Jesse Mercure

. . Like many other young men who left Pittsburgh during the steel industry’s final throes of the 1980s, Jesse Mercure enlisted in the US Army and found a career and home there. He spent twenty years on active duty and another four as an active reservist before hanging up his uniform.

Nathan Mallory

. . Nathan Mallory of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, grew up in the rural farming community of Titusville. Not wanting to remain in a small town, Nate enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2000–the first in his family to serve in the military, and as an Eagle Scout, he was well

Andrew Brennan

. . Andrew Brennan After graduating from West Point, Andrew Brennan of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania trained to fly UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and then he deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. When we kicked the door in Afghanistan, Andrew Brennan admits, the army didn’t have a lot figured out.  In the field, missions

Marco Attisano

. . Marco Attisano Marco Attisano joined the US Navy in 2003 and trained as a Navy Builder, a rating (navy occupation) with the Naval Construction Force, also known as the famed SeaBees. After a stint in Mississippi Marco deployed to Guam and Spain, but after two years active duty

Ryan Ahl

. . Ryan Ahl “When 9/11 happened, I was so upset. It was a traumatic event to our national psyche. My dad was shocked, too, but he fully understood that I wanted to serve in the military after that. What he didn’t understand is why I wanted to join the