Family, friends, and sometimes even troops themselves send I-Report salutes nearly every day to U.S. military serving their country away from home. Take a look below as family and friends share stories of the troops they love.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Plans to retire when she gets home

This picture is of First Sergeant Randi Hamden, she is currently the First Sergeant for the Phoenix Academy in Taji, Iraq. This is her third deployment and she is scheduled to return the first week of June. She is an incredible, professional and amazing woman that has served with the United States Army for 24 years.

She plans on retiring upon her return from Iraq and settling at Fort Riley, Kansas. She is absolutely the best Noncommissioned Officer I have ever served with and we are all so very proud of her and wish her a safe return. She loves watching CNN Headline News and wakes up every morning in Iraq to Robin & Company. She told me it makes her feel close to home to hear your familiar voice. Thank you for everything you do to support all the soldiers fighting the war on terrorism both in Iraq and Afganistan.

-- Angela Martin of Manhattan, Kansas
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