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Shawn Riley, husband of Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley who passed away Dec. 29 at the age of 47, sits in the front row wearing a ‘Steph Strong’ sweatshirt during a posthumous retirement ceremony for his wife in Hangar 254, Jan. 10. Riley, a N.H. National Guard occupational health nurse, became an advocate after her diagnosis she for people to take the signs your body is showing more seriously.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Shawn Riley, husband of Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley who passed away Dec. 29 at the age of 47, sits in the front row wearing a ‘Steph Strong’ sweatshirt during a posthumous retirement ceremony for his wife in Hangar 254, Jan. 10. Riley, a N.H. National Guard occupational health nurse, became an advocate after her diagnosis for people to take the signs your body is showing more seriously. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Brig. Gen. Carolyn J. Protzmann, N.H. Air National Guard commander, sits beside a chair with items representative of Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley during a posthumous retirement ceremony in her honor in Hangar 254, Jan. 10. Among the items placed in the chair were a Boston College jersey, Boston Red Sox hat and towel representing ‘Boston Strong,” a similar moniker that her supporters adopted as their own. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Brig. Gen. Carolyn J. Protzmann, N.H. Air National Guard commander, sits beside a chair with items representative of Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley during a posthumous retirement ceremony in her honor in Hangar 254, Jan. 10. Among the items placed in the chair were a Boston College jersey, Boston Red Sox hat and towel representing ‘Boston Strong,” a similar moniker that her supporters adopted as their own. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Col. Paul N. Loiselle, 157th Mission Support Group commander, speaks at the podium during a posthumous retirement ceremony for Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley on base Jan. 10, while Brig. Gen. Carolyn Protzmann, N.H. Air National Guard commander, listens. Loiselle, former commander of the 157th Medical Squadron, commanded the organization when Riley who was a nurse at the clinic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Col. Paul N. Loiselle, 157th Mission Support Group commander, speaks at the podium during a posthumous retirement ceremony for Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley on base Jan. 10, while Brig. Gen. Carolyn Protzmann, N.H. Air National Guard commander, listens. Loiselle, former commander of the 157th Medical Squadron, commanded the organization when Riley was a nurse at the clinic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Brig. Gen. Craig E. Bennett, New Hampshire Army National Guard commander, speaks at the podium during a posthumous retirement ceremony for Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley on base Jan. 10. Riley was a occupational health nurse assigned to the N.H. National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters in Concord. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Brig. Gen. Craig E. Bennett, New Hampshire Army National Guard commander, speaks at the podium during a posthumous retirement ceremony for Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley on base Jan. 10. Riley was a occupational health nurse assigned to the N.H. National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters in Concord. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Brig. Gen. Carolyn J. Protzmann, N.H. Air National Guard commander, presents Shawn Riley the Legion of Merit Medal during a posthumous retirement ceremony for his wife, Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley, in Hangar 254, Jan. 10. Riley, who passed away Dec. 29 at the age of 47, was an occupational health nurse for the N.H. National Guard assigned to Joint Force Headquarters in Concord. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Brig. Gen. Carolyn J. Protzmann, N.H. Air National Guard commander, presents Shawn Riley the Legion of Merit Medal during a posthumous retirement ceremony for his wife, Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley, in Hangar 254, Jan. 10. Riley, who passed away Dec. 29 at the age of 47, was an occupational health nurse for the N.H. National Guard assigned to Joint Force Headquarters in Concord. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Brig. Gen. Carolyn J. Protzmann, N.H. Air National Guard commander, and Shawn Riley pose for a photo after a spouse presentation certificate of appreciation during a posthumous retirement ceremony for his wife, Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley, in Hangar 254, Jan. 10. Riley, who passed away Dec. 29 at the age of 47, was an occupational health nurse for the N.H. National Guard and longtime member of the 157th Medical Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Brig. Gen. Carolyn J. Protzmann, N.H. Air National Guard commander, and Shawn Riley pose for a photo after a presentation of the spouse certificate of appreciation during a posthumous retirement ceremony for his wife, Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley, in Hangar 254, Jan. 10. Riley, who passed away Dec. 29 at the age of 47, was an occupational health nurse for the N.H. National Guard and longtime member of the 157th Medical Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Brig. Gen. Gretchen S. Dunkelberger, Air National Guard assistant to Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, speaks at the podium during a posthumous retirement ceremony for Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley on base Jan. 10. Dunkelberger, former commander of the 157th Medical Squadron, commanded the organization when Riley who was a nurse at the clinic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Brig. Gen. Gretchen S. Dunkelberger, Air National Guard assistant to Maj. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, speaks at the podium during a posthumous retirement ceremony for Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley on base Jan. 10. Dunkelberger, former commander of the 157th Medical Squadron, commanded the organization when Riley was a nurse at the clinic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Brig. Gen. Gretchen S. Dunkelberger, Air National Guard assistant to Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, presents Shawn Riley dog tags for him and his children as a way to remember the service of his wife, Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley, during a posthumous retirement ceremony in Hangar 254, Jan. 10. Riley, who passed away Dec. 29 at the age of 47, was an occupational health nurse for the N.H. National Guard assigned to Joint Force Headquarters in Concord. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Brig. Gen. Gretchen S. Dunkelberger, Air National Guard assistant to Maj. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, presents Shawn Riley dog tags for him and his children as a way to remember the service of his wife, Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley, during a posthumous retirement ceremony in Hangar 254, Jan. 10. Riley, who passed away Dec. 29 at the age of 47, was an occupational health nurse for the N.H. National Guard assigned to Joint Force Headquarters in Concord. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Brig. Gen. Carolyn J. Protzmann, N.H. Air National Guard commander, presents Shawn Riley a flag flown for his wife, Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley, during a posthumous retirement ceremony in Hangar 254, Jan. 10. The flag for Riley, who passed away Dec. 29 at the age of 47, was flown at the behest of the N.H. Governor Maggie Hassan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

Brig. Gen. Carolyn J. Protzmann, N.H. Air National Guard commander, presents Shawn Riley a New Hampshire state flag flown for his wife, Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley, during a posthumous retirement ceremony in Hangar 254, Jan. 10. The flag was flown over the N.H. Statehouse for Riley, who passed away Dec. 29 at the age of 47, at the behest of the N.H. Governor Maggie Hassan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt)

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