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Staff Sgt. Francis Jaeger, 42, from Fort Worth, Texas, and Spc. Ben Colton, 26, from Laie, Hawaii, tend their garden on the side of their work center in their off time. After changing fans and deep cleaning vehicles it's a side hobby both of the soldiers, attached to the 842nd Signal Battalion, enjoy at FOB Sykes on Wednesday. Jaeger said, "We try to bring a little bit of home with us."

Staff Sgt. Francis Jaeger, 42, from Fort Worth, Texas, and Spc. Ben Colton, 26, from Laie, Hawaii, tend their garden on the side of their work center in their off time. After changing fans and deep cleaning vehicles it's a side hobby both of the soldiers, attached to the 842nd Signal Battalion, enjoy at FOB Sykes on Wednesday. Jaeger said, "We try to bring a little bit of home with us." (Christopher B. Stoltz / Stars and Stripes)

Sgt. Victor Rascon, 36, from San Diego, deployed with the Company B, 29th Signal Battalion motor pool rebuilds a 15k generator, "I'll probably finish it tomorrow," to complete it within the 38-hour turnaround on Wednesday afternoon on FOB Sykes.

Sgt. Victor Rascon, 36, from San Diego, deployed with the Company B, 29th Signal Battalion motor pool rebuilds a 15k generator, "I'll probably finish it tomorrow," to complete it within the 38-hour turnaround on Wednesday afternoon on FOB Sykes. (Christopher B. Stoltz / Stars and Stripes)

Spc. Ben Colton, 26, from Laie, Hawaii, tends to a garden during some off time at FOB Sykes in northern Iraq.

Spc. Ben Colton, 26, from Laie, Hawaii, tends to a garden during some off time at FOB Sykes in northern Iraq. ( Christopher B. Stoltz/Stars and Stripes)

Sgt. 1st Class Mark Greenwell, 48, Century, Fla., with the 842nd Signal Battalion, sits on a swing during a break this week at FOB Sykes. The swing and camp were all built from scratch, with the working on it for a little over six months.

Sgt. 1st Class Mark Greenwell, 48, Century, Fla., with the 842nd Signal Battalion, sits on a swing during a break this week at FOB Sykes. The swing and camp were all built from scratch, with the working on it for a little over six months. ( Christopher B. Stoltz/Stars and Stripes)

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