Politics aside, there's something out there besides hot dogs and fireworks. I recently had the unique opportunity of being imbedded in live-fire training exercises in a collaborative project generated by the Society of Illustrators and The US Air Force. These young, admirable men let me into their world. With only 28 days of training behind them, they get deported. It was an exhilarating, yet sobering experience. Here are a few sketches from my trip.