• An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier with 4th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, braces himself while a D-30 122 mm howitzer fires during certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2013. U.S. Soldiers with Bravo Battery, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, trained and certified the ANA throughout eastern Afghanistan advising and instructing ANA artillery soldiers on the proper handling of D-30s, a Soviet-made heavy artillery weapon capable of engaging targets more than 15 kilometers away.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor/Released)

    US team trains, certifies Afghan soldiers on the big guns

    An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier with 4th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, braces himself while a D-30 122 mm howitzer fires during certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2013. U.S...

  • KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " A U.S. Army Soldier (left) from Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, observes the firing of a D-30 122 mm howitzer by Afghan National Army soldiers from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, during certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2013. Battery B, stationed in FOB Gamberi in Laghman Province, goes throughout eastern Afghanistan advising and instructing artillery soldiers on the proper handling of D-30s, a Soviet-made heavy artillery weapon capable of engaging targets more than 15 kilometers away. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    US team trains, certifies Afghan soldiers on the big guns

    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " A U.S. Army Soldier (left) from Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, observes the firing of a D-30 122 mm howitzer by Afghan National Army soldiers from...

  • KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Soldiers (left) from Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, observe Afghan National Army soldiers from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, loading a D-30 122 mm howitzer during certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2013. Battery B, stationed in FOB Gamberi in Laghman Province, goes throughout eastern Afghanistan advising and instructing ANA howitzer crews on the proper handling of D-30s, a Soviet-made heavy artillery weapon capable of engaging targets more than 15 kilometers away. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    US team trains, certifies Afghan soldiers on the big guns

    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Soldiers (left) from Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, observe Afghan National Army soldiers from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps...

  • KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An Afghan National Army soldier from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, verifies the target coordinates for his crew's D-30 122 mm howitzer during certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2013. U.S. Army Soldiers from Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, traveled from FOB Gamberi in Laghman Province to check on training and certify the ANA fire support D-30 crews at Tagab. Battery B goes throughout eastern Afghanistan advising and instructing ANA artillery soldiers on the proper handling of D-30s, a Soviet-made heavy artillery weapon capable of engaging targets more than 15 kilometers away. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    US team trains, certifies Afghan soldiers on the big guns

    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An Afghan National Army soldier from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, verifies the target coordinates for his crew's D-30 122 mm howitzer during certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa...

  • KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An Afghan National Army soldier from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, stands by his crew's D-30 122 mm howitzer during a lull in certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2013. U.S. Army Soldiers from Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, traveled from FOB Gamberi in Laghman Province to check on training and certify the ANA D-30 howitzer crews at Tagab. Battery B goes throughout eastern Afghanistan advising and instructing ANA fire support teams on the proper handling of D-30s, a Soviet-made heavy artillery weapon capable of engaging targets more than 15 kilometers away. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    US team trains, certifies Afghan soldiers on the big guns

    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An Afghan National Army soldier from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, stands by his crew's D-30 122 mm howitzer during a lull in certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan...

  • KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An Afghan National Army fire support officer from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, instructs his crew about upcoming D-30 122 mm howitzer certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2013. U.S. Army Soldiers from Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, traveled from FOB Gamberi in Laghman Province to check on training and certify the ANA D-30 howitzer crews at Tagab. Battery B goes throughout eastern Afghanistan advising and instructing ANA artillery soldiers on the proper handling of D-30s, a Soviet-made heavy artillery weapon capable of engaging targets more than 15 kilometers away. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    US team trains, certifies Afghan soldiers on the big guns

    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An Afghan National Army fire support officer from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, instructs his crew about upcoming D-30 122 mm howitzer certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province...

  • KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An Afghan National Army soldier from howitzer crew in 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, pounds a spike into the ground to stabilize a D-30 122 mm howitzer prior to firing the weapon at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2013. U.S. Army Soldiers from Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, traveled from FOB Gamberi in Laghman Province to check on training and certify the ANA D-30 howitzer crews at Tagab. Battery B goes throughout eastern Afghanistan advising and instructing ANA artillery soldiers on the proper handling of D-30s, a Soviet-made heavy artillery weapon capable of engaging targets more than 15 kilometers away. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    US team trains, certifies Afghan soldiers on the big guns

    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An Afghan National Army soldier from howitzer crew in 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, pounds a spike into the ground to stabilize a D-30 122 mm howitzer prior to firing the weapon at Forward Operating Base Tagab...

  • KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An Afghan National Army fire support officer from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, teaches a class on the D-30 122 mm howitzer to his soldiers at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2013. U.S. Army Soldiers from Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, who traveled from FOB Gamberi in Laghman Province, observed the classroom training. Battery B goes throughout eastern Afghanistan advising and instructing ANA artillery soldiers on the proper handling of D-30s, a Soviet-made heavy artillery weapon capable of engaging targets more than 15 kilometers away. This particular visit by Battery B served to check on training and certify the ANA D-30 howitzer crews. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    US team trains, certifies Afghan soldiers on the big guns

    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An Afghan National Army fire support officer from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, teaches a class on the D-30 122 mm howitzer to his soldiers at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 3...

  • KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Afghan National Army Lt. Maqboul, a fire support officer from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, discusses upcoming D-30 122 mm howitzer, certification exercises with his soldiers at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2013. U.S. Army Soldiers from Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, traveled from FOB Gamberi in Laghman Province to advise and instruct ANA artillery soldiers throughout eastern Afghanistan on the proper handling of D-30s, a Soviet-made heavy artillery weapon capable of engaging targets more than 15 kilometers away. This particular visit by Battery B served to check on training and certify the ANA D-30 howitzer crews.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    US team trains, certifies Afghan soldiers on the big guns

    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Afghan National Army Lt. Maqboul, a fire support officer from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, discusses upcoming D-30 122 mm howitzer, certification exercises with his soldiers at Forward Operating Base Tagab...

  • KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Afghan National Army Lt. Yosuf (left), a fire support officer from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, discusses plotting targets with his soldiers at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2013. U.S. Army Soldiers from Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, traveled from FOB Gamberi in Laghman Province to advise and instruct ANA artillery soldiers throughout eastern Afghanistan on the proper handling of D-30s, a Soviet-made heavy artillery weapon capable of engaging targets more than 15 kilometers away. This particular visit by Battery B served to check on training and certify the ANA D-30 howitzer crews. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    US team trains, certifies Afghan soldiers on the big guns

    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Afghan National Army Lt. Yosuf (left), a fire support officer from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, discusses plotting targets with his soldiers at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 3...

  • KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An Afghan National Army soldier from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, practices adjusting the aim on a D-30 122 mm howitzer at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2013. U.S. Army Soldiers from Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, traveled from FOB Gamberi in Laghman Province to advise and instruct ANA artillery soldiers throughout eastern Afghanistan on the proper handling of D-30s, a Soviet-made heavy artillery weapon capable of engaging targets more than 15 kilometers away. This particular visit by Battery B served to check on training and certify the ANA D-30 howitzer crews. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    US team trains, certifies Afghan soldiers on the big guns

    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An Afghan National Army soldier from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, practices adjusting the aim on a D-30 122 mm howitzer at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2013. U.S. Army...

  • KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Conrad (right), of Riverside, Calif., a section chief with Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, shows Afghan National Army soldiers from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, how to adjust the aim on a D-30 122 mm howitzer at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2013. Battery B advises ANA artillery soldiers in eastern Afghanistan on the proper handling of D-30s, a Soviet-made heavy artillery weapon capable of engaging targets more than 15 kilometers away. Conrad and his team traveled to FOB Tagab from FOB Gamberi in Laghman Province to check on training and certify the ANA D-30 howitzer crews. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    US team trains, certifies Afghan soldiers on the big guns

    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Conrad (right), of Riverside, Calif., a section chief with Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, shows Afghan National Army...

  • KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An Afghan National Army fire support crew from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, fires a D-30 122 mm howitzer during certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2013. U.S. Army Soldiers from Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, traveled from FOB Gamberi in Laghman Province to check on training and certify the ANA D-30 howitzer crews at Tagab. Battery B goes throughout eastern Afghanistan advising and instructing ANA artillery soldiers on the proper handling of D-30s, a Soviet-made heavy artillery weapon capable of engaging targets more than 15 kilometers away.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    US team trains, certifies Afghan soldiers on the big guns

    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An Afghan National Army fire support crew from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, fires a D-30 122 mm howitzer during certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5...

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