Troop Salute

William Johnson and Scott Murray Jr.

The Troop Salute is your opportunity to honor the soldiers, sailors, Marines, and Airmen in your lives. I want to hear all about the people you're proud of because we're all proud of them and grateful for their service. P1 Bailey Johnson is lucky enough to have two family members to salute here today. Staff…

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Command Master Sergeant Bennie Adkins of the US Army

Today we salute an incredible soldier who fought through impossible odds for his nation but now faces a new battle. This soldier took the burden upon himself to save the lives of many of his fellow soldiers in a war that many thought was not their problem and now through a brutal twist of fate…

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Austin Thompson of the US Army

I get a lot of salutes from parents and spouses, friends of the troops, and often even from other troops. But there's something special about getting a salute from a sibling. Salutes from siblings are special because you just know that younger brother or sister really looks up to their proudly serving sibling. And if it's…

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Henry “Mike” Pokrzywka of the US Air Force

When you love your nation, and you love to be in the service of this nation, then a job in the military won't really feel like much of a job at all. Today we salute Henry "Mike" Pokrzywka of the United States Air Force. Mike loved serving in this nation's Air Force.  He enlisted in…

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Carl and Jacob Briels of the US Army

Today's Troop Salute is doing double duty as we salute two soldiers and two brothers. This salute was provided by a very proud and loving mother, a P1 by the name of Tracie Briels. Today we are saluting Carl Briels AND Jacob Briels, BOTH of the United States Army. Tracie says she always knew her…

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James Hammer of the US Navy

The US Navy serves proudly, protecting our nation and keeping the seas safe around the entire globe. Although the mission of the Navy is primarily above and below the oceans, there exists an entire segment of the Navy whose sailors are trained to work almost entirely on land. The “SeaBees” is the name given to the…

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Anthony Gamboa of the US Marine Corps

It truly is my honor to be able to share your pride and your respect for the people who make this great country possible. Today we are saluting Sergeant Christopher Anthony Gamboa of the United States Marine Corps. Usually I know who sent in the salute, but this one didn't have a name or a…

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Angelo Baluca of the US Navy

There are as many reasons to join the military as there are individuals serving in our military. Today we salute Operations Specialist 2nd Class Angelo Baluca of the United States Navy who says he joined the Navy on a kind of a whim. The Kent native says "When I joined the Navy, it was completely random;…

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Don Leonard of the US Army

The experience a soldier has in war can be exciting or terrifying.  The experience can be tedious or it can be fulfilling. No matter what kind of experience a soldier has in war, they return home with their memories, and probably a few life-long buddies. Not every serviceman likes to share stories of their "adventures"…

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James Elder of the United States Army

Helping to honor our veterans and service people is a real privilege for us. We want to share your respect and appreciation for the people in your life who have given back to the nation. Today we are Honoring James Elder of the United States Army. James proudly served this nation for 24 years.  He…

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