Photo Credit: Johnny Bivera, for Soldiers magazine
Sgt. 1st Class Leo Hess, a reservist stationed in Afghanistan and firefighter with the Gilbert, Ariz., fire department, along with Gilbert Mayor John Lewis, and David McGinnis, acting assistant secretary of defense for Reserve Affairs, pose with the Freedom Award trophy during a ceremony, Sept. 22, 2011, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The trophy was presented to the town of Gilbert for its support of Guard and Reserve Soldiers. Hess nominated Gilbert for the award as a way of thanking citizens there for supporting his family while he was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.