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The Shift From War

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(KCEN) -- For the past nine months, Specialist Sean Doyle's life has been running security missions on and around Bagram Air Force Base.

For as long as he can remember, war has been raging around it.

"As I've been growing up, going through school, the wars have always been on TV, and then I've been part of it, and this is all I've known growing up pretty much," he said.

But by the end of this year, life as he knows it will change.

U.S. troops will withdraw from Afghanistan, and our military won't be at war for the first time in 12 and a half years.

"It's going to be weird knowing that I'm not going to be going anywhere, that I'm going to be staying in the same place for a while, because as I've been in, it's been get ready for deployment, and that's it."

Staff Sergeant Tyler Lape has put his life on pause to answer the call.

"I think it's going to be strange, not having something to look forward to leaving," Lape said.

In his case, an end to this conflict will be the means for a whole new beginning.

"From small things like getting a vehicle to buying a boat or like starting a relationship, it's like oh I'm leaving in two months, I'm just going to hold off on that," he said.

Their lives will soon be very different. They will no longer patrol these Bagram streets, or lie awake wondering if they'll be called into harms way. But it's not this sudden change that will stay with them in years to come. It's the major change here in Afghanistan that they are forever a part of.

"I think being part of the history; having kids and hopefully grandkids after that, and them hopefully talking about Operation Enduring Freedom, I'll be able to tell my story."

It's a story that's still being written as the final chapter winds down.

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