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Cover: V is for Valor
Chief Warrant Officer Dario Marchena (front) is applauded by Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, Capt. Michael LaPoint and Lt. Col. William A. Heineman after receiving the Bronze Star with "V" device at the 1- 150th Assault Helicopter Battalion, in West Trenton on June 3. Marchena received the award while serving in Afghanistan with the Afghan Embedded Training Team. During this period, his convoy was ambushed by anti-coalition militia. Marchena's execution of close air support, ommunication and direction ended the enemy's resistance. His actions resulted in the lifesaving of three wounded fellow Soldiers. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Stephenson, JFHQ-NJ/PA.

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Capt. Jonathan Lapidow
Capt. Jon Powers
2nd Lt. April Kelly
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Staff Sgt. Barbara Harbison

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Inside Cover: Showing them the way
Sgt. Casby Sparks, G Battery, 3-112th Field Artillery, gives directions to Bound Brook citizens trying to return to their flooded homes on April 18. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA


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