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Leadership of the 3rd Infantry Division serve service

Leadership of the 3rd Infantry Division serve service

Leadership of the 3rd Infantry Division serve service members Thanksgiving dinner in the Niagara dining facility at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 22, 2012.

Marines of Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion,

Marines of Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion,

Marines of Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), prepare their parachutes and gear for an aerial insertion training mission here, Oct. 5. The Marines jumped out of a KC-130... More

Cavalry Soldiers fire away

Cavalry Soldiers fire away

Sgt. Tim Sapanara, a gunner with Hawaii Army National Guard's Bravo Troop, 1-299 Cavalry, prepares a belt of 50 caliber ammunition to be locked and loaded during the unit's annual training at Pohakuloa Training... More

Soldiers with Alpha Company, 29th Brigade Special Troops

Soldiers with Alpha Company, 29th Brigade Special Troops

Soldiers with Alpha Company, 29th Brigade Special Troops Battalion move toward the demolition site at range nine during their annual training at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. Alpha Company, 29th BSTB is trai... More

Sgt. Tim Sapanara, a gunner with Hawaii Army National

Sgt. Tim Sapanara, a gunner with Hawaii Army National

Sgt. Tim Sapanara, a gunner with Hawaii Army National Guard's Bravo Troop, 1-299 Cavalry, prepares a belt of 50-caliber ammunition to be locked and loaded during the unit's annual training at Pohakuloa Training... More

Soldiers of Company C, 1-207th Aviation Regiment, based

Soldiers of Company C, 1-207th Aviation Regiment, based

Soldiers of Company C, 1-207th Aviation Regiment, based out of Hilo, Hawaii, stand in formation during their deployment ceremony Aug. 31. They are deploying in support of Operation New Dawn, formerly Operation ... More

Soldiers of the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment,

Soldiers of the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment,

Soldiers of the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Hawaii Army National Guard, conduct weapons qualification during pre-mobilization training, Jan. 31, 2012. The 117th MPAD is slated to deploy this spring ... More

Staff Sgt. Robert Souza III, a broadcast journalist

Staff Sgt. Robert Souza III, a broadcast journalist

Staff Sgt. Robert Souza III, a broadcast journalist with the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, renders aid to Staff Sgt. Garrett Fedorka, a medic with the Hawaii Army National Guard Medical Detachment, du... More

Sgt. Matt Young, public affairs specialist, 117th Mobile

Sgt. Matt Young, public affairs specialist, 117th Mobile

Sgt. Matt Young, public affairs specialist, 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, leads members of his unit during urban operations and site security training during mobilization training at Schofield Barrack... More

Staff Sgt. Samuel LaCorte prepares to board a CH-47

Staff Sgt. Samuel LaCorte prepares to board a CH-47

Staff Sgt. Samuel LaCorte prepares to board a CH-47 Chinook, April 4, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Nazly Confesor)

117th MPAD conducts training flight

117th MPAD conducts training flight

Sgt. Matt Young, photojournalist, 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, surveys the coastline of Oahu from a Boeing CH-47 Chinook during a training flight, April 15, 2012. The 117th MPAD conducted flight fami... More

From left, Capt. Samuel Cho and Capt. Nick Brecht,

From left, Capt. Samuel Cho and Capt. Nick Brecht,

From left, Capt. Samuel Cho and Capt. Nick Brecht, 9th Civil Support Team, California National Guard, arrive at Kaneohe Bay in response to a call about suspicious packages on nearby Coconut Island during a CST ... More

Army Sgt. Trampus Vojtasek, a survey team member from

Army Sgt. Trampus Vojtasek, a survey team member from

Army Sgt. Trampus Vojtasek, a survey team member from the 103rd Civil Support Team of Joint Base Elmendorff Richardson, Alaska, has his vitals checked before donning a hazardous materials protection suit at Han... More

Army Maj. Miller of the 64th Civil Support Team, New

Army Maj. Miller of the 64th Civil Support Team, New

Army Maj. Miller of the 64th Civil Support Team, New Mexico National Guard, receives the latest intel on the scenario from a role-playing FBI agent, while the rest of his team preps to the incident site.

Army Sgt. 1st Class David Willey, survey non-commissioned

Army Sgt. 1st Class David Willey, survey non-commissioned

Army Sgt. 1st Class David Willey, survey non-commissioned officer in charge, with the 10th Civil Support Team from Washington state, briefs his team members prior to a mission involving unknown chemical and bio... More

Soldiers and airmen with 85th Civil Support Team out

Soldiers and airmen with 85th Civil Support Team out

Soldiers and airmen with 85th Civil Support Team out of Utah, gather to coordinate and strategize their plan to approach the USS Duluth and USS Ogden vessels during the Kai Malu O Hawaii 2012 annual maritime ex... More

Ed Peterson, Kai Malu O Hawaii coordinator, briefs

Ed Peterson, Kai Malu O Hawaii coordinator, briefs

Ed Peterson, Kai Malu O Hawaii coordinator, briefs voluteers before the exercise begins, April 24, 2012. Kai Malu O Hawaii is a joint exercise between federal, state and local agencies to respond to terroristic... More

Army Staff Sgt. Jesus Niño of the 3/7 Field Artillery,

Army Staff Sgt. Jesus Niño of the 3/7 Field Artillery,

Army Staff Sgt. Jesus Niño of the 3/7 Field Artillery, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, test fires a gas-powered simulation rocket before before conducting an Oppsoing Forces (OPFOR) assault on a Drug Interdiction C... More

Spc. Dustin Downing, a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected

Spc. Dustin Downing, a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected

Spc. Dustin Downing, a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle driver for Bravo Company, 296th Brigade Support Battalion, loads the gunner's crew-served machine gun before a resupply mission in Kandahar, May 11, 2012.

Soldiers with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company,

Soldiers with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company,

Soldiers with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, prepare to exit Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar to conduct convoy operations in Panjwai distric... More

New district governor visits FOB Spin Boldak

New district governor visits FOB Spin Boldak

Mohammad Hasim Agha, the new district governor of Spin Boldak, meets for the first time, Col. Gary Johnston, commander, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Combined Task Force Viper, at Forward Operating Ba... More

Mohammad Hashim Agha, the new district governor, Spin

Mohammad Hashim Agha, the new district governor, Spin

Mohammad Hashim Agha, the new district governor, Spin Boldak, greets Col. Gary Johnston, commander, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Combined Task Force Viper, at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, May 15, 2012.

Spc. Chad Brown with the 1-107th Airfield Operations

Spc. Chad Brown with the 1-107th Airfield Operations

Spc. Chad Brown with the 1-107th Airfield Operations Battalion, Tennessee National Guard, receives an Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Me... More

U.S. Navy Seaman Mathew Dehaven draws blood from Australian

U.S. Navy Seaman Mathew Dehaven draws blood from Australian

U.S. Navy Seaman Mathew Dehaven draws blood from Australian Sapper Emma Littlewood for blood donor pre-screening at Multinational Base Tarin Kot, May 17, 2012. The blood donor pre-screening is part of a U.S. Ar... More

Border mission critical for future of Afghanistan

Border mission critical for future of Afghanistan

Maj. Gen. Jim Huggins, commander of Regional Command-South and the 82nd Airborne Division, meets with Lt. Col. Sayed Asadi of the Afghan National Army (center), and Col. Abdul Khalil of the 3rd Zone Afghan Bord... More

Sarkhatib Muhammad Shah, a Provincial Peace Committee

Sarkhatib Muhammad Shah, a Provincial Peace Committee

Sarkhatib Muhammad Shah, a Provincial Peace Committee chairman, boards a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter before going to an Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program shurah, in Gizab district, Uruzgan province, A... More

Murals painted by Army Spc. Cassandra Butkos at the

Murals painted by Army Spc. Cassandra Butkos at the

Murals painted by Army Spc. Cassandra Butkos at the landing zone on Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar, Afghanistan, May 20, 2012.

Personnel shop keeps administration on point

Personnel shop keeps administration on point

Soldiers of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division S1 shop pose for a quick picture on Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar, Afghanistan, May 23, 2012.

From left, Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Simpson and Lt.

From left, Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Simpson and Lt.

