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Blake Stephen Valentine-Pottinger when he was just 9 days old for the March page of the Little Troopers calendar. See SWNS story SWARMY: A nine-day-old baby boy snuggles next to the his soldier daddy’s helmet in one of hundreds of heart-warming photos entered for a military calendar. Tiny Blake Valentine-Pottinger’s dad, David Pottinger was in Afghanistan when his wife, Carlie, discovered she was pregnant. The 23-year-old private, currently posted in Bulford, Wilts., managed to get home for the birth – only to be deployed on exercise weeks later. The touching photo was one of over 300 entered in a national competition to show the special bond between our Armed Forces and their families.

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