Why We Serve is an ongoing series highlighting the service and sacrifices made daily by the Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines of Regional Command-East. After more than a decade of conflict in Afghanistan, this series is dedicated to telling the service members’ story. Since 9/11, millions of Americans have volunteered to fight on behalf of their country. Regardless of branch, rank, age, gender or
           ethnicity, these service members share a common bond of service. These are their stories, and this is why they serve.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Seth Deikam
U.S. Army Spc. Helen Jeschow, a native of Greensboro, N.C., hugs Sode Jan, an Afghan girl she has befriended over the course of several months of volunteer work at the Egyptian Field Hospital on Bagram Airfield, June 3. Jeschow is an information support operations specialist with the 340th Tactical Military Information Support Operations Company, Task Force Tsunami.
U.S. Army Spc. Spencer Smith, a native of Auburn, Calif., walks along the road on a patrol in a district of Khowst Province, Afghanistan, May 28. Smith plans on becoming an Army Ranger after he finishes his deployment.
Spc. Robert Holland, an Army public affairs specialist, serves in Afghanistan with the 172nd Infantry Brigade.
U.S. Army Spc. Bobby Joe Harris II, 37, a native of Pasadena, Calif., and a military policeman with the 463rd Military Police Company, joined the Army in November 2009 because he saw that the economy was in a rut. He served in Los Angeles County as a deputy sheriff before joining the military, making his mission of providing security for the service members stationed on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, a natural fit.
BAGRAM, Afghanistan – Senior Airman Jonathon Bussard,a native of Corcoran, Calif., serves with the 455th Expeditionary Security Force Squadron in eastern Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Morales, RC-East Public Affairs)
Pfc. Kyle Seeger is a 23-year-old native of Sarasota, Fla., who serves with the 1st Infantry Division in eastern Afghanistan. Seeger attended college in Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, Calif., and is happily married to Megan Seeger. He enlisted as an Army human resources specialist in May 2011.
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