Here's a link to a newspaper article that describes how we spent our day yesterday. Local Soldiers Get Set To Deploy to Afghanistan
JP4 is a member of this unit, and they will be deploying later this year. He will be staying behind, having served two deployments and having family business to attend to here. He is anxious to go, but knows he'll be needed here just as critically.
The guys are, in general, young and anxious to serve. Here's a prayer that they'll return safe, sound and whole.
(Oh, and the little guy in the photo is a whole lot cuter in person. Especially as he kept Daddy running back and forth all afternoon, between the chairs set up for family briefings and the door to the outside.)