Jon, a captain, is greeted by his wife, Mary, and 9-month-old son, Jacob, during the return of the 55th Wing to Offutt Air Force Base after a 90-day deployment to southwest Asia on Friday, June 14, 2013. The airmen’s intelligence and surveillance jobs are so sensitive that the returnees and their families were not permitted to give their last names. Some of the dads remarked that it was fitting that the return occurred shortly before Father’s Day. REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD
Originally from Ohio and a graduate of Ball State University, I moved to Nebraska to join the World-Herald staff in 2004. As a photojournalist, I'm privileged to meet interesting people, learn new things and travel around the country. Whether I'm walking knee-deep in floodwater, kneeling on the sideline of a Husker football game or flying with the Nebraska Air Guard to Germany, my goal is always to tell the story with photos.