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Efren Lopez

MPJ, Technical Sergeant, USAF

Tech Sergeant Efren Lopez is a native of Guatemala City, Guatemala. He graduated Central High School in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1985. In November 1997, Lopez enlisted in the Air Force Reserves. After attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Lopez reported for training at the Defense Information School at Ft. George G. Meade, Md., where he completed basic still photography training. Following graduation from DINFOS, Lopez reported to 4th Combat Camera Squadron, March AFB, Calif.

In 2009, Lopez was attached to the U.S. Army’s 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Lopez was the most published military photographer during his six-month deployment.

In 2011, Lopez was the first reservist to be selected to attend the Military Photojournalism Program at S.I. Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University.

Lopez’s awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Force Combat Action Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Combat Action Badge.

Following graduation, Lopez will report to the 4th Combat Camera Squadron at March Air Force Base, Calif.