For most of the past two years, Col. Joseph Ryan was on standby, waiting for the Army to send him and his 4,200 troops from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team across the globe to respond to crises or pitch in aid after a natural disaster.
As the unit on status as the Global Response Force, he knew he would have to recall and deploy his paratroopers in as little as 18 hours.
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I've been a reporter for eight years ... and for the first time ... my mom asked if she could hang with me to see what I do.
I was thrilled my mom showed more interest than reading the headlines on my story.
Today I went to a 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade hangar to interview a soldier who is set to receive a USO award this year. My mom listened to my interview and got to check out the Black Hawk the soldier works on. She's in town visiting me for only a couple weeks, so I was happy we had the chance to share this moment.
My mom taught me that family is the most important. I still believe that.
Maintainers from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, who handle transporting supplies between forward operating bases, have been sharpening their firing skills, including firing an M240 machine gun from moving vehicles as they travel in a convoy. They're fundamental skills, but can be critical to accomplishing larger-scale missions in combat.
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/military/aviation-maintainers-sharpen-firing-skills/article_6bffa0bf-ea56-50e2-9f04-d62109a73f6f.html
With Staff Sgt. Freeman and photographer Shannon Millard as we get ready to travel through the firing range with to watch the live fire exercise on Fort Bragg.
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