Sgt. Ty Carter pauses for a final photo with his wife Shannon before deploying from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., May 2012, with A Troop, 8-1 Cavalry, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. This was the last time they would see each other for more than six months.
Staff Sgt. Ty Carter’s wife Shannon, his daughter Sehara, his son Jayden, and his daughter Madison, along with family dogs Nala and Karma, pause for a photo along the rim of Crater Lake, Ore., during a family vacation, June 2013.