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Devotion to military runs deep for Puerto Rican family
September 24, 2019
U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Ernesto Lopez Jr., left, Air Force Airman Basic Jennifer Lopez-Falcon, Airman 1st Class Joanna Lopez, and Senior Airman Ernesto Lopez-Falcon pose for a family photo after Airman Jennifer Lopez-Falcon's basic military training graduation at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2019.

Flying Yankees welcome honorary 'Pilot for a Day'
September 24, 2019
Jadiel Aponte, 103rd Airlift Wing honorary Pilot for a Day, breathes through an oxygen mask at the 103rd Operations Group aircrew flight equipment section during the 103rd Airlift Wing’s annual Pilot for a Day event at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Conn. Sept. 19, 2019. The program puts the wing in partnership with local hospitals to identify a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness and bring them on base to meet members of the wing and learn about its mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Tucker)

POW MIA Recognition Day - One MANG Soldier's Story
September 20, 2019
Sergeant 1st Class Jessica Biggins presents her grandfather Clifford Benoit with an Army Service Uniform (ASU) jacket representing his 33 years in service. Benoit is a veteran of the Korean War, during which he was a POW for three years.

1st Lt. Vivian Roberts: Only Georgia National Guard WWI POW
September 20, 2019
Vivian Roberts, the only Georgia Guardsman POW during World War I, in his American Legion uniform. Roberts was shot in the leg and captured by German soldiers in France in 1918. After the war, he served as clerk of Bibb County Superior Court in Georgia.

'Pilot for a Day' at the 179th Airlift Wing
September 19, 2019
Ayden Houston, 6, walks with aircrew to the flight line after being named honorary "Pilot for a Day" Sept. 15, 2019, at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio. The 164th Airlift Squadron collaborated with A Special Wish Foundation of Cleveland to provide Ayden with the unique experience. He has been battling a variety of health issues since birth.

Michigan Guardsman decorated posthumously for organ donation
September 17, 2019
Michigan National Guard Staff Sgt. Justin Skaggs, a Soldier with the 1225th Support Battalion, Detroit, Mich., died after a motorcycle accident May 23. His decision to be an organ donor saved several lives.

Army Guard EOD Soldier disarms life’s challenges
September 16, 2019
Army Staff Sgt. William Eisenhart, the explosive ordnance disposal operations noncommissioned officer in charge with the Army National Guard's operations directorate, stands in front of the Herbert R. Temple Jr. Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington Hall Station, Aug. 19, 2019.

NY National Guard cavalry troopers earn their spurs
September 13, 2019
Sgt. Jake Napier, a truck commander assigned to Alpha Troop, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, scans the area with binoculars, while Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Roeser, the 2-101st senior enlisted Soldier, provides security during the squadron spur ride at the Youngstown Local Training Area in Youngstown, N.Y., Sep 7, 2019.

JROTC cadets become Flying Yankees for the day
September 11, 2019
Torrington High School Junior ROTC cadets tour Bradley Air National Guard Base, April 23, 2019,in East Granby, Conn. Cadets learned about the responsibilities of Connecticut Air National Guard operations and maintenance specialists.

Women join ranks of cavalry scouts in Nebraska
September 9, 2019
Sgt. Danielle Martin negotiates an obstacle during the 1-134th Cavalry Squadron's spur ride during annual training in the Republic of Korea June 17, 2019.