Families embrace their 'Warrior' Soldiers

By Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs OfficeJune 25, 2010

An officer serving with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division cradles his son following the brigade's deployment ceremony held at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 24. The brigade will be deployed to the northern Iraq region for 12-months as they serve in an advise and assist role alongside Iraqi military and government leaders. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)
1 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An officer serving with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division cradles his son following the brigade's deployment ceremony held at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 24. The brigade will be deployed to the northern Iraq region for 12-months as they serve in an advise and assist role alongside Iraqi military and government leaders. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office) (Photo Credit: Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
An Soldier serving with Company C., 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division gathers with his family following the brigade's deployment ceremony held at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 24. The brigade will be deployed to the northern Iraq region for 12-months as they serve in an advise and assist role alongside Iraqi military and government leaders. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)
2 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An Soldier serving with Company C., 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division gathers with his family following the brigade's deployment ceremony held at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 24. The brigade will be deployed to the northern Iraq region for 12-months as they serve in an advise and assist role alongside Iraqi military and government leaders. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office) (Photo Credit: Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sergeant 1st Class David Kirby, Company C., 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, attempts to walk as his daughter, Kylee Kirby, embraces him in an affectionate hug following the brigade's deployment ceremony held at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 24. Kirby is one of many Soldiers enjoying his last few days with family members before deploying with his unit to northern Iraq for 12 months. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)
3 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sergeant 1st Class David Kirby, Company C., 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, attempts to walk as his daughter, Kylee Kirby, embraces him in an affectionate hug following the brigade's deployment ceremony held at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 24. Kirby is one of many Soldiers enjoying his last few days with family members before deploying with his unit to northern Iraq for 12 months. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office) (Photo Credit: Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sergeant Michael Johnson, a fire support sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, consoles his son, Hunter Johnson, following the brigade's deployment ceremony held at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 24. Kirby is one of many Soldiers enjoying his last few days with family members before deploying with his unit to northern Iraq for 12 months. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)
4 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sergeant Michael Johnson, a fire support sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, consoles his son, Hunter Johnson, following the brigade's deployment ceremony held at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 24. Kirby is one of many Soldiers enjoying his last few days with family members before deploying with his unit to northern Iraq for 12 months. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office) (Photo Credit: Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sergeant Michael Johnson, a fire support sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, playfully tosses his son, Hunter Johnson, up into the air following the brigade's deployment ceremony held at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 24. Kirby is one of many Soldiers enjoying his last few days with family members before deploying with his unit to northern Iraq for 12 months. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)
5 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sergeant Michael Johnson, a fire support sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, playfully tosses his son, Hunter Johnson, up into the air following the brigade's deployment ceremony held at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 24. Kirby is one of many Soldiers enjoying his last few days with family members before deploying with his unit to northern Iraq for 12 months. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office) (Photo Credit: Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Soldier serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division cradles his daughter following the brigade's deployment ceremony held at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 24. The brigade will be deployed to the northern Iraq region for 12-months as they serve in an advise and assist role alongside Iraqi military and government leaders. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)
6 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Soldier serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division cradles his daughter following the brigade's deployment ceremony held at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 24. The brigade will be deployed to the northern Iraq region for 12-months as they serve in an advise and assist role alongside Iraqi military and government leaders. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office) (Photo Credit: Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
A non-commissioned officer serving with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division attempts to make a phone call despite the best efforts of his affectionate daughter following the brigade\'s deployment ceremony held at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 24. The brigade will be deployed to the northern Iraq region for 12-months as they serve in an advise and assist role alongside Iraqi military and government leaders. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)
7 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A non-commissioned officer serving with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division attempts to make a phone call despite the best efforts of his affectionate daughter following the brigade\'s deployment ceremony held at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 24. The brigade will be deployed to the northern Iraq region for 12-months as they serve in an advise and assist role alongside Iraqi military and government leaders. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office) (Photo Credit: Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL