My name is Staff Sgt Alfred Lopez. My name is Sgt Caitlin Brink. My name is Staff Sgt Alicia Leaders. And I tell the Marine Corps story. And I tell the Marine Corps story. And I tell the Marine Corps story. Being here feels surreal. Honestly, it’s basically because you’re a Marine correspondent. And your works are up with, you know, the caliber of photographers like the ones who work for National Geographic and the New York Times have their exhibits up here, and it’s definitely a great opportunity to showcase the work that I’ve done in the past and talk to people about the work that I’m doing now. It’s definitely an honor to be a part of what the Marine Corps is doing here. Actually I’m really impressed with the Marine exhibit for a few reasons. First, the images themselves and the fact we’ve got, today, three photographers here who can talk about their work. So I’ve seen a sampling of different aspects and applications of the Marine work. For one, the work of the Marines. But two, What strikes me as very important, is the community interaction that can happen. You’re documenting what is happening around the world and the situations that we ask you to go into in harm’s way. or in a humanitarian effort. And that also needs to be acknowledged that you guys are just not a military force for active combat activity. But you’re there when we need you in humanitarian crisis I think it’s very important to have Marines come to events like Photoville because is shows community engagement. It’s showing the public that this is what Marines do. We are not just out there on the battlefield. We are out there creating Marines, showcasing what Marines do and telling that Marine Corps story. We’re just like anybody else, but we do it for the military. Another great reason for Marines to participate in Photoville, is that we are able to align our values as storytellers, our creativity, with like minded people. We are able to meet, network and discuss a lot of different topics dealing with photography and storytelling. We’re able to share experiences and talk about gear, talk about lighting talk about exposure, shutter speed. All the technical aspects of doing this job, of telling stories. We’re able to share with them, they’re able to share with us. So, there is a lot of learning that goes both ways between us. So, I think this is a good opportunity to share with the people of New York, and anyone that might be traveling here, What the Marine Corps story is how it’s told and why we tell it. I think we should continue this for years to come. Like myself, as an American, I am so grateful for you guys’ service. So grateful for it. But, of course, we don’t get to see what happens behind the scenes. We get to see you guys in uniform, shoes all shiny and things like that. But we don’t get to see the hard work you do behind the line. And even some of the photography that was at the museum, it showed where you guys were in classrooms and stuff like that. I don’t believe people know that side of the Marines and the military in general So, I think it’s great.