From left, Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Simpson and Lt. Col. David Jones, 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, roll up their unit colors during a transfer of authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak,... More

Ghiasudin, a graduating Afghan police officer, appears

Ghiasudin, a graduating Afghan police officer, appears

Ghiasudin, a graduating Afghan police officer, appears on graduation day at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, May 24, 2012. Ghiasudin is one of more than 240 graduating members of the Afghan Uniformed Police ... More

Afghan National Army soldiers work on a forklift to

Afghan National Army soldiers work on a forklift to

Afghan National Army soldiers work on a forklift to install part of an A-frame at Multi-National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, May 26, 2012. The Afghan Army soldiers were working with International Security Assi... More

Afghan Brig. Gen. Tafseer Khan speaks to the approximately

Afghan Brig. Gen. Tafseer Khan speaks to the approximately

Afghan Brig. Gen. Tafseer Khan speaks to the approximately 100 members of the Afghan National Security Force and International Security Force in attendance at a 3rd Zone Border Police commander's conference at ... More

Afghan National Army Lt. Shakar Shah leads a class

Afghan National Army Lt. Shakar Shah leads a class

Afghan National Army Lt. Shakar Shah leads a class of ANA soldiers on map reading at Multi-National Base Tarin Kot, May 27, 2012. Slovakian soldiers with the Military Advisory Team advised the class.

Staff Sgt. Clint Pinson, billeting non-commissioned

Staff Sgt. Clint Pinson, billeting non-commissioned

Staff Sgt. Clint Pinson, billeting non-commissioned officer in charge of the NATO Accommodation Barracks on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, checks the day's schedule and work orders in his officer here May 29, ... More

Australian Cpl. Brendon James Hall, search commander

Australian Cpl. Brendon James Hall, search commander

Australian Cpl. Brendon James Hall, search commander of the Other Government Agency Platoon, Provincial Recovery Team, lradios directions to his squad during a route clearance mission in Uruzgan province, Afgha... More

Provincial Chief of Police Matiullah Khan cuts a ribbon

Provincial Chief of Police Matiullah Khan cuts a ribbon

Provincial Chief of Police Matiullah Khan cuts a ribbon to officially mark the opening of the new Provincial Police headquarters in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, May 31. The ribbon cutting ceremony was to celebrate t... More

Staff Sgt. Stanley Arnold, a squad leader with 1st

Staff Sgt. Stanley Arnold, a squad leader with 1st

Staff Sgt. Stanley Arnold, a squad leader with 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, follows cultural requirements of removing his protective eyewear when speaking to villagers of Lowy K... More

Sgt. James Dillman and Sgt. James Roberts, both members

Sgt. James Dillman and Sgt. James Roberts, both members

Sgt. James Dillman and Sgt. James Roberts, both members of 2nd Platoon, Company C, of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, load up their gear prior to a dismounted patrol in Enjerga... More

Afghan Uniform Police prepare to lead a dismounted

Afghan Uniform Police prepare to lead a dismounted

Afghan Uniform Police prepare to lead a dismounted patrol in Dand district, southern Afghanistan, along with soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, Combined Taskforce Arrowhead, June 2... More

Australian and Afghan National Army soldiers stand

Australian and Afghan National Army soldiers stand

Australian and Afghan National Army soldiers stand in formation at an opening ceremony for Patrol Base Zafar, June 3, 2012.The base is located near the village of Chaka Juy, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.

Spc. Clifton Roach, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment,

Spc. Clifton Roach, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment,

Spc. Clifton Roach, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, scans his sector from the turret of a mine resistant ambush protected all-terrain vehicle, during Operation Southern Strike II i... More

An Afghan Border Policeman uses a metal detector to

An Afghan Border Policeman uses a metal detector to

An Afghan Border Policeman uses a metal detector to check for landmines during Operation Southern Strike II, near Yaro Kalay, Afghanistan, June 4, 2012. The ABP-led operation focused on disrupting enemy formati... More

A member of the Afghan Border Police appears moments

A member of the Afghan Border Police appears moments

A member of the Afghan Border Police appears moments after dismounting his vehicle during the initial phase of Operation Southern Strike II in Yaro Kalay, Afghanistan, June 4, 2012. The ABP-led operation focuse... More

Maj. Gen. Mohammed Salem Ehsas, 404th Maiwand Police,

Maj. Gen. Mohammed Salem Ehsas, 404th Maiwand Police,

Maj. Gen. Mohammed Salem Ehsas, 404th Maiwand Police, Afghan National Police commander and ANP Uruzgan Provincial Chief of Police Brig. Gen. Matullah Khan listen to concerns from their ANP subordinate officials... More

Afghan National Police officers take literacy classes

Afghan National Police officers take literacy classes

Afghan National Police officers take literacy classes at the Provincial Training Center located at Multi-national Base Tarin Kot, June 7, 2012.

