Troop Salute

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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Jason Franks of the US Navy

The Service has changed a lot during it's nearly 250 years in this country. Muskets and cannon were replaced by M-16's and smart missiles. Biplanes and spotting balloons were replaced by Next-gen stealth fighters and satellites. And couriers and secret codes have been replaced by computers and encryption. But all this new equipment and capability still serves the…

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Dylan Thompson of the USMC

Some of proudest Troop Salutes come from moms and the dads who are always so happy that their son or daughter has found their calling, and stepped up to serve. But I also really love the salute submissions that I receive from siblings. I think there's something special in a salute from a troop's brother…

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US Presidents Who Have Served

Today we stop and think about the men who lead us, and helped shape this country into what it is from the very highest seat of leadership.  But I would like to use this troop salute to honor those presidents who served in our nation’s military. We all know about the exploits of General George Washington…

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