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Capt. Daniel Merkh, the director of operations with the 509th Security Forces Squadron, carries his son Ben during a ruck march alongside other defenders with the 509th SFS on May 13, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Merkh said Ben’s energy was infectious and he added a special element to the event. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Parker J. McCauley)
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