Four-year-old Paige Bennethum really, really didn't want her daddy to go to Iraq. So much so, that when Army Reservist Staff Sgt. Brett Bennethum lined up in formation at his deployment this July, she couldn't let go. No one had the heart to pull her away. (www.nbcphiladelphia.com)
From the 2011 Military Photographer of the Year competition. Former Senior Airman Brian Kolfage holds his wife, Ashley, on his lap as the couple looks out over the water on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Kolfage is the most injured surviving Airman from any war.