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.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Welders at sea

Justin Delgado, 19, is serving on-board the USS Benfold(DDG-65)serving in the Pacific and are Home-ported in San Diego. Justin is in the center of the image along with 2 of his Shipmates. They are Welders in the R-Division(Repair-Division). They take care of the plumbing, the air conditioning, basically all the functions of the ship. Currently they are doing operations between Alaska/San Diego.

-- Jesse Delgado of San Antonio, Texas
Three kids, one on the way

This is my husband, Army Chaplain Matthew Cassady, and three kids at my husband's Chaplain Officer Basic Course Graduation April 2005. My husband is serving in the Army as a Chaplain. He is currently deployed to Afghanistan. He has been deployed one other time to Afghanistan from 07/05 to 11/05. We have three children and one on the way. We love the Army and are all proud to be serving our country!

-- Rachel Cassady of Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
'Professional soldier, proud mom'

Attached is a photo of one of my many deployed friends and fellow Quartermaster Warrant Officer. CW3 Cathy Young is an extremely talented dedicated leader who prides herself in providing the warfighter with premium support! She is the typical modern soldier in uniform; a professional soldier and proud mom.

-- Peter Dancy of Dallas, Texas
First deployment

My son, Marine Lance Corporal Andrew Ortiz is serving at Camp Ramadi in Iraq. He's been there for 2 months now, his first deployment. We love him, we miss him, we are ready for him to come home. We are just so proud of him.I would like him to be honored by y'all because we watch your show every morning and we'd love to see him there. It's great that you have a spot for our military in your program... it means a lot to the families, I promise it does! Thank you!

-- Audra Ebel of Midland, Texas
Love from Ft. Stewart

I wanted to send in a picture of my husband Nathaniel G. Hemric. He is currently serving another tour in Iraq, he has been gone since November 27th 2006, and is due home sometime between February-March 2008. He is apart of the 293rd MP Company 385th Mp Battalion out of Fort Stewart Georgia. He's taken lots of pics in Iraq so I decided to send u this one. Nathaniel is constantly busy, works very hard and I talk to him from time to time when he has any free time to talk to me. But i would like to share this with u cause his unit didn't and hasn't got much media attention.

-- Sharon Hemric of Fort Stewart, Georgia
'Keep safe little brother'

Photo of Spc James E Roberts Jr. on a transport plane outside Tilo AFB in Iraq. We love you and miss you Jim. Even though you are far away We know that you are being watched over. Keep safe little Brother Love always Kim.

-- Kim Beaudoin of Arizona
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Proud of dad

My wonderful husband of almost 18 years, a soldier for almost 15 years, CPT Michael Ramos, is a Physician Assistant for 2/325 AIR, with the 82ABN. He is at a little COP in Sadr City, that they call COP Ford, which is named after a soldier that they lost. Our two children, Matthew and Ashley, as well as his parents, Richard and Joyce, are very proud of him.

-- Lugina Ramos of Fayetteville, North Carolina
Monday, May 28, 2007
'My hero and my rock'

I would like to salute my husband SPC Raymond Dunnavant. He is currently 11 months into a 15 month deployment with the 3rd Brigade 2nd Infantry Division in Baghdad, Iraq, as a Stryker driver. He is the very first thing that I think of every morning and the last lingering thought before I fall asleep at night. He is my hero and my rock. In a recent letter he states: "No matter how much this war has taken from us and no matter how much we've changed our love will keep. It will grow and flourish, just like the garden we will plant together. It will radiate through our children and brighten the lives of all our family and friends. There has never been a prouder husband. I am longing for the moment that brings us as one, because just being in your presence completes me..." I could never state my love quite as perfectly as he does. My sweet darling husband I love you.

-- Andrea Dunnavant of Lakewood, Washington
Ian & Sally

Our only child Robert "Ian" Leatherwood is 21 years old and is serving with the 2-505 PIR (Parachute Infantry Regiment), 82nd Airborne Division in Samarrah Iraq. He volunteered to join the Army because he wanted to make a difference. I of course hesitated because I knew he would end up in Iraq, but I support him and his decision to join 110%. He and all the soldiers are very precious and I pray for their safe return every day, as I hope all Americans do.

The photo was taken recently 4/21/07 when he came home for his 2-week leave. One of our dogs, Sally, came up to shake his had and give him a smile. I'm not sure people realize how the soldiers' pets miss them too.

