"...We take care of them and they take care of us..."

Spc. Angel M. Orriola, U.S Army Public Health Command veterinary technician, poses for a photo August 19, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tristan D. Viglianco)

Spc. Angel M. Orriola, U.S Army Public Health Command veterinary technician, poses for a photo August 19, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tristan D. Viglianco)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

"I had a lot of pets growing up in Puerto Rico. When I moved to the U.S. I became a veterinary technician in the Army. The Army is the only branch that has vets so we get stationed and deploy with all the branches.  As a vet tech, I work with a bunch of different animals: dogs, horses, and cats. Our primary mission here is the military working dogs. I like working with the military working dogs because they save lives on deployments. We take care of them and they take care of us."

Spc. Angel M. Orriola, U.S. Army Public Health Command veterinary technician

Hometown: Hatillo, Puerto Rico