My son Stephen ships out to Iraq in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow. He'll be serving with his unit MACS-23 (Marine Air Control Squadron 23) at Al Asad Airfield in Iraq for the next several months.
While my mother's heart is fearful for him, I am also proud of all he has achieved and for the wonderful young man he has become. His wife of nearly 2 years will be eagerly awaiting his return in Colorado.
While Stephen has risen in rank and achievements since this photo was taken, this is my favorite picture of him in uniform, taken in the front yard of my parent's house in Colorado.