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Some people go to offices and work in cubicles. They punch the clock at 9 a.m. and then punch out at 5 p.m. Their efforts reward them with plaques or certificates of appreciation.
New Mexico National Guardsman Master Sgt. Jason Riley has done things a little differently.
Riley, a 1988 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has spent his entire career in the military. He served the first four years in the U.S. Army and for the last 15 years, he has been active in the New Mexico National Guard.
Rather than heading to a cubicle, Riley’s work took him overseas to Afghanistan, down south to the Mexican border and even to Los Alamos. He has been stationed in South Korea, Germany, Panama, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Japan.
And for his efforts, specifically for his service in Afghanistan, which was from December 2007 through October 2008, the U.S. government presented him with an Army Commendation Medal with Valor and the Bronze Star Medal. He received this recognition Feb. 6 at the National Guard Armory in Albuquerque.
“I was definitely honored,” Riley said.
In Afghanistan, Riley served as a team leader and combat advisor to the Afghanistan National Light Infantry Battalion.
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