Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Coming Home: Soldiers Arriving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

This past month, the last Army brigade appointed to "combat" operations in Iraq came home, part of the Obama administration's effort to reduce the number of troops there, while shifting some of them to Afghanistan.

This assignment started as a video request. Originally I was just slated to do just video. I left Seattle at 6 a.m. and got to Joint Base Lewis-McChord at about 7 a.m. The families were all there, waiting for husbands, wives, sons and daughters. Minutes after I got there, I get a call from a photo editor, asking if there were any photographers there. There weren't. So, for a welcoming ceremony that lasted maybe 7 minutes, I had to shoot photos and video. I'm pretty sure the video suffered from it, watch it below. I also encountered technical problems. Later in the day, I wrote a story. It was a long day.

But the arrival of troops is always a sweet moment and we get to witness raw human emotions, genuine smiles and happiness, if only for a few moments.

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