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Coming to America: A Moldovan Story

Coming to America: A Moldovan Story
U.S. Army Capt. Fiodor Strikovski, a military intelligence officer with the MDNG 29th Combat Aviation Brigade, transitioned from a life in Moldova to living in the United States after meeting Sarah Adams, whom he would eventually marry. Strikovski met Sarah during her Peace Corps mission in his native country.
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Behind the Uniform: Maj. Harrison Bittenbender

Behind the Uniform: Maj. Harrison Bittenbender
U.S. Army Major Harrison Bittenbender shares his background and culture of being an Asian American and Pacific Islander while serving in the Maryland Army National Guard. Bittenbender grew up in Hawaii and was a member of the Junior ROTC program in high school. 
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Behind the Uniform: Master Sgt. Razak A. Sidik

Behind the Uniform: Master Sgt. Razak A. Sidik
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Razak A. Sidik aspires to make a big impact as a core member of the Maryland Air National Guard’s Wing Diversity Council. Sidik hopes to facilitate the changes needed to promote a more inclusive environment for the MDANG’s diverse Airmen. For Sidik, a munitions production supervisor for the 175th Maintenance Squadron, 175th Wing, the key ...
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Behind the Uniform: Major Christina Mayo

Behind the Uniform: Major Christina Mayo
U.S. Air Force Maj. Christina Mayo, a cyber operations officer with the 175th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, 175th Wing, has overcome many hardships and built a successful career for herself, serving in the Maryland Air National Guard since 2010.
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Behind The Uniform: Sgt. Sarah Kim

Behind The Uniform: Sgt. Sarah Kim
U.S. Army Sgt. Sarah Kim, a Healthcare Specialist with the 104th Medical Company Area Support, has helped support the Maryland National Guard COVID-19 response. She joined the active Army in 2015 before transferring to the MDNG in 2020 to continue to give back to the country that has given her so many opportunities.
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Behind the Uniform: Spc. Jameka Sledge

Behind the Uniform: Spc. Jameka Sledge
When the Six Flags America amusement park in Bowie, Maryland, was converted to a drive-through mass vaccination site in February in 2021, it’s visitors were attended by blue-gowned nurses and camouflage-uniformed Soldiers instead of the park’s usual staff. Spc. Jameka Sledge, a military police with the 200th Military Police Company, enlisted into the MDARNG in April, 2020, and started working ...
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Behind the Uniform: Spc. Paul Seegren

Behind the Uniform: Spc. Paul Seegren
When the Six Flags America amusement park in Bowie, Maryland, was converted to a drive-through mass vaccination site in February in 2021, it’s visitors were attended by blue-gowned nurses and camouflage-uniformed Soldiers instead of the park’s usual staff. Spc. Paul Seegren, a civil affairs specialist with the 58th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, has worked at the site since the beginning ...
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Behind the Uniform: 2nd Lt. Leon Carter

Behind the Uniform: 2nd Lt. Leon Carter
2nd Lt. Leon Carter, medical services officer of the 104th Medical Company, works in COVID-19 mobile vaccine support operations at the 224th Medical Company and the 104th Medical Company, based in Reisterstown, Maryland, and in Olney, Maryland, respectively throughout March 2021.
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Behind the Uniform: Cadet Jamia Pettus

Behind the Uniform: Cadet Jamia Pettus
Cadet Jamia Pettus, a member of the 729th Quartermaster Company, 1297th Support Battalion, helps register patients for COVID-19 tests at the mobile clinic at St. Mary’s County’s Health Department, Feb. 4, 2021.
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Behind the Uniform: Master Sgt. Linda Musto

Behind the Uniform: Master Sgt. Linda Musto
US Air Force Master Sgt. Linda Musto is the first sergeant assigned to the 175th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Warfield Air National Guard Base at Martin State Airport in Middle River, Maryland. She joined the 171st Communications Flight, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, in 1994 before coming to the Maryland Air National Guard in 2010 as an aircraft armament systems mechanic.
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