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, November 30, 2007
Dear Robin, I watch your "Salute to Troops" segment every morning and always think of my sister, who is in the middle of her 15-month tour in Baghdad right now. Her name is Kristen Vahle and she will be 26 years old on November 30. She is serving as the personnel officer for the 3rd Corps Headquarters Battalion, out of Ft. Hood, TX. Please let her know that her family loves her and misses her, and we can't wait to have her home in a few months.
-- Mike Vahle of Mobile, Alabama
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
'We'll have a strawberry shake waiting'
I would like to salute my hero, husband, best friend, and world's greatest father! He is my rock, and everything I wake up for in the morning. Currently SrA Brandon Talley is on deployment for the USAF in the Middle East as an aircraft mechanic for the RC-135. Although he was gone for his son's first Thanksgiving we have hopes for him coming home before Christmas. This photo was taken an hour before he had to leave us at his favorite restaurant, Red Robin. We will have a strawberry shake waiting for him when he gets home. We love and miss him dearly! God Bless all of our Troops, you are all heroes!!
-- Kristen Talley of Omaha, Nebraska
'I support you 100 percent'
This is a picture of my son Steven Brooks who is serving near Baghdad and is a Navy chaplains assistant.
I would like to tell my son I am very proud of you and I support you 100% in all you do.
-- Charles Brooks of Williamsburg, Virginia
Friday, November 16, 2007
'Proud to have them as my family'
This is my sister, Sgt. Jennifer Tommasi (30 years old) and my father, CW3 Randy Weatherhead (57 years old) in Iraq. It was her second tour, and after two tours in Vietnam, it was his first to Iraq. They served this tour simultaniously. He was based in Tikrit, and she in Mosul. These pictures were taken shortly after he performed her re-enlistment ceremony, and prior to that, she was at his promotion ceremony to pin his new rank. Both events took place in Iraq, and both have said they could not have chosen a better backdrop to show their commitment to the military, to our country, and to freedom. Jennifer left behind her 6 month old daughter to serve this tour; returning to a 2 year old toddler when she got home. They are my heros, and I am proud to have them as my family.
-- Amanda Wolf of Orlando, Florida
Thursday, November 15, 2007
'The best man I know'
I would like to salute Major Kevin C. White from 1-158 CAV in Camp Bucca. He is a graduate of West Point and received his master's at the University of MS in Rolla. You are the best man I know and make me a better person everyday. I am proud of you and the sacrifices you are making to maintain our freedom and fighting to give others what we have in this country. You are a great man! We miss you will all our hearts. Love you, Tamra
-- Tamra White of Frederick, Maryland
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
This is my hero, SPC Robert Racioppa. He is currently serving in Iraq on a 15-18 month deployment. Three days after he deployed, we found out we were expecting our first baby. And this is the proud father-to-be with our first ultrasound. I miss him greatly and wish all our troops a safe homecoming. Thanks for all you do to protect our freedom!
-- Stephanie Racioppa of Hanahan, South Carolina
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Happy 22nd birthday!
Hello Robin, We would like to salute our daughter who is serving with the Navy as a Corpsman in Iraq. Today is her 22nd birthday and we all want to wish her a very happy birthday! We miss you and love you Ali. Love Dad and Kathy
-- Jeff and Kathy Bates of Westminster, Maryland
'Never too busy to jump in'
Lisa Gibson is a newly promoted SSgt in the US Air Force. She is currently deployed to Kuwait and works on the PERSCO team. This team is responsible for accountability of all deployed members as well as casualty reporting.
Lisa is a super Air Force member as well as a super person. She is extremely involved in not only work, but also any volunteer opportunities she sees to help. She is never too busy to jump in whenever and wherever to assist. Since she has arrived in Kuwait she has signed up to take 2 online college courses and is a member of the HONOR GUARD in Kuwait. She is married and her husband Matthew Gibson (also active duty Air Force) is stationed at Randolph AFB TX.
-- MSgt Kimberly Parker of Schertz, Texas
Sunday, November 4, 2007
'He was my rock ... still is to this day'
Here's a pic of my husband and best friend Spc. Joshua Branum before he deployed with the the Alpha Co, 4/3 Aviation Brigade at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA on May 7, 2007. They are all such wonderful people! (But I think my husband is the best!)
We lost our son Jan. 23, 2007 and he was my rock then and still is to this day even though he's so far away. He is currently serving our country in Iraq. He is on a 15-18 month tour and will hopefully be home by August-November of next year! He is loved dearly!
-- Victoria Branum of Savannah, Georgia
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Loves fishing, even in a desert
My nephew, Sgt. Terry Alan Horn, son of Terry and Janet Horn, from Warner Robins, Georgia, is on his 3rd tour of Iraq. Caught this 50 lb. bighead carp. His love of fishing is still strong, even in a desert. When he has down time, he's always fishing. I'm sure it helps to relieve the day-to-day stress of what they are going through over there and takes his mind off of missing hes family back in Ft. Hood, Texas. His wife - Krystle, son - Terry Jr. and daughter - Allysia. And back in Georgia, his 2 brothers - Tommy and Caleb Horn and sister - Sarah Duckworth.
-- Carolyn Collins of Macon, Georgia
Thursday, November 1, 2007
'My hunny bunny'
This is my hunny bunny, Master Sgt Anthony "Tony" Ramirez, 28 years old, with the Hawaii Air National Guard. He was recognized as "performer of the week" (he hangs out in the office after work and practices a song on his guitar that he said he would learn and play for me when he gets home in February and didn't expect to get an "award" for it).
This is deployment number three for him (1st to DG, 2nd to Iraq). He volunteered for this deployment to Afghanistan to oversee maintenance activities in a comm sq. He's the best husband in the world and I miss him very very much. Our children: 4,5,7 years old draw pictures and make cards and crafts for him every other day to send and pray and cry for him. This has been the hardest deployment for us. Thank you for honoring him. Aloha and God Bless.
-- Gwynne Ramirez of Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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