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Air Force veteran Joy Pyles transported materials such as pipes for water lines to be used during the construction of water and sewer systems in Iraq.

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Filipino immigrant achieves dream through service in Air Force

Settles in Mid-Missouri, develops new focus

With the debate raging at the national level regarding immigration reform, the stories of those making a successful transition from their native lands to the U.S. often go unnoticed. But for one local Air Force veteran, the decision to leave the warm nest of her birthplace has led to the successful pursuit of long-held military and educational goals.

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