NORMANDY, France -- "My grandpa came through on the first of July in 1944," said Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Fulghum, describing his grandfather's participation in Operation Overlord while visiting Omaha Beach in Normandy, France during U.S. Army Europe's Senior Enlisted Staff Ride, which traced the history of the Allied operation to liberate France.

For Fulghum, the staff ride became not just a way learn about U.S. Army history, it was a way to connect with his family's roots.