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A terminally ill boy who lives in Baltimore, Maryland is now an honorary member of the U.S. Army, thanks to a soldier from Albany.

10 year-old Khalil Quarles has terminal cancer. His dream is to be a soldier. Albany native and Albany State graduate Major Norland James struck up an internet friendship with Khalil. Wednesday afternoon during a Skype conversation, he surprised his young friend.

Soldiers with the 200th Military Police Command showed up at Khalil's house and held a U.S. Army Reserve Enlistment Ceremony for him. Maj. James said, "It felt really good to me just to see the look on his face and just to see how surprised he was, so it felt good just to give back and for us to say thank you."

Khalil got a uniform, dogtags, a flag, and a ride in an armored Humvee.

Major James is currently serving in Kuwait as Chief of Medical Logistics Operations. He's been an active duty soldier for 13 years and tells us he plans to stay in touch with Khalil.

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