-- Leslie Leatherwood of Valle De Oro, Texas
Tribute to past and present

My son, SRA Bradley Grissom, 824 SFS/Moody AFB returned from a tour of duty to Baghdad, Iraq in December. His job was dangerous keeping a highly trained, watchful eye out for his team and also providing medic aid to any soldier or Iraqi who needed care. While deployed he sent me the following thought in one of so many e-mails: "I'm happy to go through hell and see unimaginable things to keep ya'll safe." Brad carried the memory of another hero into the battlefield, a copper wristband honoring the memory of a grandfather who also enlisted to protect our country. My son never had the honor of meeting his grandfather; he will never really know how remarkably alike he is to my dad. As a teenager I lost my father and my hero. What I have gained is the privilege of being the Mom of an outstanding brave Airman, my son; my hero!

-- Jane Grissom-Galvin of Highland Village, Texas
'Our son, our hero'

Robin, My son, PFC Adam Leppert, is with the 82nd Airborne, 1st Brigade, 2nd Battalion in Ft. Bragg, NC. I watched all of your show this morning. It was wonderful! Adam is 19 years old and will be deployed to Iraq for his 1st tour of duty in June. Adam has talked about going into the military since he was 13 years old after 9/11. I never gave it much thought until he actually enlisted and my husband and I and our three other children are so proud of him. During Adam's Airborne graduation, my husband got to pin his old Airborne wings on Adam as he too had graduated from Airborne school. The day of his graduation, it was 19 years to the day that my husband enlisted in the military himself. It was a proud moment for us!

-- Tara Noble of Greenfield, Indiana
The crew

There is a big group of folks that we are overlooking with our salutes. Civil Service, of which my husband, Ron, (4th from right, front row) is one of. He is 63 years old , retired U.S. Army but still involved. He has served in Bosnia, Kuwait (2), IRAQ (2). These men wear the same uniform as our active duty soldiers, just a different hat. They are exposed to the same dangers though most of them do not carry weapons. They are there to support our soldiers. These are great men and women and deserve recognition too. As an Army wife I can identify with these family members that are dealing with this today. This photo was taken in 2003, he returned home in Feb 2004. He went right back, only to Iraq in May 2004, and again in January 2005. He has been home since then, working at Ft. Stewart supporting 3rd ID. He is also the love of my life and my husband of 40 Years.

-- Linda Wilson of Lyons, Georgia
Serena and Dad

My husband Sgt. Steve Lischalk is currently serving at Camp Anaconda, Iraq with the 146 Multi-Medical Battalion as the Supply Sergeant/Armor. On June 28, 2006 -- one week before he left -- our daughter, Serena, turned one year old. He was recently home for a visit and now Serena can talk/walk and a lot of other things. It's very sad that he missed such a special time with his daughter, but he truly believes in what he is doing and we are very proud of him. Like I said Steve was recently home for a visit and the two of them had a wonderful time, of course it wasn't so fun when he had to leave again. I wanted to submit this picture -- because it shows how much we sacrifice as a family. We are looking forward to the 146MMB returning home after a 16 month tour.

-- Victoria Lischalk of Lansing, Michigan
Saturday, May 19, 2007
'My wonderful husband'

Here is a photo of my wonderful husband, Sgt. First Class Scarborough, who is currently serving proudly in Afghanistan. He is a platoon SGT with the infantry. He and his men are there on a Taliban hunt with the 4/73 Cavalry Division from Ft. Bragg. This picture was taken in April of 2007 in Afghanistan with one of the locals. Enjoy!

-- Angela Scarborough of Sanford, North Carolina
Thursday, May 17, 2007
'Proud father of two great young men'

Two of my sons are stationed in Iraq. Capt. Benjamin Ausbrooks, a Marine, is a fighter pilot stationed in Haditha. His younger brother Pfc. Perry Ausbrooks, right, is also in Iraq with the U.S. Army.

-- (Proud father of two great young men) R. Sandy Ausbrooks of Palm Coast, Florida
'Miss him every minute of every day'

This is my fiance, Cpl. Dallas D. Miller (top, second from the right, wearing glasses) and his squad out at sea. They're all in infantry and will be arriving at Iraq any day. ... My fiance has been out on ship for almost one and a half months. It's been the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with.

