U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan Pettit (left) and Cpl. Matthew Miller with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment fire their service rifles during an operation in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on July 3, 2009. The Marines are part of the ground combat element of Regiment Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade. DoD photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)
Lt. Sarah Ballard is a flight surgeon for the United States Navy. During her previous deployment to Iraq and current tour in Afghanistan, she has earned infinite gratitude and respect from United States Marines.