Photo Credit: Spec. Jay P. Lawrence, 42nd Infantry Division, New York Army National Guard
TROY, N.Y.-The boisterous, fast-talking Sgt. Denis Topliffe, an Albany
resident and an intelligence sergeant with the 42nd Infantry Division, bear
hugs two of his troops during a drill in Troy, N.Y., Aug. 7. Topliffe calls
Soldiers like intel analysts Spc. Erica Cruz, a New Windsor, N.Y. resident,
and Pfc. Zachary Bell, a Troy, N.Y., resident, his "kids." Topliffe was once
a Artmy Guard captain but now finds more satisfaction in the NCO corps.