Patrick Franko, the senior Mine Resistant Armored Protected

Patrick Franko, the senior Mine Resistant Armored Protected

Patrick Franko, the senior Mine Resistant Armored Protected egress trainer at Kandahar Airfield, uses a smoke machine to help simulate realistic rollover conditions during a training session, June 11. All U.S. ... More

Australian Capt. Rob Russell, medic officer for the

Australian Capt. Rob Russell, medic officer for the

Australian Capt. Rob Russell, medic officer for the Australian Force Support Unit, Role 1, talks to an Afghan National Army soldier about removing shrapnel from his face during a visit to the ANA Garrison Suppo... More

An Australian Combat Engineer holds a Rocket Propelled

An Australian Combat Engineer holds a Rocket Propelled

An Australian Combat Engineer holds a Rocket Propelled Grenade round while an Afghan National Army soldier cuts a lenght of detonation cord during Unexploded Ordnance clearance training during the Explosive Haz... More

The 1-14 Cavalry soldiers with an Afghan National Police

The 1-14 Cavalry soldiers with an Afghan National Police

The 1-14 Cavalry soldiers with an Afghan National Police officer during an ANP-led foot patrol near Wanow, Afghanistan, June 14, 2012.

From left, Sgt. Raul Zepeda and Spc. Martin A. Cardenas

From left, Sgt. Raul Zepeda and Spc. Martin A. Cardenas

From left, Sgt. Raul Zepeda and Spc. Martin A. Cardenas of the 57th Expeditionary Signal Battalion along with Spc. Larry Harper of the 209th Aviation Support Battalion and Senior Airmen Jerome Williams, Jr. (ri... More

Australian Maj. Greg Colton, the commander of Mentoring

Australian Maj. Greg Colton, the commander of Mentoring

Australian Maj. Greg Colton, the commander of Mentoring Team Charlie, 3rd Royal Australian Regiment Task Group, shares a laugh with Afghan National Army 1st. Lt. Abdul Rahman at Village Stability Staging Area A... More

First Lt. Benjamin Jankelns cuts the cake at the Waterloo

First Lt. Benjamin Jankelns cuts the cake at the Waterloo

First Lt. Benjamin Jankelns cuts the cake at the Waterloo Dinner held at Multinational Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, June 15, 2012.

Capt. Sean Nolan, commander of Charlie Company, 1st

Capt. Sean Nolan, commander of Charlie Company, 1st

Capt. Sean Nolan, commander of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, addresses his soldier following a 'combat patch' ceremony at Combat Outpost Lakaray, Afghanistan, June 16, 2012. The 1-17th... More

Navy hospital corpsmen stand to be recognized and recite

Navy hospital corpsmen stand to be recognized and recite

Navy hospital corpsmen stand to be recognized and recite the Hospital Corpsman Pledge during the profession's 114th birthday ceremony and celebration at Role 3 Multinational Hospital on Kandahar Airfield, June 17, 2012.

Col. Gary Johnston, commander of the 504th Battlefield

Col. Gary Johnston, commander of the 504th Battlefield

Col. Gary Johnston, commander of the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, and Sgt. Maj. Marc Gianotti, operations sergeant major of the 504th BfSB, prepare to case their unit colors during a ceremony held at... More

Spin Boldak-area sweet melon farmers held a shura on

Spin Boldak-area sweet melon farmers held a shura on

Spin Boldak-area sweet melon farmers held a shura on June 18, 2012, at the District Police Center to discuss better ways to pack, market and export the area's famous crop. Shura organizers made sure to compile ... More

On June 20, 2012, soldiers from 3rd Platoon, Bravo

On June 20, 2012, soldiers from 3rd Platoon, Bravo

On June 20, 2012, soldiers from 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment along with an explosive ordnance disposal team from 787th EOD Company, begin a foot patrol in southern Afghanista... More

Sgt. Vincent Reynolds and Pfc. Zackary Humphrey mortar

Sgt. Vincent Reynolds and Pfc. Zackary Humphrey mortar

Sgt. Vincent Reynolds and Pfc. Zackary Humphrey mortar men assigned to 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment scout out an area during a foot patrol in the Naib Kalay area of Afghanist... More

Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lowe, platoon sergeant, Second

Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lowe, platoon sergeant, Second

Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lowe, platoon sergeant, Second Platoon, Alpha Troop, 1-14 Cavalry Squadron performs preventative maintenance checks on an Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System before departing for... More

Pfc. Robert Snodgrass, medic for 2nd Platoon, Alpha

Pfc. Robert Snodgrass, medic for 2nd Platoon, Alpha

Pfc. Robert Snodgrass, medic for 2nd Platoon, Alpha Troop, 1-14th Cavalry, pulls security behind a mud wall during a patrol near Patrol Base Khyber, Afghanistan, June 24, 2012. Snodgrass has been an Army medic ... More

On June 25, 2012 a shura was held at the Panjwai District

On June 25, 2012 a shura was held at the Panjwai District

On June 25, 2012 a shura was held at the Panjwai District Headquarters where local villagers listened as multiple speakers address such issues as polio vaccines, new village projects and the election of new mal... More

Amin Ullah, a medic with 5th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 205th

Amin Ullah, a medic with 5th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 205th

Amin Ullah, a medic with 5th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 205th Infantry Corps teaches a class on hot-weather injury to a group of local Afghans, June 25 at the Pasaab Bazaar in Zharay district, Kandahar province, Afgh... More

College students from Kabul, Afghanistan show how they

College students from Kabul, Afghanistan show how they

College students from Kabul, Afghanistan show how they make ID cards for Afghan police officers and local villagers in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan June 26, 2012. These ID cards are the police officers a... More

Spc. Tyler Winowiecki, an infantryman with Headquarters

Spc. Tyler Winowiecki, an infantryman with Headquarters

Spc. Tyler Winowiecki, an infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, cleans the dust off his M4 carbine during Operation Buffalo ... More

Maj. Roger Shaw, an officer with the 3rd Stryker Brigade

Maj. Roger Shaw, an officer with the 3rd Stryker Brigade

Maj. Roger Shaw, an officer with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, listens to members of the local Afghan Border Police at a checkpoint during Operation Buffalo Thunder II near Baradge... More

Local Afghan workers ready the cement mixing machine,

Local Afghan workers ready the cement mixing machine,

Local Afghan workers ready the cement mixing machine, June 30, in Ghariban, Zharay district. They used the machine to help rebuild the surrounding compound during a partnered project with a team from the 445th ... More

A group of Uruzgan school girls sing the Afghan national

A group of Uruzgan school girls sing the Afghan national

A group of Uruzgan school girls sing the Afghan national anthem to mark the beginning of the Tarin Kot Road Program shura held at the provincial governor's compound, Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, June 30, 2012.

Body armor, Cooling off in Afghanistan

Body armor, Cooling off in Afghanistan

Second Lt. Cari Butler, a public affairs officer with the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Hawaii Army National Guard, stands under a waterfall to cool off during a patrol near Check Point Naychin, Afgha... More

Afghan government officials, and leaders from Afghan

Afghan government officials, and leaders from Afghan

Afghan government officials, and leaders from Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Force met just prior to the transition of security responsibility ceremony at Camp Hero in Kan... More

Artillerymen of the Afghan National Army’s 4th Kandak,

Artillerymen of the Afghan National Army’s 4th Kandak,

Artillerymen of the Afghan National Army’s 4th Kandak, D-30 Artillery Battery, prepare high explosive and white phosphorous smoke rounds prior to a culminating training event completing 16 weeks of partnered tr... More

Soldier known by many titles

Soldier known by many titles

Sgt. Jeremiah Hampton, a sniper team leader with Scout Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment finds time for a smile during a convoy in Zharay district, Kandahar provi... More

On July 5, 2012 members of the Civil Affairs Team 616,

On July 5, 2012 members of the Civil Affairs Team 616,

On July 5, 2012 members of the Civil Affairs Team 616, 1st Lt. Andrew Marsh and Spc. Brian Ludt, attached to the 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, discuss details about handing out humanitarian aid pa... More

