Spc. Jason Cromwell, 27, of the Wahoo-based 623rd Engineer Company stops to talk with a few of his teachers from high school in Wahoo, NE during his last day before a one year deployment. The next day, Cromwell will fly out of Lincoln to Fort Bliss in Texas to stay for one month before an 11-month deployment to Afghanistan where he will work as a plumber in the construction of different military structures.
While eating his lunch at Hao's Garden, Cromwell explains that although some larger military bases do have typical American fast food chains, the typical diet is not that appetizing. In particular he mentioned that the Mountain Dew oveseas has a lot less sugar, which makes it nearly as good, and that the bottom of the cans are slightly heavier giving the false impression that an empty can still has some soda left in it.
Cromwell walks back to his mother's house with a flag that had blown over in the strong wind.
Cromwel sits on a couch in his mother's home in Wahoo, NE during his last day before a one year deployment.
Cromwell is interviewed by KETV Omaha for a followup story to an interview done several years earlier before his first deployment to Iraq as an infantryman. Ashley Werst, Cromwell's girlfriend avoided joining the interview for as long as she could, but was eventually asked to sit next to Cromwell.
The day before his one year deployment to Afghanistan, Spc. Jason Cromwell comforts his girlfriend Ashley Werst as they prepare to leave Cromwell’s mother, Linda Slosser’s house after several failed attempts to leave and Slosser’s suggestion that leaving wasn’t going to get any easier in Wahoo, Neb. on Oct. 27, 2010. The two ended up staying longer to continue talking for almost another hour.
Cromwell is given a St. Sebastian protection medal by his mother as he leaves her home.
After visting with his mother, Cromwell returns to his apartment in Fremont, NE which he had just moved into with his girlfriend a week and a half ago. Unable to think of anything to do, Cromwell played video games for a few hours before some friends showed up.
Cromwell playing God of War 3 on his Sony Playstation 3, which he says he enjoys doing because he is still accustomed to the extremely high temperatures of Iraq and does not like the Nebraska cold.
Cromwell and his girlfriend Ashley Werst pose for pictures together for several friends and family members that came over to his apartment say goodbye.
Cromwell comforts his girlfriend Ashley Werst after finding her crying in the bathroom.