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Craig F. Walker
The Denver Post


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Third Place
Craig F. Walker
The Denver Post


"IAN FISHER: AMERICAN SOLDIER"

A cigarette break became a push-up break when squad leader Sgt. Michael Kraft caught Fisher leaning on his weapon while training with his new platoon at Fort Carson Nov. 28, 2007. Ian survived the sweaty gantlet of basic training, but he faced a steep learning curve when it came to everyday Army life. Assigned to Fort Carson, just an hour's drive from his teenage stomping grounds in Colorado, he found himself pulled in two directions. The Army sought to prepare him for the rigors of deployment in Iraq. But on the home front, his weekend visits with friends reminded him of the carefree life he'd left behind. The two worlds seemed destined to collide with potentially disastrous consequences to the career Fisher hoped would redefine him as a soldier and an adult.

 

 

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