Maj. Cara J. Kupcho was promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Army in August 2013. She recently returned from a year deployment to Afghanistan as a company commander and is currently serving as a public affairs officer with the Maryland Army National Guard. She is a 1995 graduate of Elk River High School.
Air National Guard Airman Taylor J. Sample graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
Sample is the son of Lisa Otten of Fort Mill, South Carolina, and Mark Sample of Le Sueur, Minn. He is a 2004 graduate of Elk River High School.