Channel 2's Blake Essig and Photojournalist Albert Lutan travel to Afghanistan with soldiers of JBER's 4th Brigade (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, and tell the stories of Alaska's deployed soldiers.
Operation Afghanistan: The Spartan Brigade
Operation Afghanistan: Soldier puts musical dreams on hold to serve
Operation Afghanistan: translator risks his life to rid contry of Taliban
Operation Afghanistan: the changing role of the Spartan Brigade
Operation Afghanistan: Soccer bridges the cultural gap
Operation Afghanistan: The role of Alaska's 4-25 Spartan Brigade
Operation Afghanistan: Fallen soldiers remembered at FOB Fenty
Operation Afghanistan: a day in the life of the Spartan Brigade
Operation Afghanistan: married military couples deploy together
Operation Afghanistan: A day on the front lines
Operation Afghanistan: Finding a suit at the bazaar
Channel 2's Blake Essig describes what it was like for he and photojournalist Albert Lutan to report from Afghanistan alongside JBER's 4-25 Brigade.
Through mapped stories and photos, experience a rare behind-the-headlines look at the deployment, mission and sacrifice of the nearly 2,100 members of the Alaska's 425 Spartan Brigade.
Less than a year after being spared from the federal chopping block, 2,100 soldiers in JBER's 4-25 Spartan Brigade are deployed in Afghanistan
At the entrance of Forward Operating Base Fenty in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 274 names of those who have given their all are engraved in perpetuity.
Soldiers of the 4-25 Spartan Brigade have to be ready for anything, around the clock
We meet a married couple, serving together at the same airbase in Afghanistan, who had to leave their children behind with family.
Channel 2's Blake Essig describes the 24 hours he and photojournalist Albert Lutan spent on Afghanistan's front line at Outpost Mad Dog in the Mohmand Valley with soldiers from Alaska's 4-25 Brigade.
On many U.S. military installations in the Middle East, locals set up an outdoor bazaar, which gives American soldiers a taste of the area they're serving in, and sometimes, an overlooked necessity.
A simple game of soccer can bridge the cultural gap, even in a warzone
The role of Alaska's Spartan Brigade has changed a lot during the 16-year old war in Afghanistan
Afghan translators risk their lives, and the safety of their families, to work with American troops to rid their country of Isis and the Taliban
A member of Alaska's Spartan Brigade puts his musical dreams on hold to serve in uniform