Julio Russell served in the US Army for 12 years. He served two tours in Operation Enduring Freedom. He received numerous commendations and will be released from the Army with an Honorable Medical discharge. He is an outstanding solider, loving father, son, and brother. He has two daughters Alyssa and Kiarra from his former marriage to Diane Blakely-Russell. The son of a single mother, Betty Martinez Ordonez, he is the 1st member of the Martinez/Rossel/Russell family to serve our country. We are all proud of him. He introduced me to my late husband SGT Christopher. My brother was his "Battle-Buddy" and closest friend. They served and lived in Afghanistan for 15 months. It is my honor to be his baby sister.