For more than a year, The Sentinel followed this Army Reserve unit’s march to a year-long deployment and chronicled the journey.

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JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — The soldiers sat quietly in 11 straight rows facing forward, a mass of green, tan and brown camouflage.

This month, family members of soldiers in the 220th Transportation Company shared with The Sentinel stories about their lives while their love…

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Preparations are made for the arrival of several members of the 220th Transportation Company at the Army Reserve Center in Keene Saturday night.

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CASEY FARRAR / Sentinel Staff Soldiers stand during the invocation at the 220th Transportation Company's welcome ceremony April 22 at Joint Ba…

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Sgt. Karl R. Pollock of Rindge waits for his granddaughter Ava, 4, to run into his arms during a homecoming ceremony for the Keene-based 220th…

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Soldiers of the Keene-based 220th Transportation Company await the start of a welcome ceremony April 22 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in…

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The color guard carries the American flag at the end of the Keene-based 220th Transportation Company's welcome ceremony in New Jersey last week.

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Members of the 220th Transportation Company and their family members listen to Capt. Adam D. Ziegner of Newfane, Vt., during the unit's welcom…

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NO NEED FOR WORDS. Kim Pollock, right, embraces her husband Karl, at the welcome ceremony at the Army Reserve Center in Keene Saturday, April …

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Preparations take place for the arrival of several members of the 220th Transportation Company at the Army Reserve Center in Keene Saturday, April 23.

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Karl Pollock of the 220th Transportation Company is greeted enthusiastically by his grandaughter Ava, 4, of Derry, Saturday, April 23.

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Soldiers stand during the invocation at the 220th Transportation Company's welcome ceremony April 22 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Ne…

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Soldiers of the Keene-based 220th Transportation Company await the start of a welcome ceremony April 22 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in…

Master Sgt. Carlos Lopez of Isabela, Puerto Rico sees off a convoy of trucks from the Keene-based 220th Transportation Company. Lopez salutes …

Children stand with a crop harvest near the road between Balad Airbase and Contingency Operating Base Speicher to watch the passing convoy.

In the waning evening light, soldiers of the 220th Transportation Company prepare for a formation. Seven soldiers received promotions during t…

Leaving the convoy staging lanes in Balad Saturday morning for the return convoy to Contingency Operating Base Speicher, near Tikrit, Iraq. Ri…

Staff Sgt. Bobbie Short of North Andover, Mass. works in the administrative office for the 220th Transportation Company, and served as truck c…

Soldiers unload the vehicles they hauled to Balad, Iraq Saturday afternoon. After unloading, they loaded several of the trucks with more vehic…

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CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – Silhouetted in rows of glaring headlights, soldiers dart back and forth between trucks.

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CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – There’s rarely a quiet moment in Sgt. Howard W. Shay Jr.’s white tiled office at the headquarters …

Sgt. Robert Makarskiand his wife, Shelley, share a moment together during Thursday’s farewell ceremony for the 220th Transportation Company.

Pvt. Keith Corriveau, 21, of Antrim, and his 22-year-old girlfriend, Brittney Johnson, of Antrim, have talked about how they’ll stay in touch …

Dad Jeremy J. Barcomb, at home with Colin, 1, is also Staff Sgt. Jeremy J. Barcomb of the Army Reserve’s 220th Transportation Company. They sh…

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On a snowy Monday afternoon in December, Staff Sgt. Jeremy J. Barcomb’s house in Swanzey is quiet. His sons, 1 and 3 years old, are away at da…

Pfc. Aidan F. Latimer of Langdon was with the rest of the Army Reserve’s 220th Transportation Company at the Fort Devens Training Complex in M…

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This week, the Army Reserve’s 220th Transportation Company, based in Keene, will leave for four months of training at military bases across th…

Sgt. Howard Shay Jr., of Keene, fires his M-16A2 semi-automatic assault rifle at the Fort Devens Training Complex in Massachusetts Aug.15, 20…

Ft. Devens training. Staff Sgt. Jeremy J. Barcomb, of Swanzey, works with a soldier at the rifle training complex at Ft. Devens August 15, 200…

Soldiers rest their rifles while they wait for the 6 a.m. breakfast at “Troopers Inn,” Saturday, August 15, 2009. They were getting weapons t…

Ft. Devens training. Staff Sgt. Ben Masterson records a soldier’s target at the Ft. Devens Training Complex on Saturday August 15, 2009. Photo…

Ft. Devens training. Early morning start of training by the 220th Transportation Company on Saturday August 15, 2009. Photo by Steve Hooper.