Rich Blake during his career as a Marine, is pictured on an airfield in Okinawa, Japan in 2001. Blake will complete the final year of his doctoral program in psychology as an Army captain at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (Photo courtesy of Rich Blake)

Operation Return to Duty

26 April 2012

Rich Blake deployed to Iraq as a Marine infantryman, and is returning to duty almost a decade later as an Army psychologist.

Sgt. John Roland Rene, a U.S. Army Europe healthcare specialist, works the heavy bag in preparation for the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships that were held Feb. 27 through March 3 at Fort Carson, Colo. (Photo by Andreas Ewert)

Detours and back roads to a dream

20 April 2012

Sgt. John Roland Rene has always dreamed of fighting for his country in an Olympic boxing ring. Despite detours and obstacles, his dream remains.

Operation Homefront Army Child of the Year Amelia McConnell carries a 3.75 grade point average, plays varsity sports and dedicates many hours to her volunteer ventures. She is also an avid musician and plays guitar in her church band. (Photo courtesy of the McConnell family)

Carlisle teen named Army Child of the Year

18 April 2012

For 17-year-old Amelia McConnell, war, death, illness, family, friends, faith and spirit have all punctuated military life. Now, her sacrifices and achievements have been recognized by her selection as Army Child of the Year.