Well, it’s been a long slew of months since my last post, but I figured I’d grace you guys/gals with a “WELCOME BACK” assignment I had this past Sunday. I had to cover the return of US Army soldiers to Schofield after a year’s deployment in Iraq. I’d done these before and remember quite vividly that as soon as the soldiers are dismissed, it’s like disturbing an anthill as loved ones and their soldiers unite. I had to be quick on my feet. So reporter Dan Nakaso and I made acquaintances with a few of the wives and family members who were waiting. One woman we met had just gotten married to her husband, then within a matter of weeks, he deployed. In six months, she was only physically able to hear his voice just twice. So you can clearly see the joy in her face when she leapt into his arms.
I always enjoy seeing true happiness between two people, and it always comes through in these welcome home ceremonies. The whole time I was shooting, I had a big smile on my face.