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Sgt. Richard Mansford, a soldier serving in Iraq with

Sgt. Richard Mansford, a soldier serving in Iraq with

Sgt. Richard Mansford, a soldier serving in Iraq with the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, carries a fuel hose during a unit competition, Oct. 23, 2010. The competition, called the Susta... More

Last aviation brigade Soldiers reunite with Families after deployment

Last aviation brigade Soldiers reunite with Families after deployment

Kristin Maldonado gives her husband, Capt. Ricardo Maldonado, a long-awaited hug May 14 after the latter returned from more than a year in Iraq. Ricardo and three other soldiers were reunited with their familie... More

Lt. Col. Andrew Cole receives the Order of Saint Michael

Lt. Col. Andrew Cole receives the Order of Saint Michael

Lt. Col. Andrew Cole receives the Order of Saint Michael medal from Col. Frank Muth during a ceremony on Fort Riley, May 19. Cole and several other soldiers with the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Divisi... More

Aviation brigade NCOs get training at Fort Riley ASAP

Aviation brigade NCOs get training at Fort Riley ASAP

A Fort Riley ASAP employee briefs soldiers of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, May 18. Non-commissioned officers from the brigade attended training at the ASAP center as a professional develo... More

Aviation NCO ready to retire after 25 years of service
All-female color guard supports Kansas BPW convention

All-female color guard supports Kansas BPW convention

Sgt. Gina McCormick places the U.S. flag in its position during the 92nd annual Kansas Business and Professional Women convention at the Clarion Hotel in Manhattan, June 4. At the Kansas BPW’s request, McCormic... More

Fort Riley soldiers gathered in Junction City June

Fort Riley soldiers gathered in Junction City June

Fort Riley soldiers gathered in Junction City June 15 to build a wheelchair ramp for a local man. Soldiers from the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division's D Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Batta... More

A soldier with the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry

A soldier with the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry

A soldier with the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division focuses down-range during weapons qualification at Fort Riley, July 26.

Fort Riley medevac unit starts hoist training

Fort Riley medevac unit starts hoist training

Lt. Col. Brian Hughes, commander of the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, is lowered on a hoist from a Black Hawk medevac helicopter during training on Fort Riley, July 28. This is ... More

Sgt. Steven Zimmerman, right, shakes hands with Junction

Sgt. Steven Zimmerman, right, shakes hands with Junction

Sgt. Steven Zimmerman, right, shakes hands with Junction City Police Chief Tim Brown, Aug. 2, after receiving a certificate of appreciation from Mayor Pat Landers in recognition of his assistance in helping Gea... More

An M4 rifle sits ready in the hands of a 1st Infantry

An M4 rifle sits ready in the hands of a 1st Infantry

An M4 rifle sits ready in the hands of a 1st Infantry Division soldier during a mission in eastern Afghanistan, April 26.

President Barack Obama speaks to troops serving on

President Barack Obama speaks to troops serving on

President Barack Obama speaks to troops serving on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, during a surprise visit, May 2.

Maj. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., left, and Command

Maj. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., left, and Command

Maj. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Charles V. Sasser Jr., the command team of Combined Joint Task Force-1 and the 1st Infantry Division, place a ceremonial wreath during a Memorial D... More

Local Afghans gather around a newly re-opened water

Local Afghans gather around a newly re-opened water

Local Afghans gather around a newly re-opened water pumping station in Charikar, the capital of Parwan province, June 11. The pumping station, which was originally built in 2008, fell into disuse because of the... More

A group of Afghan children pose for a photo in Afghanistan’s

A group of Afghan children pose for a photo in Afghanistan’s

A group of Afghan children pose for a photo in Afghanistan’s eastern Parwan province. The province is one of the more relatively peaceful areas in the country’s mountainous northeast, and U.S. troops here focus... More

Spc. Charles Cothren, 1st Infantry Division, stands

Spc. Charles Cothren, 1st Infantry Division, stands

Spc. Charles Cothren, 1st Infantry Division, stands guard as soldiers return to an Afghan compound following a mission in Parwan province, Afghanistan, June 11.

British army Brig. Felix Gedney and soldiers from the

British army Brig. Felix Gedney and soldiers from the

British army Brig. Felix Gedney and soldiers from the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division rush towards a Chinook helicopter after a visit to a remote operating base in Paktika province, Afghanistan, June 28.

