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.
Friday, July 13, 2007
'Serving as a single mom'


SSgt Candice Pepitone has been serving in the USAF for the past five years as an Aerospace Propulsion Craftsman (or woman) otherwise known as a jet engine mechanic. She joined the Air Force as soon as she could after high school. The past year she has been serving as a single Mom due the fact that I was involuntarily stationed in California 4 months before her birth.

Candice has not missed a beat since our daughters birth. She has deployed twice and has continued to progress in her career. I just wanted her to be recognized for all her hard work, dedication, and sacrifice to our country. I love her very much and want to thank her for everything she does to ensure our daughter is well taken care of and hope that someday we can be a family together.

-- Cy Eckhardt of California City, California
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