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Having finished a rejuvinating workout at the military base near my home, I emerged from the weight room to see a good number of troops in their dress blues. I asked when they began working out dressed like that, and was informed that they were gathering in the gym for their promotion ceremony. It’s an interesting and insular community on base. Here at the gym, young men and women walk a little taller in their dress blues, displaying rows of ribbons that mark courage and honor. Today they add another stripe to their sleeves. Their wives, husbands, and children are with them to share in their accomplishment even as they also share in the sacrifice of service. Meanwhile, the thunderous roar of F-22 fighters shakes the ground and rattles the windows as our pilots hone their deadly skills. In the base exhange, families purchase the items they need, and retirees like me drink coffee, tell lies, jokes, and watch with a mixture of pride and nostalgia as the current generation of warriors get about the business of keeping the nation safe. Just another day at the base. Another day in a community that will do whatever it takes to defend your community.