Roughly 20,000 U.S. service members spent this Fourth

Roughly 20,000 U.S. service members spent this Fourth

Roughly 20,000 U.S. service members spent this Fourth of July serving in the ranks of Regional Command – East, the coalition command responsible for military operations in the 14 provinces of eastern Afghanistan.

An U.S. soldier deployed to Kapisa province, Afghanistan,

An U.S. soldier deployed to Kapisa province, Afghanistan,

An U.S. soldier deployed to Kapisa province, Afghanistan, with the Texas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment, pulls security during a mission, Aug. 1. The 1-143 provides security for th... More

Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Davis, a soldier deployed to

Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Davis, a soldier deployed to

Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Davis, a soldier deployed to Afghanistan with the Texas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infantry Regiment, gives a convoy brief to his troops before a mission Aug. 1, 2012.

“Sky” soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat

“Sky” soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat

“Sky” soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at Combat Outpost McClain, Afghanistan, Nov. 22, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale, RC-East Public Affairs)

Sgt. Richard Mansford, a soldier serving on Camp Taji,

Sgt. Richard Mansford, a soldier serving on Camp Taji,

Sgt. Richard Mansford, a soldier serving on Camp Taji, Iraq, with the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, sprints across a range, Nov. 7, 2010 during Demon Fury, a competition designed to t... More

A Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an

A Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an

A Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an airfield on Camp Taji, Iraq, before a surveillance mission in the Baghdad area. F Company, “FENIX,” will become an official part of the Combat Aviation Briga... More

Col. Frank Muth places the Order of Saint Michael medal

Col. Frank Muth places the Order of Saint Michael medal

Col. Frank Muth places the Order of Saint Michael medal around the neck of First Sgt. Kevin Kramer in an induction ceremony on Fort Riley, May 19. Kramer and several other soldiers with the Combat Aviation Brig... More

Fort Riley soldiers gathered in Junction City June

Fort Riley soldiers gathered in Junction City June

Fort Riley soldiers gathered in Junction City June 15 to build a wheelchair ramp for a local man. Soldiers from the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division's D Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Batta... More

A soldier with the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry

A soldier with the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry

A soldier with the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division fires at a pop-up target during weapons qualification at Fort Riley, July 26.

Junction City Mayor Pat Landers, left, and Sgt. Steven

Junction City Mayor Pat Landers, left, and Sgt. Steven

Junction City Mayor Pat Landers, left, and Sgt. Steven Zimmerman stand for a photo during a city hall meeting, Aug. 2. Landers and Police Chief Tim Brown presented Zimmerman with a certificate of appreciation i... More

A 1st Infantry Division soldier scans the Afghan countryside

A 1st Infantry Division soldier scans the Afghan countryside

A 1st Infantry Division soldier scans the Afghan countryside during a mission in eastern Afghanistan, April 26.

President Barack Obama speaks to troops serving on

President Barack Obama speaks to troops serving on

President Barack Obama speaks to troops serving on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, during a surprise visit, May 2.

Maj. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. speaks to soldiers

Maj. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. speaks to soldiers

Maj. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. speaks to soldiers during a Memorial Day service on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 28.

Local Afghan businessmen give Lt. Col. James Davis

Local Afghan businessmen give Lt. Col. James Davis

Local Afghan businessmen give Lt. Col. James Davis a turn at cutting the ribbon at a ceremony celebrating Bagram Food Company’s acquisition of a transformer that will expand their production capabilities in Cha... More

A boy casts an interested look at a U.S. soldier June

A boy casts an interested look at a U.S. soldier June

A boy casts an interested look at a U.S. soldier June 11, 2012, during a mission in Charikar, the capital of Afghanistan’s Parwan province. The soldier, a medic assigned to the 1st Infantry Division’s headquart... More

A 1st Infantry Division soldier assigned to the headquarters

A 1st Infantry Division soldier assigned to the headquarters

A 1st Infantry Division soldier assigned to the headquarters battalion’s security platoon prepares his vehicle for a mission June 11 on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

British army Brig. Felix Gedney, a deputy commanding

British army Brig. Felix Gedney, a deputy commanding

British army Brig. Felix Gedney, a deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, turns his head to scan the Afghan countryside as his Chinook helicopter prepares to land at a remote base i... More

