22 October 2010

Omaha World-Herald Covers Fort Irwin, Calif.

Omaha World-Herald reporter Joseph Morton and photographer Alyssa Schukar embedded with soldiers of the Iowa National Guard's 2nd Brigade Combat Team (B.C.T.), 34th Infantry Division's (2-34th BCT) large-scale wargames at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. earlier this month.

The Nebraska National Guard's 1st Squadron, 134th Cavalry Regiment (1/134th Cav.) is deploying as part of the Iowa brigade, and the World-Herald's geographic coverage area also includes western Iowa, regional home of Iowa's 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment (1/168th Inf.).

Morton's got a light, tongue-in-cheek touch with his pen (or word-processor), while Schukar's got an eye for less-formal, you-are-there shots. Both leave you wanting more; here's hoping that they can embed with the troops downrange, too.

Here are a couple of examples of the Omaha World-Herald's coverage of the Red Bull deployment:

Oct. 10: "Our Troops: Mission Ready" (I particularly like the North Platte Telegraph's alternate headline for this article. They called it, "It takes a village to train a warrior.")

Oct. 10: "Wounds are fake, but intensity is real"

Oct. 10: "Iowa guardsmen ‘own the roads’ so that comrades can get supplies"

Oct. 11: "Guard thinks outside box"

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