This Spring, 9,000 troops left Hawai‘i. Of these, 5,000 went to Afghanistan and 4,000 to Iraq. It was the largest Hawai‘i deployment since the Vietnam War.
By Lucy Pemoni
Soldiers from the 25th Infantry
"Tropic Lightning" Division catch some sleep at Hickam Air Force Base. Once they
board the plane, their flight to Afghanistan will take more than 24 hours.
Fore and son Nicholas, 10, embrace as the USS Hopper prepares to leave its home
port, Pearl Harbor. The USS Hopper is deploying for six months in the western
Pacific and war region to support the global anti-terrorism efforts.
Lakisa Peniata of the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment listens to Gov. Linda
Lingle speak to troops after a live fire exercise in Hawai'i. The exercise included
detonating several thousand rounds of live ammunition, training for house-to-house
combat, live explosions and target practice. Shortly afterwards, the 1st Battalion
was deployed to Iraq.
Nguyen watches her husband, engineer Nhon Nguyen, depart on the USS Hopper. Nhon
Nguyen is leaving with the rest of the 350 sailors for a six-month deployment.
Ryan Addis of the 27th Infantry "Wolfhounds" with night goggles during a live
amunition demonstration at Schofield Barracks. His company is now at a forward
base in Iraq.
McCoy of Wai'anae, comforts his 5-year-old son Jayden, with the help of his brother
Joutten at Pearl Harbor. McCoy was joining the crew of the USS Port Royal for
eight months at sea when Jayden ran over to give him one last tearful hug.
waiting all night at Hickam Air Force Base, soldiers from the 25th Infantry "Tropic
Lightning" Division gather to board their plane for Afghanistan.
Class Petty Officer Jeff Bowers takes one final moment for kisses as he says goodbye
to his wife Kaen and daughter Paige as the USS Hopper, prepares to leave Pearl
Harbor. This is the first deployment for the Bowers family. The Hopper combines
satallite communication, radar and weapons technologies in a single platform called
the Aegis combat weapons system. The Hopper will be part of the USS Belleau Wood
Expeditionary Strike Group.