Army 1st Lt. Nick Bono, center, the aide-de-camp for

Army 1st Lt. Nick Bono, center, the aide-de-camp for

Army 1st Lt. Nick Bono, center, the aide-de-camp for Brig. Gen. Paul Funk, the 1st Infantry Division deputy commanding general for maneuver, helps unload pizzas at a combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan’s Pakt... More

A U.S. soldier pulls security during a mission in eastern

A U.S. soldier pulls security during a mission in eastern

A U.S. soldier pulls security during a mission in eastern Afghanistan’s Kapisa province, Aug. 1, 2012. Assigned to the Texas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infantry Regiment, he is one of... More

Through an interpreter, an Afghan man speaks about

Through an interpreter, an Afghan man speaks about

Through an interpreter, an Afghan man speaks about a recent road repair project Aug. 2 with U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Shafa, the commander of Provincial Reconstruction Kapisa. PRT Kapisa is a U.S. military-l... More

A 1st Infantry Division soldier holds a salute during

A 1st Infantry Division soldier holds a salute during

A 1st Infantry Division soldier holds a salute during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sept. 11. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale)

U.S. soldiers at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields,

U.S. soldiers at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields,

U.S. soldiers at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, Afghanistan, sit down to a mid-afternoon Thanksgiving meal, Nov. 22, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale, RC-East Public Affairs)

A 1st Infantry Division soldier stands guard on Bagram

A 1st Infantry Division soldier stands guard on Bagram

A 1st Infantry Division soldier stands guard on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, April 26.

President Barack Obama speaks to troops serving on

President Barack Obama speaks to troops serving on

President Barack Obama speaks to troops serving on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, during a surprise visit, May 2.

Lt. Col. David Lockhart, chaplain, gives the benediction

Lt. Col. David Lockhart, chaplain, gives the benediction

Lt. Col. David Lockhart, chaplain, gives the benediction at a Memorial Day service on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 28.

An Afghan boy stands close by as local
officials and

An Afghan boy stands close by as local officials and

An Afghan boy stands close by as local officials and residents of Charikar, the provincial capital of Parwan, Afghanistan, speak with U.S. Department of State and Army officers at a ribbon cutting ceremony, Jun... More

A 1st Infantry Division soldier assigned to the headquarters

A 1st Infantry Division soldier assigned to the headquarters

A 1st Infantry Division soldier assigned to the headquarters battalion’s security platoon prepares his vehicle for a mission June 11 on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

Local Afghan businessmen and Bill Swaney, the U.S.

Local Afghan businessmen and Bill Swaney, the U.S.

Local Afghan businessmen and Bill Swaney, the U.S. Department of State’s senior civilian representative in Afghanistan’s Parwan province, cut the ribbon at a water pumping station in Charikar, June 11. With U.S... More

Seen through a small window on the side of its sister

Seen through a small window on the side of its sister

Seen through a small window on the side of its sister ship, a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter sits ready on the flight line of a coalition base in eastern Afghanistan, June 28.

In celebration of Independence Day, U.S. soldiers serving

In celebration of Independence Day, U.S. soldiers serving

In celebration of Independence Day, U.S. soldiers serving on a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan’s Wardak province enjoy pizza and non-alcoholic beer delivered to them by Brig. Gen. Paul Funk, the 1st Infan... More

A U.S. soldier provides security during a trip to a

A U.S. soldier provides security during a trip to a

A U.S. soldier provides security during a trip to a clinic in eastern Afghanistan’s Kapisa province, Aug. 1, 2012. The soldier is assigned to the Texas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infa... More

Tech. Sgt. Richard Love, left, and U.S. Air Force Lt.

Tech. Sgt. Richard Love, left, and U.S. Air Force Lt.

Tech. Sgt. Richard Love, left, and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Shafa, right, speak to an Afghan man about a recent road repair project in Afghanistan’s Kapisa province, Aug. 2. Love and Shafa are members of Pr... More

A U.S. Army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division

A U.S. Army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division

A U.S. Army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepares his Thanksgiving plate at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shield, Afghanistan, Nov. 22, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale, RC-E... More

A 1st Infantry Division soldier prepares to board a

A 1st Infantry Division soldier prepares to board a

A 1st Infantry Division soldier prepares to board a helicopter on Forward Operating Base Shank, a joint coalition and Afghan force base in eastern Afghanistan, April 26.

