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Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Casey Rodgers, a gunner's mate with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 6, attaches 20 pounds of explosives to a "dummy mine" during an exercise in the Atlantic Ocean Dec. 13. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brien Aho

American Soldier: 'Person of the Year'

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2003 – Three 1st Armored Division soldiers -- Sgt. Ronald Buxton, Spc. Billie Grimes and Sgt. Marquette Whiteside -- grace the cover of today's Time magazine.

They represent "The American Soldier" - all men and women in uniform - who have been chosen as Time's 2003 Person of the Year.

"For uncommon skills and service, for the choices each one of them has made and the ones still ahead, for the challenge of defending not only our freedoms but those barely stirring half a world away, the American soldier is Time's Person of the Year," editor-at-large Nancy Gibbs wrote in the opening essay of the magazine.

Full Story by K.L. Vantran, American Forces Press Service

'A Fitting Tribute,' Gen. Myers Says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2003 – The American soldier, Time magazine's choice for Person of the Year, is "exactly right," the nation's top military officer, Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, told Sunday news shows audiences.

The magazine cover is a "fitting tribute to these young men and women who have volunteered to serve their country and are over there doing a superb job," Myers said.

Full Story by K.L. Vantran, American Forces Press Service

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Updated: Monday, Dec 22, 2003 05:35 PM EST

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