Troops from the U.S. Army’s Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, disembark a charter flight at Campbell Army Airfield on Friday, March 21, 2014 in Fort Campbell, Ky. About 60 soldiers returned to Fort Campbell after a nine-month combat deployment providing artillery and mortar support for coalition forces in Afghanistan. (Photo by Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)
Louisville, KY-based photographer Luke Sharrett has been covering military homecomings in Kentucky for Getty Images.
As the Pentagon continues to withdraw combat forces from Afghanistan, Kentucky’s two major Army Posts have seen thousands of troops return home to their friends and families. Over the past year I’ve been able to cover a handful of military homecomings for Getty Images at both Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. While most homecoming ceremonies follow the same script, witnessing all of the smiles, tears, and hugs between reunited families never get old.
See more photos on Luke’s blog.
Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, arrive by bus to a homecoming ceremony in the Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Fort Knox on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in Fort Knox, Ky. About 100 soldiers returned to Fort Knox after a nine-month combat deployment conducting village stability operations and working alongside Afghan military and police forces. (Photo by Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)
A soldier from the U.S. Army’s Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, kisses his girlfriend during a homecoming ceremony.
Bella Hanley, 3, high fives Sgt. Frank Passmore while sitting atop her dad Spc. Jeffrey Hanley following a homecoming ceremony on Fort Knox.
Pfc. Brian Lang of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, holds his son Johnathan Lang, 2, following a homecoming ceremony.