A member of the Afghan Border Police hands out leaflets

A member of the Afghan Border Police hands out leaflets

A member of the Afghan Border Police hands out leaflets at a vehicle inspection point at Checkpoint 9 along Highway 4 in the district of Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, July 5, 2012. This Afghan Border Police checkpo... More

1st Lt. Andrew Marsh, a soldier with Civil Affairs

1st Lt. Andrew Marsh, a soldier with Civil Affairs

1st Lt. Andrew Marsh, a soldier with Civil Affairs Team 616, Combined Task Force Arrowhead, talks with Haji Naik Mohammad about the construction and security of Ghai Bana Baba School in Sperwan, Afghanistan on ... More

After the graduation the farmers were able to collect

After the graduation the farmers were able to collect

After the graduation the farmers were able to collect their new supply kits which included buckets, an orchard ladder, shears, lugs, gloves, helmets and safety goggles all which will greatly help improve the fa... More

Second Lt. Alex Armstrong, platoon leader, 1st Platoon,

Second Lt. Alex Armstrong, platoon leader, 1st Platoon,

Second Lt. Alex Armstrong, platoon leader, 1st Platoon, 288th Sapper Company, Mississippi Army National Guard, and Afghan National Army 1st Lt. Ismatullah, Route Clearance Company, 4th Brigade, 205th Corps disc... More

Village elders file in to attend a shura July 7, in

Village elders file in to attend a shura July 7, in

Village elders file in to attend a shura July 7, in Tieranon, a village cluster in Zharay district of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Roughly 50 village elders from all around Zharay were in attendance at the largest sh... More

Sgt. Kyle Matychowiak (front) and Staff Sgt. Bennie

Sgt. Kyle Matychowiak (front) and Staff Sgt. Bennie

Sgt. Kyle Matychowiak (front) and Staff Sgt. Bennie R. Mendez, soldiers of 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment scan their sectors for any threats at Azikzai police stati... More

Sgt. Kyle Matychowiak (front) and Staff Sgt. Bennie

Sgt. Kyle Matychowiak (front) and Staff Sgt. Bennie

Sgt. Kyle Matychowiak (front) and Staff Sgt. Bennie R. Mendez, soldiers of 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment scan their sectors for any threats at Azikzai police stati... More

Spc. Jason Sanders, a paratrooper of 2nd Platoon, Alpha

Spc. Jason Sanders, a paratrooper of 2nd Platoon, Alpha

Spc. Jason Sanders, a paratrooper of 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, carefully observes some shepherds near the Azikzai police station, July 9, 2012, in Central Azi... More

Afghan National Army Gen. Mohammad Zafar speaks with

Afghan National Army Gen. Mohammad Zafar speaks with

Afghan National Army Gen. Mohammad Zafar speaks with U.S. Army Col. Gerald Hadley, commander, Combined Team Uruzgan, before departing to Patrol Base Mashal, Afghanistan, July 9, 2012. [Interpreters face blurred... More

An Afghan National Army soldier cleans artillery rounds

An Afghan National Army soldier cleans artillery rounds

An Afghan National Army soldier cleans artillery rounds during Operation Eagle's Flight, an ANA artillery validation exercise held at Patrol Base Sorkh Bid, Afghanistan, July 11, 2012.

Village elders, members of the Afghan National Army’s

Village elders, members of the Afghan National Army’s

Village elders, members of the Afghan National Army’s 2nd Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 205th Infantry Corps and International Security Assistance Forces lower their heads in prayer before starting a shura, July 14, in ... More

Albanian Lt. Col. Ekland Dauti, commander of Team 5,

Albanian Lt. Col. Ekland Dauti, commander of Team 5,

Albanian Lt. Col. Ekland Dauti, commander of Team 5, greets a member of the Afghan Border Police following a transfer of authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, July 15, 2012. Dau... More

Air quality on Kandahar Airfield set to improve

Air quality on Kandahar Airfield set to improve

Tim Blevins, an environmental specialist for Kandahar Airfield, explains July 16 how the black water retention pond on the airfield, better known as Poo Pond, will be drained and remediated in the near future. ... More

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ceburn Gilliam, commander, Security

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ceburn Gilliam, commander, Security

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ceburn Gilliam, commander, Security Forces Advisory Team 12, shakes hands with Afghan National Police Gen. Matiullah Khan, provincial chief of police, at the Provincial Police Headquarters, U... More

An Australian army soldier pulls security outside the

An Australian army soldier pulls security outside the

An Australian army soldier pulls security outside the Tarin Kot Police Sub Station while local Afghans walk by, Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, July 19, 2012.

