Change of Command

23 11 2007

Solders at Attention

I have to admit that one of the fun things about being a photographer is getting to photograph events while moving around from perspectives unavailable to most people. I was recently asked to photograph a Change of Command and Change of Responsibility Ceremony for the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Washington. The Brigade just got back from a tough 15 month deployment in Iraq and seemed to mature years from the solders I photographed during the Deployment Ceremony in June, 2006.

Whether one believes in our being in Iraq or protests it, we have to admire these solders strength, bravery, and mere presence. And while we’re at it, we must also recognize the sacrifice of their families. The wives, children and parents of these solders live through is something that many – if not most – of us cannot directly relate to.

The families of these solders are as tough as the solders themselves.

I salute you all!


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