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Soldiering On

In Urban Affairs on February 25, 2009 at 10:55 am


This March, as the sixth anniversary of the Iraq invasion nears, we look at the toll the war is taking on one Spokane family. William Jacobs is a 24-year-old Army sergeant who began a nine-month deployment to Iraq last fall. Back home in Spokane, his wife Kaylee and newborn son Cayden—whom Jacobs has never seen—are patiently awaiting his return. Jacobs missed his son’s birth in October, the day he landed in Kuwait to begin training. He and about 300 other soldiers from the Washington National Guard, H Company, 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment based in Spokane, are providing convoy protection from Joint Base Balad in the Salah ad Din province. In the March 2009 issue of Spokane Metro Magazine, photojournalist Jed Conklin, who embedded with the 161st last fall, offers readers a window into Jacobs’ deployment and how his wife and newborn son are coping in his absence.

We’re posting only one of the images from Conklin’s photo essay online; to read Jacobs’ story and see more of Conklin’s stunning photography of the sergeant and his family, pick up a copy of Metro, or better yet—subscribe.

More portraits of Spokane soldiers will be on display at the MAC March 6 through April 23. Conklin will be available during an opening reception March 6 from 5-7 p.m. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave.

  1. will is a great guy and i’m glad he is my new cousin

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