Long before U.S. Air Force Capt. Joel Gentz helped save 39 lives as an elite combat rescue officer in Afghanistan, he was in love with exploring the universe.
“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike,” John Steinbeck wrote in “Travels with Charley: In Search of America.”
On Aug. 31, Staff Sgt. Joshua Bowden was busy doing what thousands of American troops are still doing in Afghanistan.
Five years ago, Cpl. Geoffrey Scarborough was in the same position as millions of young Americans.
Nearly a decade before Lance Cpl. Kielin Dunn raised his right hand and swore to defend the United States, he knew which uniform he wanted to wear.
“I’m not sure what all the hubbub is all about,” New York Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua Young reportedly said after receiving the Bronze Star with Valor on July 19.
Whenever U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jason Barfield called his parents from Afghanistan, he had the same message.
For most Americans, summer is a time for vacations, barbeques and beaches.