President Barack Obama speaks to troops serving on

President Barack Obama speaks to troops serving on

President Barack Obama speaks to troops serving on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, during a surprise visit, May 2.

Army 1st Infantry Division soldiers serving on Bagram

Army 1st Infantry Division soldiers serving on Bagram

Army 1st Infantry Division soldiers serving on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, stand ready to fire a 21-gun-salute during a Memorial Day service, May 28.

Afghan children take a break from
collecting water

Afghan children take a break from collecting water

Afghan children take a break from collecting water to wave as U.S. troops pass by during a mission in eastern Afghanistan’s Parwan province, June 11, 2012. The soldiers, assigned to the 1st Infantry Division’s ... More

A 1st Infantry Division soldier mans the turret of

A 1st Infantry Division soldier mans the turret of

A 1st Infantry Division soldier mans the turret of an armored vehicle during a mission in Parwan province, Afghanistan, June 11.

A local tradition, Afghan businessmen and officials

A local tradition, Afghan businessmen and officials

A local tradition, Afghan businessmen and officials lay scissors on a tray of candies after cutting the ribbon at a water pumping station in Charikar, Parwan province, June 11. The pumping station, which was or... More

British army Brig. Felix Gedney, accompanied by U.S.

British army Brig. Felix Gedney, accompanied by U.S.

British army Brig. Felix Gedney, accompanied by U.S. Army officers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, tours a base in eastern Afghanistan's Paktika province, June 28.

Spc. Michael Dawdy, a cook with the 3rd Brigade, 1st

Spc. Michael Dawdy, a cook with the 3rd Brigade, 1st

Spc. Michael Dawdy, a cook with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, prepares pizzas delivered to him and other U.S. troops serving on a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan in celebration of Independence Day.

An Afghan child smiles during an encounter with U.S.

An Afghan child smiles during an encounter with U.S.

An Afghan child smiles during an encounter with U.S. troops during a mission to check on local wells and water pumps in Kapisa province, Aug. 2. Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa is one of several teams dep... More

A soldier deployed to Afghanistan with the Texas Army

A soldier deployed to Afghanistan with the Texas Army

A soldier deployed to Afghanistan with the Texas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infantry Regiment, prepares his truck’s weapon system before a mission from Bagram Air Field to eastern Afg... More

U.S. soldiers at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields,

U.S. soldiers at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields,

U.S. soldiers at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, Afghanistan, sit down to a mid-afternoon Thanksgiving meal, Nov. 22, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale, RC-East Public Affairs)

A 1st Infantry Division soldier scans the Afghan countryside

A 1st Infantry Division soldier scans the Afghan countryside

A 1st Infantry Division soldier scans the Afghan countryside during a mission in eastern Afghanistan, April 26.

President Barack Obama interacts with troops on Bagram

President Barack Obama interacts with troops on Bagram

President Barack Obama interacts with troops on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 2.

A Fort Riley, Kan., soldier serving in Afghanistan

A Fort Riley, Kan., soldier serving in Afghanistan

A Fort Riley, Kan., soldier serving in Afghanistan with the 1st Infantry Division’s headquarters battalion looks out the front window of an armored vehicle during a convoy from Bagram Airfield to a forward oper... More

An U.S. Army captain shows British army Brig. Felix

An U.S. Army captain shows British army Brig. Felix

An U.S. Army captain shows British army Brig. Felix Gedney the countryside surrounding his base in Paktika province, Afghanistan, June 28.

A U.S. soldier deployed to eastern Afghanistan celebrates

A U.S. soldier deployed to eastern Afghanistan celebrates

A U.S. soldier deployed to eastern Afghanistan celebrates the Fourth of July with a slice of pizza delivered to him and others at a remote combat outpost by 1st Infantry Division Deputy Commanding General – Man... More

An Afghan girl ventures a curious look
from her residence

An Afghan girl ventures a curious look from her residence

An Afghan girl ventures a curious look from her residence in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, as U.S. troops assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa, a military-led reconstruction team, visit a local cli... More

A soldier deployed to Afghanistan with the Texas Army

A soldier deployed to Afghanistan with the Texas Army

A soldier deployed to Afghanistan with the Texas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infantry Regiment, prepares his truck’s weapon system before a mission from Bagram Air Field to eastern Afg... More

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno listens to a briefing from combat commanders serving in eastern Afghanistan during a trip to Bagram Air Field, Sept. 18, 2012.

