Thursday, October 8, 2009

The people we leave behind: A photo essay (The Oregonian)

Oregon Army National Guard Col. Dan Hokanson, commander of the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is deployed to Iraq for a year.

His family, comprised of Hokanson's wife Kelly, daughter Victoria, and sons Danny and McKinnon, carry on with their lives in his absence--high school homecomings, senior dances, football games and other highlights of their school year.

This year for the Hokansons is representative of the level of service and sacrifice many Oregonians go through as they see their loved ones deploy to far away lands. This photo essay is a glimpse into the events that shape our lives and our families.
To read the story by Julie Sullivan, go here. To see the special reports and coverage of Oregon's citizen-soldiers in Iraq, follow their coverage here.

Special thanks to Randy Rasmussen of The Oregonian.

Col. Dan Hokanson, commander of the Oregon National Guard's 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, in Iraq.

McKinnon, 14, a freshman at McNary High School, walks past his video portrait during the Homecoming assembly.

Mom Kelly gets Victoria, 17, a senior at McNary High, ready for a homecoming assembly.

Victoria Hokanson (right), 17, poses with her court partner, Adam Snitker, at the McNary High School homecoming assembly.
Dan Hokanson's mother, Diann, painted a portrait of the kids dressed in his West Point attire.

Mom Kelly poses with Victoria, 17, a senior at McNary High, after the homecoming assembly.

Danny Hokanson, 16, a junior at McNary High, gets dressed early on assembly day. Most of the flags in the background are gifts from his father, Col. Dan Hokanson, who leads the Oregon National Guard's 41 IBCT through a year deployment in Iraq. The brigade is scheduled to return from their deployment in May 2010.

Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon National Guard Social Media Manager

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