I won't be able to see him for 6 more months, at least. I pray for him and the other troops every day. I'm waiting for his safe return so that we may get married and begin our lives together with my 8-year-old son in Austin, Texas. I miss him every minute of every day!

-- Natalie Hernandez of Lake Forest, California
'Salute my daddy'

Please salute my daddy (Donald Angel, U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division) and keep him safe. He is on his way to Iraq. I am 5 months old now and when he gets back I will big and strong like him. Please keep him safe and in your thoughts. Love Baby Dakota Angel (My hero is my daddy)

-- Michelle and Dakota Angel of Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
'Truly my hero'

I am married to PFC Christopher Berns stationed in Baghdad, Iraq with the 2nd Battalion-69th Armored Regiment, attached to the 3rdBDE, 3rd Infantry Division! He drives an M1A1 Abrams Tank, but they spend a lot of time out of the tanks on patrol! Our first wedding anniversary is coming up in early June! He is truly my hero and I can't wait for him and his fellow soldiers to return home safe and sound! "Speed and Power!"

-- Amanda Berns of China Grove, North Carolina
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
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Turning 21 in Iraq

Cpl Verhagen, USMC, is currently deployed to Falluja, Iraq with the 2nd Battalion, Alpha Company, Scout Platoon. His responsibilies include patrolling and monitoring the surrounding areas. This is his 2nd deployment to Iraq and while there he will celebrate his 21st birthday in June. Aaron is a loving, kind, and thoughtful brother, uncle, son, and grandson. He is adored by his 3 older sisters, one of which is serving in Afghanistan with the USAF. Aaron has wanted to be a Marine since he was a little boy, following in the footsteps of our dad. We are proud of his service to our country, and we pray everyday for his safe return home in November '07.

Thank you for the opportunity to honor my Brother! Previously you saluted my Sister, Buffie Verhagen. She is featured in Part 2 of "Salute the Troops". My family is proud to have 2 of our own serving this country, and we are thankful there are people like you out there who appreciate them as well!

-- Hollie Reno of Kingwood, Texas
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Happy Mother's Day from Baghdad

This is Sgt Marcus Randolph, he is a dear friend of our family. My husband and he served in Iraq once together, and now Marcus is serving his third tour. I am a VERY new mother and Marcus sent this photo to me along with my first Mother's Day card all the way from Baghdad, Iraq. He has the biggest heart. He looks big and tough, but he's really just a big teddy bear and a wonderful man! :)

-- Kellen Stone of Lawton, Oklahoma
Friday, May 4, 2007
A daughter re-enlists

I guess apples don’t fall too far from the tree ... I am a Vietnam veteran (while in the US Navy), a Desert Storm veteran (while in the Army), and a US Army retiree. My daughter, Becky James, is currently serving in Afghanistan. She is a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force's Security Forces. After four years of service in the Air Force, she recently decided to commit to another four years. Here is a photo of her re-enlisting on April 6th while in Kandahar.

Her husband, SSgt Mark James, and older brother, TSgt Mark Kerr, are also serving in the Air Force. I have included another photo taken a couple of years ago of all four of us. I wish to salute all three of them. God Bless them ... and God Bless America.

-- Sgt Robert Kerr, USAR retired, of Fort Wayne, Indiana
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
'We all miss you'

All of us here at Florida Gulf Coast University wish you the best. We all miss you and hope you are staying safe. You are always in our thoughts. Hope to see you soon. FGCU.

Chief Warrant Officer Paul Allen is an Applications Specialist within Florida Gulf Coast University, information Systems department. He is our friend and co-worker. We all wanted to let him know that we are eagerly waiting for him to come back and want him to be safe over there. We all remember him and miss him a lot. Wish him all the best.

-- Sonny Gulati of Fort Myers, Florida
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Hooser family

Hello, my soldier is my husband, SSG James P. Hooser in the U.S. Army. He is currently stationed in Taji, Iraq with the 1st Brigade 1st Cav Div. He is in the group affected by the resent extension. I have included a photo of my husband, my son (Dustyn Dyer) and myself. This is my husband's second tour to Iraq, this one planning to be 15 months rather than the 12 months like before. He has served in the U.S. Army for 8 years now. If you are allowed to pass a message out to him please tell him that his family and friends back home miss him dearly and for him to keep safe and get the job done and hurry home!! Thank you for all of the support.

-- LaDon Hooser of Killeen, Texas
On CNN TV
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