Staff. Sgt. Andrea Barrow, 446th FSS

I was working as a dental assistant when Sept. 11 happened and I knew nothing about the military at the time. One of my coworkers, SSgt Heidi Hancock, had already been a Reservist. Watching her prepare herself to support the mission was amazing. I wanted to be a part of that and I felt my country needed me. I was the first person in my family to join the military and when I swore into the Reserve in July 2003, I knew it was an honor. My unit's wartime mission (mortuary affairs) was also a highlight for me as I recently completed my first six-month deployment to the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operation center, Dover AFB, Del. earlier this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jake Chappelle)

PHOTO BY: Master Sgt. Jake Chappelle
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