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“Never Fly Alone: Adrian Herrera”

“Never Fly Alone: Adrian Herrera”

I normally start off by trying to give our readers a little bit of an idea about your background. Tell me a little bit about where you grew up, your early years, and where everything started off for you. “I grew up on the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia. My dad was in the United […]

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“A Call to Excellence: Cristian Trenco”

“A Call to Excellence: Cristian Trenco”

Tell me briefly about your background and early years. Where did you grow up? “I was born in Argentina, in the city of Mar del Plata, it’s a small city primarily dependent on a large fishing industry. My father owned a mechanic shop, and my mother was too busy taking care of my five younger […]

“Memories of the Fallen: Luke Ryan”

“Memories of the Fallen: Luke Ryan”

Tell me briefly about your background and early years. Where did you grow up? “I didn’t actually grow up in the U.S. My parents are medical missionaries – my dad is a doctor and my mom a nurse – and we grew up all over the place. I spent nine years of my childhood in […]

“Sense of Duty: Matthew Ruhnke”

“Sense of Duty: Matthew Ruhnke”

I think an appropriate place to start would be at the beginning. So if you don’t mind, tell me a little bit about your background, the early years, where you grew up. Let’s start with that. “Sure, I grew up in Petal, Mississippi – what most people would consider ‘Small Town, USA.’ My childhood was […]

“Nigeria to the Navy SEALs: A Conversation with Remi Adeleke”

“Nigeria to the Navy SEALs: A Conversation with Remi Adeleke”

To start off, could you tell me a little bit about your background, where did you go up? What was your childhood like? “So I was actually born in Western Africa; I lived in Nigeria until I was five. My father was a well-known Nigerian engineer and very successful businessman and entrepreneur and because of […]

“Servicewomen on the Front Lines: Amanda Huffman”

“Servicewomen on the Front Lines: Amanda Huffman”

Tell me briefly about your background. Where did you grow up? “I grew up in Fresno, California. Although we only moved one time, I went to 6 different schools before I graduated high school. My parents were trying to do the best for me, and my education and the area we grew up in was […]

“A Common Purpose: Frank Van Buren”

“A Common Purpose: Frank Van Buren”

Tell me a little about your background. Where did you grow up? “I am a product of the military community, as my father served 20 years in the U.S. Army and worked an additional 16 years for the U.S. Government on military installations. I was born at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in DC and […]

“Army Journalist of the Year: Gary Bloomfield”

“Army Journalist of the Year: Gary Bloomfield”

“I was an Army brat, so we moved every few years. When I was 3 to 5, we lived in France, until De Gaulle decided to kick all U.S. Forces out, giving us 72 hours to leave.  I had a French nanny, and when we came back to the States, I only spoke French, so […]

“Opportunity to Serve: Jason Buselli”

“Opportunity to Serve: Jason Buselli”

“I was born and raised in Bucks County Pennsylvania in Yardley, which is about 30 miles NE of Philadelphia. I grew up enjoying the outdoors as well as playing ice hockey and lacrosse. The challenging isolation and independence of outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing made me very much enjoy challenging myself without the […]