In the first episode of the series, we meet our band of brothers -- a squad of Georgia National Guardsmen -- in the last anxious days before their year-long deployment to the war in Iraq. As the clock winds down to the moment of truth, they comfort their families and relish their final moments in their hometown of Dublin, unsure what lies ahead of them in chaos of combat in a foreign land.
From newly married 21-year-old Spc. Matt Clements to Squad Leader Sgt. Steve Willis, a 40-year-old father of two, the men are determined to do their duty and are nervous about the unknown dangers they faces. Spc. Jamey Chalker tries to enjoy his twins' first birthday party while Sgt. Larry O'Neal accompanies his pregnant wife to the hospital for their first ultrasound. Soon, all the families will be on their own, left with little more than memories of their men and worries about their safe return.
As the soldiers report to their base and say their final goodbyes, the sacrifice and heroism of these small town heroes and their loved ones becomes heart-wrenchingly clear. As the families numbly return home, our American soldiers board a plane for the Middle East and fly off into the unknown, sustained by each other and one unifying hope: that they all make it back to Georgia.