Awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography
This is how an American soldier is made. For 27 months, Ian Fisher, his parents and friends, and the U.S. Army allowed a Denver Post photographer and reporters to watch and chronicle his recruitment, induction, training, deployment and, finally, his return from combat. For more than two years Denver Post staff photojournalist Craig F. Walker followed Ian as his life inside and outside of the U.S. Army unfolded.
The story was written by Kevin Simpson, Michael Riley, Bruce Finley and Craig F. Walker. It was reported by Riley in Colorado and at Fort Benning, Ga., Finley at Fort Carson and in Iraq, and photographer Craig F. Walker throughout.