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#Soldiers from the 44th Medical Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, are greeted by family and friends March 1, as they return to #Fort Bragg, N.C. after a yearlong #deployment to #Afghanistan.

When this guy says he would do anything to protect America, he means it.

He is a Chief Master Sergeant John Gebhardt in the USAF serving in Afghanistan As high as you can go in enlisted ranks (E-9) John Gebhardt's wife, Mindy, said that this little girl's entire family was executed. The insurgents intended to execute the little girl also, and shot her in the head... But they failed to kill her. She was cared for in John 's hospital and is healing up, but continues to cry and moan. The nurses said John is the only one who seems to calm her down, so Jo...

TEDxScottAFB - Victor Juhasz - Illustrating For The International Society Of War Artists [VIDEO] Victor serves on the board of directors of the Society of Illustrators and is a member of the USAF Art Program through the Society. Victor is also a member of the International Society of War Artists having embedded with an Army helicopter MEDEVAC unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan, accompanying them on missions recovering wounded NATO and Afghan troops and civilians.

Marines from Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman’s squad embrace each other after paying tribute to the fallen Marine’s monument during a memorial service at Patrol Base Jaker, Afghanistan, July 30. Wrightsman died supporting combat operations July 18. “He was like a dad to us,” Lance Cpl. Michael A. Barnhouse said. “He’d take us under his wing and make sure we didn’t mess up. If we did he wouldn’t yell at us, but show us what we did wrong and how to correct it.” Sgt. Mark Fayloga dvidshub.net/r/yl6vvp

Gunfighters by United States Marine Corps Official Page, via Flickr (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot)

More than 170 members of the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team returned home after spending more than 8 months in Afghanistan.

A Soldier from Angel Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) embraces his daughter while being recognized at a welcome home ceremony March 1 at the Fort Campbell Army Airfield when he returned from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

Traci Wise: I found my son sitting having a moment with his daddy (SFC Benjamin Wise) the other day. We lost him January 15 in Afghanistan… we cannot forget about the incredible loss these children must undertake.” ||Heartbreaking. REALLY makes me resent people like the MSNBC host who was conflicted about calling fallen soldiers heroes....The man in that picture is a hero to his son.

Lance Cpl. Jason Hallett and Staff Sergeant Michael R. Gilio, both of India Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, are reunited at the unit’s homecoming from Afghanistan earlier this week. Hallett has been recuperating at Bethesda Naval Medical Center since being wounded in October 2010.

The beautiful face of courage: Lance Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter USMC Carpenter, 21, of Gilbert lost the eye, most of his teeth and use of his right arm from a grenade blast Nov. 21 near Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Friends and family say he threw himself in front of the grenade to protect his best friend in Afghanistan, Cpl. Nick Eufrazio