Dadullah, an Afghan farmer, holds a piece of a plant

Dadullah, an Afghan farmer, holds a piece of a plant

Dadullah, an Afghan farmer, holds a piece of a plant in a cucumber field near Haji Nikal, Afghanistan, July 22, 2012. Dadullah said the pest problem is a significant threat to crops this year. The U.S. Agency f... More

Two members of the Albanian special operations forces

Two members of the Albanian special operations forces

Two members of the Albanian special operations forces conduct security operations with Sgt. 1st Class Jason Taylor (back, left) and Staff Sgt. Glen Kent near Haji Nikal, Afghanistan, July 22, 2012. Both U.S. so... More

Lt. Col. Deborah Ellis, the 502nd Military Intelligence

Lt. Col. Deborah Ellis, the 502nd Military Intelligence

Lt. Col. Deborah Ellis, the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion commander, addresses some of her soldiers July 23 before a patching ceremony in Forward Operating Base Pasab, Zharay district, Kandahar province... More

Lt. Col. Joseph Cetta, an officer with the 3rd Stryker

Lt. Col. Joseph Cetta, an officer with the 3rd Stryker

Lt. Col. Joseph Cetta, an officer with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team and Combined Task Force Arrowhead, speaks with U.S. and Afghan civilians about a construction project outside the district center in th... More

Afghan National Army soldiers inspect an 82mm mortar

Afghan National Army soldiers inspect an 82mm mortar

Afghan National Army soldiers inspect an 82mm mortar tube during a classroom session of a mortar validation course held at Patrol Base Sorkh Bid, Afghanistan, July 27, 2012. The class was taught by members of M... More

NCO academy students with the Afghan Border Police

NCO academy students with the Afghan Border Police

NCO academy students with the Afghan Border Police listen to a speech during a police graduation held at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, July 28, 2012.

Afghan National Army soldiers get into one of 2nd Platoon,

Afghan National Army soldiers get into one of 2nd Platoon,

Afghan National Army soldiers get into one of 2nd Platoon, Apache Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment’s Strykers on July 30, 2012. The ANA and U.S. soldiers conduct joint patrols daily here in southe... More

Sgt. Wakil from the Afghan National Army instructs

Sgt. Wakil from the Afghan National Army instructs

Sgt. Wakil from the Afghan National Army instructs members of the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police in improvised explosive devices at Patrol Base Musaza’i, Afghanistan, July 30 2012. (Austral... More

Warrior’s Huddle provides game plan to combat redeployment issues

Warrior’s Huddle provides game plan to combat redeployment issues

Maj. Edward Choi, the brigade chaplain for Combined Task Force-Arrowhead, explains the concept of the new behavioral health tool The Warrior's Huddle during the Sergeants Major/Religious Support Team Conference... More

Afghan National Army Sgt. Mohammad Nadir, Route Clearance

Afghan National Army Sgt. Mohammad Nadir, Route Clearance

Afghan National Army Sgt. Mohammad Nadir, Route Clearance Company, 4th Brigade, and two fellow soldiers perform maintenance on a bomb disposal robot as part of the Explore Ordnance Detection validation exercise... More

Capt. Gul Agha, Tarin Kot District Chief of Police,

Capt. Gul Agha, Tarin Kot District Chief of Police,

Capt. Gul Agha, Tarin Kot District Chief of Police, describes what he wants added to his police station to Afghan National Army 1st. Lt. Zabidullah, Commander of Engineering, 4th Kandak, at the Tarin Kot Police... More

U.S. Army 1st. Lt. David T. Nesseth talks with an Afghan

U.S. Army 1st. Lt. David T. Nesseth talks with an Afghan

U.S. Army 1st. Lt. David T. Nesseth talks with an Afghan National Police officer at the Tarin Kot Provincial Police Substation, Aug 7, 2012.

Tiny team’s innovation leads to big savings

Tiny team’s innovation leads to big savings

Capt. Anthony Calingo of the 558th Movement Control Team, left, discusses transportation operations at an entry point on Kandahar Airfield with Capt. Thomas Harris of the 632nd Movement Control Team on Aug. 9. ... More