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By Sgt Christopher Gaylord
For the Sentinel 

Goldendale soldier meets his daughter


Contributed: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher M. Gaylord

NICE TO MEET YOU: Spc. Ryan Tremble of Goldendale meets his daughter, Jade, for the first time March 24, after watching her grow up through photos, video, and over webcam. He holds her in his arms at Wilson Gym on Joint Base Lewis-McChord upon his return with the 54th Military Police Company from a year-long deployment to central Afghanistan.

Spc. Ryan Tremble has watched his nine-month-old daughter, Jade, grow up like most other parents do—a little bit at a time.

But he’s witnessed it all from behind a screen. No touching, no playing, no holding. For the 22-year-old, his daughter’s life has been more of a movie than anything else.

Through photos, videos and over webcam—when variable internet connectivity came through for him—Tremble saw as many moments of his Jade’s life unfold as his wife could manage for him.

But no technology, no matter how advanced, can ever compare to the real thing.

Tremble met Jade in person for the first time, March 24, when he and the rest of the 54th Military Police Company returned from...

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