Corey Perrine | Photojournalist

Essay: Home of the Brave

"Farewell"

On Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 at Fort Gordon, over 120 soldiers from Bravo Company, 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, deployed in the afternoon following a farewell ceremony. The mission will last a year in support of the U.S. Army 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment and drawdown in Iraq.

Like any American soldier, they fight to make the world safer from terrorists, in a sometimes frightening post 9-11 era.

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"Homecoming"

About 100 U.S. Army National Guardsmen and women from the 195th Forward Support Company (Special Operations) returned home Dec. 7, 2011 from a mission to Afghanistan.

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"Rest"

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31, graduated from St. John Newmann High School in 1999 and Edison Community College in 2002, then he enlisted in the Army. He was assigned to the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, GA and a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Crew Chief; he was on 2nd deployment when he and his crew were killed March 11, 2013 during a night time training mission near Kandahar City, Afghanistan. The cause of crash is under investigation.

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The hand of Ceteka Snowden, bottom, touches tips with her fiancee Sgt. Terrance Handy, while his mother Teresa, left, does the same Saturday, Aug. 21 at Fort Gordon.
  
Dolly Griggs sheds tears while being held by husband Tony as they see their son, Pvt. Christian Griggs off Saturday, Aug. 21 at Fort Gordon.
     
  
Troops assemble in formation Saturday, Aug. 21 at Fort Gordon.
  
Caitlyn Burner, 6, holds a doll with her dad's picture, Sgt. John Burner, Saturday, Aug. 21 at Fort Gordon. For the next year this will have to suffice as her dad is overseas. Sgt. Burner would unfortunately be the first in his unit to pass with flu-like symptoms overseas Sept. 17, 2010. Sgt. Burner leaves behind two girls Celina, 10 and his wife Verena. He was 32.
  
From left, Sgt. Partick Rautert, Pvt. Allen White, Pfc. Alyssa Tamayo, Pfc. Cristina Rodriguez and PFC Georg Westfall make last minute calls to friends and family Saturday, Aug. 21 at Fort Gordon.
     
  
Patrons wait for troops to exit a deployment ceremony  Saturday, Aug. 21 at Fort Gordon.
  
Harleigh Tenio, 8, plays with a camcorder laying next to her dad's M16 rifle with brother Jayden, 7, Saturday, Aug. 21 at Fort Gordon.
  
Sgt. John Burner, of Grovetown, kisses his wife, Verena, Saturday, Aug. 21 at Fort Gordon. Sgt. Burner would unfortunately be the first in his unit to pass with flu-like symptoms overseas Sept. 17, 2010. Sgt. Burner leaves behind two girls Celina, 10, Caitlyn, 6, and his wife Verena. He was 32.
     
  
  
<p>From left, Chase Stanek, 8, mom, Jill, brother, Hunter, 13, and Wyatt, 6, all of Lincoln wait for their dad, Sgt. First Class David Stanek, not shown, to appear Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 at the Nebraska National Guard Air Base in Lincoln, Neb. About 100 U.S. Army National Guardsmen and women from the 195th Forward Support Company (Special Operations) returned home from a mission to Afghanistan.</p>
  
<p>Soldiers exit a plane to find family and friends Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 at the Nebraska National Guard Air Base in Lincoln, Neb.</p>
     
  
<p>Minutes before soldier returned, Melanie Nielsen, 11, from Columbus, Neb. plays with her nephew Adrian Nielsen, 5, of York, Neb. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 at the Nebraska National Guard Air Base in Lincoln, Neb. </p>
  
<p>Tom Higley of Lincoln, Neb. shows off his button and flag Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 at the Nebraska National Guard Air Base in Lincoln, Neb. </p>
  
<p>Sgt. Wesley Newton throws his son, Noah, 4, on his shoulders as his wife Anne, all of Lincoln, Neb. look on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 at the Nebraska National Guard Air Base in Lincoln, Neb. </p>
     
  
<p>Spc. James Zak, left, and Sgt. Matt Hagen hang a sign before troops return home Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 at the Nebraska National Guard Air Base in Lincoln, Neb.</p>
  
<p>Those who participated in the operation stand to be recognized Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 at the Nebraska National Guard Air Base in Lincoln, Neb.</p>
  
<p>Staff Sgt. Nicholas Province kisses his daughter, Liberty, 3, both of Lincoln, Neb. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 at the Nebraska National Guard Air Base in Lincoln, Neb.</p>
     
  
  
<p>The casket containing the late U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31, is seen transferred from plane to hearse on the tarmac Thursday March 21, 2013 at Naples Airport in Naples, Fla. Scialdo, was flown from Dover Air Force Base arriving around 10:30 a.m. where his casket was met by friends and family with a procession leading to Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home in Bonita Springs. Scialdo graduated from St. John Newmann High School in 1999 and Edison Community College in 2002, then he enlisted in the Army.  He was assigned to the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, GA and a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Crew Chief; he was on 2nd deployment when he and his crew were killed during a night time training mission near Kandahar City, Afghanistan. The cause of crash is under investigation. Marc is survived by his wife, Kara Lee Scialdo. Hundreds lined U.S. 41 and other streets leading from Naples to Bonita Springs to view the procession.</p>
  
<p>Marshall Scialdo, right, hugs family members after the dignified transfer on the tarmac Thursday March 21, 2013 at Naples Airport in Naples, Fla. The late U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31, was flown from Dover Air Force Base arriving around 10:30 a.m.</p>
     
  
<p>Family and friends salute and stand reverently around the flag-draped coffin containing the late Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo, at his funeral, Friday, March 22, 2013 at Palm Royale Cemetery Mausoleum in Naples, Fla. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31, was laid to rest with full military honors after an hour-long funeral ceremony at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church. Hundreds of friends, family and military supporters, came to pay their final respects.</p>
  
<p>A soldier stands at parade rest.</p>
  
<p>Kara Lee Scialdo, right, wife of the late Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo, is presented with a flag that was draped on Marc's casket.</p>
     
  
<p>A dog tag of the late Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo, hangs on the end his casket handle.</p>
  
<p>Andy Krajewski, from left, battalion chief, Aaron Odum, Erin Gill, Christian Tobin, all three firefighter/EMTs, all of Golden Gate Fire Department, hang a 15 foot by 25 foot flag supported by two hook-and-ladders.</p>
  
<p>Friends pay their final respects over the casket of the late Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo.</p>
     
  
<p>Patrons are seen at the corner of Golden Gate Parkway and Airport-Pulling Road Thursday March 21, 2013 at Naples Airport in Naples, Fla.</p>
  
A burial vault lid depicts the life of late Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo to be placed atop Marc Scialdo's casket waits in the cemetery before burial.