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.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
'Loves her daddy and the Army'
This is my husband, Staff Sergeant Steven Houghton with our five-year-old daughter, Kennedy. We are stationed at Ft Bragg, NC. This year he's home for his birthday. Two tours in Iraq and one to Korea under his belt. Third tour is coming up in Jan. Kennedy loves her daddy and the Army. We are very proud of all the great things he's done and he's proud of us too! He'll be gone for 15 months on his next tour...he'll be home after she turns seven!
-- Josie Houghton of Hope Mills, North Carolina
Saturday, October 27, 2007
'Just want him to know how proud we are'
I just want my son to know how proud I am that he is serving our country!! This is my 25 year old son, Justin Beecham. His wife Jen as well as his family await his safe return home. He's an 88M Motor Transporter Operator stationed in Iraq with his squad, the 206th TC. We wish him the best and just want him to know how proud we are of him!!
-- Paige Parker of Richlands, Virginia
'So eager to serve his country'
This picture was taken the day my cousin LCPL Mike Mercado Jr. graduated from boot camp. He is photographed with both of his parents Michael and Ovelia Mercado.
My cousin LCPL Mike Mercado is in the United States Marine Corps. He always talked about being in the Military since he was a child, at 19 years old he signed up. That summer after he graduated high school he was off to boot camp and actually left 3 months earlier because he was so eager to serve his country. This is his first year not at home for the upcoming holidays it will be a difficult one for the entire family. But we cannot wait until he is back home. And we all are very very proud of our Marine.
LCPL Mike Mercado is orginally from San Marcos, TX and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA. until he was deployed to Iraq this July. He is also part of an infantry unit while he is stationed in Iraq.
-- Amanda Zamora of San Marcos, Texas
Friday, October 19, 2007
'A last goodbye'
This my husband James and our 6-week-old daughter Ryleigh at Fort Riley, Kansas having a last goodbye before his 15-month deployment to Iraq. It was the saddest say we've ever experienced but are looking forward to the day we can rejoice over his homecoming!
-- Shannon of Fort Riley, Kansas
'We love and miss him bunches'
Matthew is on his 2nd tour, 1st was in Iraq at LSA Anaconda. Now he is in an undisclosed location in Kuwait. He is with 82 Airborne from From Ft. Bragg NC. We love and miss him bunches -- his family and friends.
-- Tedd & Marie Madara of Denver, Pennsylvania
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
'Sixth tour over Iraq'
I would greatly appreciate you honoring my brother, Captain Brent John Manbeck. He is an officer in the United States Air Force and is on on his 6th tour over in Iraq. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and now flies C130's.
-- Jill Strock of League City, Texas
'Married his elementary school sweetheart'
My nephew Lance Corporal Jared Boyd of the U.S. Marine Corps just ended his seven-month tour in Iraq and married his elementary school sweetheart Sarah Lenhart.
-- Lora Jenkins of Luray, Virginia
'A wonderful person'
PFC Joshua Reynolds is a wonderful person who had not a goal but a dream to become a U.S. Marine. He graduated Parris Island, South Carolina September 7, 2007, so satisfied. He has not yet served in Iraq and is on Camp Lejeune base in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Joshua is my brother and we are very proud of him. There are a lot of great people in the world, most of them not noticed. I support our troops.
-- Sarah Littlefield of Grantville, Georgia
'Waiting for your arrival'
This is Sgt. Steven Williams with 1-227th aviation, stationed out of Fort Hood, Texas. He is now in Taji, Iraq serving a 15 month tour. He will be home this coming December.
We miss you so much and are waiting for your arrival back at home.
-- Lisa Williams of Fort Hood, Texas
'So proud of him'
My husband, CPL Mark Opperman, is serving his second tour in Iraq. He is currently at Mahmudiyah. He is a (74D) NBC specialist and (13B) Field Artillery. We had our first child a daughter in May. We both are so proud of him and miss him so much.
-- Nikki Opperman of Hinesville, Georgia
Thursday, October 11, 2007
My Husband, Stephen Kneller, had this picture taken on the base where he is stationed in Iraq. It was taken in September 2007. Our 2 year old son Adler LOVES tractors so my husband sent this picture for him. I use the picture as the screen saver on our computer and everytime Adler see's it he says "Daddy tractor."
My Husband's birthday is this Friday, October 12th. He is serving in Iraq and is slated to be home in November. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! WE LOVE YOU! He is a member of the 122nd Fighter WIng in Ft. Wayne, IN Avionics division.
-- Kneller Family of Columbia City, Indiana
731st TC Company Security Forces. Rogue 16 Unit Kansas Army National Guard in Iraq. Sent in by Damen Therrell, for her fiance Spc. Josh Burrell, and his friends.
-- Damen Therrell of El Dorado, Kansas
The kid sitting down is my little brother, Nick. He just arrived in Kuwait to serve at a fire station on base. He is most upset about not being able to see the Buckeyes play this season and relays this to me every weekend when I send him the game updates. My parents and I are very proud of him and want to tell him Hi.
-- Mychal Murdock of Columbus, Ohio
The day he left
Salute to Specialist Todd from his wife and daughter. He is currently in Iraq with 3rd ID out of Ft. Benning and we are so very proud of him. We miss him bunches too! This picture was taken the morning in March 07 that his 15 month journey began.
-- Todd Family of Columbus, Georgia
Ghost Riders Platoon, Camp Warhorse. My son Chris, is the medic for a 4 humvee, 20 man security platoon. They are all brothers, committed to their job and getting each other back to Ft Hood Texas in the same condition as when they left. I am humbled by their bravery and committment to service.
I salute all the young men and women who chose to serve during wartime. Their unquestionable courage is a inspiration to all of us. I especially went to salute my son who is a medic with the Ghost Riders, a special security platoon at Camp Warhorse Iraq. These 20 men have done their mission well and hope to return to us by Christmas.
-- William Roebuck of Westerville, Ohio
Swearing in ceremony
A different Salute to the Troops -- Our son Zachary Holt just (red long sleeve shirt) enlisted in the US Army. This is a picture of he and 15 other brave young men and women at the swearing in ceremony just a few hours before they were sent to various bases for basic training. Zachary is at Ft Leonard Wood, MO and will go into Information Technology.
-- Jack and Valerie Holt of Oak Hill, West Virginia
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Greetings from Iraq
Here is a picture of my son, Lcpl. Seth Modrynski, far right, and fellow Marines in Al-Asad, Iraq, They are with the Marine Corps Helicopter unit HMLA 773, Red Dogs. He wants to wish his sister Jade a Happy 20th Birthday and tell his family and friends he is doing fine.
-- Douglas Modrynski of Houma, Louisiana
'Could not be more proud of anyone'
Staff Sergeant Robert Heaton (on right with hand raised) reenlists for another term, while serving his third deployment to Iraq. Note other soldiers holding up the American Flag! What patriots!!!
I am a CAPT in the US Navy and could not be more proud of anyone as I am Staff Sergeant Robert Heaton, US Army. Robert is my niece, Lindsay's, husband and is serving his third tour of duty in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division. In addition to his wife, he has a 20-month old daughter, Lili.
-- Marty Taylor of Pensacola, Florida
Thursday, October 4, 2007
'A big hello!'
Shane is stationed in Camp Taji, Iraq. I would like to show his face and say a Big HELLO !!!!!!!!! to him and his family from all of us that support him and what he stands for. God bless our troops all over the world.
I am a pen pal to this young man and I feel he very much deserves a salute for what he is doing and where he is at. From our letters to each other he seems very, very nice and ladies, he is single. When he is not serving our country at war time he works for the Green River Correctional Center and he is from Central Kentucky.
-- Kathy Chrisman of Munfordville, Kentucky
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
'Awaiting the day he returns'
This picture was taken on Family Weekend in Gulf Port, MS. This was only the weekend before he was deployed!
My husband BU3 Anthony Howard is currently serving in Iraq. He has been away from myself and his 3.5 month old daughter for 3 months and we are anxiously awaiting the day he returns to us!
-- Lauren Howard of Wildwood, Missouri
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