My husband pinned on Staff Sergeant while en-route to Iraq. I wish I could have been there, and been with him. I am so proud of him! Seeing him succeed and excel in the United States Marine Corps makes our separation worth it. He is the most wonderful man in the world to me, and everytime I see this picture I beam with pride. He is my best friend and soul mate. There is no one on this world who knows me like he does. He took this woman with a wounded heart and healed her. He is truly amazing; all these months that he has been gone, he still manages to send me flowers every month. All my heart and soul belongs to SSGT Joseph Banks, and I can't wait to be in his arms again!