U.S. troops stationed at Forward Operating Base

U.S. troops stationed at Forward Operating Base

U.S. troops stationed at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, Afghanistan, decorated their local dining facility for a special Thanksgiving meal, Nov. 22, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale, RC-East P... More

Afghan men look on as Spc. Charles Cothren stands guard

Afghan men look on as Spc. Charles Cothren stands guard

Afghan men look on as Spc. Charles Cothren stands guard during a mission in eastern Afghanistan’s Parwan province. Cothren is deployed from Fort Riley, Kan., with the 1st Infantry Division’s headquarters battalion.

An U.S. Army soldier watches the approach of his ride,

An U.S. Army soldier watches the approach of his ride,

An U.S. Army soldier watches the approach of his ride, a Chinook helicopter, as it approaches a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan's Paktika province, June 28.

U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan with the 4th Brigade

U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan with the 4th Brigade

U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, make an Independence Day toast over a special holiday treat of pizzas and non-alcoholic beers. Brig. Gen. Paul Funk... More

An Afghan child shoots a confused look
into the camera

An Afghan child shoots a confused look into the camera

An Afghan child shoots a confused look into the camera Aug. 1, 2012, in eastern Afghanistan’s Kapisa province. Despite an 11-year presence here, U.S. troops are often still a spectacle to many Afghans in the re... More

Sgt. Christopher Rohling, center, goes over last minute

Sgt. Christopher Rohling, center, goes over last minute

Sgt. Christopher Rohling, center, goes over last minute details of a mission Aug. 2, 2012, on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. Rohling is assigned to the Texas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143r... More

U.S. soldiers at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields,

U.S. soldiers at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields,

U.S. soldiers at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, Afghanistan, sit down to a mid-afternoon Thanksgiving meal, Nov. 22, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale, RC-East Public Affairs)

Spc. Charles Cothren keeps his eyes on the road during

Spc. Charles Cothren keeps his eyes on the road during

Spc. Charles Cothren keeps his eyes on the road during a mission in eastern Afghanistan’s Parwan province, June 11. Cothren is assigned to the 1st Infantry Division’s headquarters battalion.

British army Brig. Felix Gedney moves to board a Chinook

British army Brig. Felix Gedney moves to board a Chinook

British army Brig. Felix Gedney moves to board a Chinook helicopter during a mission in eastern Afghanistan's Paktika province, June 28.

Afghan children gather curiously as
U.S. soldiers stand

Afghan children gather curiously as U.S. soldiers stand

Afghan children gather curiously as U.S. soldiers stand guard in an alley in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Aug. 1, 2012. The soldiers secure the area as members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa check on... More

The Texas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion (Airborne),

The Texas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion (Airborne),

The Texas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infantry Regiment, deployed to eastern Afghanistan’s Kapisa province this February to provide security for Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa, ... More

A U.S. Army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division

A U.S. Army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division

A U.S. Army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepares his Thanksgiving plate at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shield, Afghanistan, Nov. 22, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale, RC-E... More

Spc. Charles Cothren scans his surroundings during

Spc. Charles Cothren scans his surroundings during

Spc. Charles Cothren scans his surroundings during a mission in Parwan province, Afghanistan, June 11. Cothren is assigned to the 1st Infantry Division’s headquarters battalion.

Trailing closely behind the lead aircraft, an U.S.

Trailing closely behind the lead aircraft, an U.S.

Trailing closely behind the lead aircraft, an U.S. Army Chinook helicopter turn towards its objective during a mission in eastern Afghanistan, June 28.

An Afghan girl waves as U.S. troops
pass her home during

An Afghan girl waves as U.S. troops pass her home during

An Afghan girl waves as U.S. troops pass her home during a mission in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Aug. 1, 2012. The country’s ruggedly mountainous and dusty eastern provinces look almost sepia-toned, and the ... More

Sgt. Michael Morales goes over a pre-mission checklist

Sgt. Michael Morales goes over a pre-mission checklist

Sgt. Michael Morales goes over a pre-mission checklist before a convoy from Bagram Air Field to nearby Kapisa province, Aug. 2, 2012. Morales deployed to Afghanistan in February with the Texas Army National Gua... More

Spc. Charles Cothren brings up the rear during a

Spc. Charles Cothren brings up the rear during a

Spc. Charles Cothren brings up the rear during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a food production center in Parwan province, Afghanistan. Cothren is assigned to the 1st Infantry Division’s headquarters battalion, a... More

U.S. troops walk below the national colors of America

U.S. troops walk below the national colors of America

U.S. troops walk below the national colors of America and Afghanistan during a visit to Forward Operating Base Boris, a small base in eastern Afghanistan's Paktika province, June 28.

