialist, is part of an integrated Navy and Marine Corps team. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. David Proffitt
Navy Computer Technician Trains New Marines, Sailors Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin Somers, an information technology specialist, is part of an integrated Navy and Marine Corps team that helps keep nearly 250 computers running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Kirsten E. Arends, a command post controller assigned to the New Hampshire Air National Guard’s 157th Air Refueling Wing, poses for a portrait at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., Aug. 8, 2018.New Hampshire Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla White
New Hampshire Airman Serves as Translator in El Salvador Air Force Staff Sgt. Kirsten E. Arends, a member of the New Hampshire Air National Guard, served as a translator in El Salvador as part of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program, which has joined El Salvador and the state of New Hampshire as strategic partners since 2000.

U.S. Army Capt. William Parker and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Bryan Parker, activated members of the Kentucky Army National Guard 613th Engineering Facilities Detachment, serve as contract officer representatives for Area Support Group-Kuwait Directorate of Public Works at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, August 6, 2018.
Army Brothers Bring Civilian Expertise to Deployment Kentucky Army National Guardsmen Capt. William Parker and his brother, Staff Sgt. Bryan Parker, are employing their engineering expertise as contract supervisors assigned to Area Support Group-Kuwait Directorate of Public Works, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.