“Military service is a tradition in her family, so it was no surprise when Ohio Army National Guard Spc. Cheyanna Porter enlisted in the spring of 2015 and completed basic training during the summer between her junior and senior year of high school.

Porter, assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 838th Military Police Company, located in Youngstown, Ohio, followed in the footsteps of her brother, who is also a member of the Ohio National Guard, and her cousins who serve in the Navy and Air Force.

While college tuition benefits influenced Porter’s decision to enlist, it was the dream of travel and the ability to serve stateside and in her community as a Citizen-Soldier that drove her to join the National Guard. Now, three years into her first enlistment, the dream of travel has come true as she and about 50 of her fellow unit members are spending two weeks at Serbia’s South Base and Borovac Training Area to take part in Exercise Platinum Wolf 2018.

‘I’ve never left the country before,’ Porter said. ‘I was excited to travel, especially with the Army.'” (Read More at US Army)