First Sgt. Lee Lawrence, the senior enlisted tactical

First Sgt. Lee Lawrence, the senior enlisted tactical

First Sgt. Lee Lawrence, the senior enlisted tactical adviser to Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa, stands guard during a mission to check on the status of road repairs in the mountains of Kapisa province, ... More

An Afghan boy smiles as he talks to
U.S. troops through

An Afghan boy smiles as he talks to U.S. troops through

An Afghan boy smiles as he talks to U.S. troops through an interpreter during a mission in Kapisa province, Afghanistan. U.S. troops deployed here with Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa visited several vill... More

Lt. Col. James Davis, commander of the 1st Infantry

Lt. Col. James Davis, commander of the 1st Infantry

Lt. Col. James Davis, commander of the 1st Infantry Division’s headquarters battalion and Task Force Defender, leads a platoon of soldiers down a highway in eastern Afghanistan’s Parwan province, June 11.

Seen through a small window on the side of its sister

Seen through a small window on the side of its sister

Seen through a small window on the side of its sister ship, an U.S. Army Chinook helicopter makes a landing during a mission in eastern Afghanistan, June 28.

A young Afghan girl peers from her door in Kapisa province,

A young Afghan girl peers from her door in Kapisa province,

A young Afghan girl peers from her door in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, during a visit by a U.S. military-led reconstruction team to check on the village’s water pumps, Aug. 2, 2012. Clean water is not only a ... More

U.S. soldiers stand guard during a mission to check

U.S. soldiers stand guard during a mission to check

U.S. soldiers stand guard during a mission to check on the status of road repairs in the mountains of Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Aug. 2, 2012. The troops, assigned to the Texas Army National Guard’s 1st Batt... More

Staff Sgt. Francisco Ballou, platoon sergeant of the

Staff Sgt. Francisco Ballou, platoon sergeant of the

Staff Sgt. Francisco Ballou, platoon sergeant of the 1st Infantry Division’s “Mercenary” security platoon, walks down a highway in eastern Afghanistan’s Parwan province, June 11.

A pile of shrapnel, twisted metal and rusty ordnance

A pile of shrapnel, twisted metal and rusty ordnance

A pile of shrapnel, twisted metal and rusty ordnance fired at U.S. troops serving on Forward Operating Base Tillman, Paktika province, Afghanistan.

A U.S. soldier mans the turret of his vehicle during

A U.S. soldier mans the turret of his vehicle during

A U.S. soldier mans the turret of his vehicle during a mission to check on the status of road repairs in the mountains of Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Aug. 2, 2012. The troops, assigned to the Texas Army Natio... More

An Afghan girl holds a young family
member in a village

An Afghan girl holds a young family member in a village

An Afghan girl holds a young family member in a village of eastern Afghanistan’s Kapisa province, Aug. 2, 2012. Kapisa is one of Afghanistan’s smallest provinces, yet also one of its most populated and ethnical... More

Staff Sgt. Francisco Ballou, platoon sergeant of the

Staff Sgt. Francisco Ballou, platoon sergeant of the

Staff Sgt. Francisco Ballou, platoon sergeant of the 1st Infantry Division’s “Mercenary” security platoon, walks down a road in eastern Afghanistan’s Parwan province, June 11.

Soldiers with 1st Infantry Division are deployed throughout

Soldiers with 1st Infantry Division are deployed throughout

Soldiers with 1st Infantry Division are deployed throughout eastern Afghanistan, serving in positions ranging from the senior commanding general in Regional Command-East to foot soldiers in the country's most r... More

An Afghan boy holds a pen given to him by a soldier

An Afghan boy holds a pen given to him by a soldier

An Afghan boy holds a pen given to him by a soldier during a mission in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Aug. 2, 2012. Pens are popular with the children here, who use them to write and draw at school. During thei... More

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