Staff Sgt. Jason Strong
Staff Sgt. Jason Strong, second from right, attends the first LGBTQ+ event in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility while deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, in June 2013. Directly to the left of him is John Phommavongsa, a contractor who would eventually help Strong facilitate the transfer of a year’s worth of school supplies for 500 girls to the Zabuli Education Center, a girls’ school just outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, in September 2016.

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