• LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, presents coins to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Dec. 25, 2013. Milley spent part of his Christmas Day with Soldiers showing them what sacrificing their holiday with their families in order to aid the mission in Afghanistan meant to him. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, presents coins to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot Soldiers at Forward Operating Base...

  • NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " The winners of the Christmas Raffle at Forward Operating Base Fenty, hosted by the base's United Service Organization, show off their prizes Dec. 25, 2013. The USO gave out prizes ranging from phone cards to new Television sets as a way to give back to the Soldiers for their sacrifices and provide them with a few gifts for the holidays. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " The winners of the Christmas Raffle at Forward Operating Base Fenty, hosted by the base's United Service Organization, show off their prizes Dec. 25, 2013. The USO gave out prizes ranging from phone cards to new...

  • NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Soldiers stationed at Forward Operating Base Fenty take part in the base's USO Christmas Raffle the night of Dec. 25, 2013, competing for prizes like a bicycle, television, IPad, and others. Events like this provide a welcome respite for deployed service members and offer them a way to celebrate the holidays even though they're away from their families. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Soldiers stationed at Forward Operating Base Fenty take part in the base's USO Christmas Raffle the night of Dec. 25, 2013, competing for prizes like a bicycle, television, IPad, and others. Events like this...

  • NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " A U.S. Army Soldier with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, dons the familiar antlers and round, bright nose of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer to serve the Traditional Christmas roast for dinner at Forward Operating Base Torkham's dining facility Dec. 25, 2013. Since they can't spend it with their families, many Soldiers across Afghanistan take time during the holiday season to celebrate it in their own way. 2nd Bn. is a part of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " A U.S. Army Soldier with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, dons the familiar antlers and round, bright nose of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer to serve the Traditional Christmas roast for dinner at...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz, commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, hands out Christmas gifts to 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment Soldiers, Dec. 25, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam's dining facility as they enjoy their Christmas dinner. Diaz spent his holiday getting out to visit his Soldiers across Regional Command-East, North of Kabul bringing them holiday cheer and seeing how they spent their Christmas. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz, commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, hands out Christmas gifts to 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment Soldiers, Dec. 25, 2013, at Forward...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army leaders with 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, serve Christmas dinner to the battalion's Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam's dining facility Dec. 25, 2013. Leaders serveing their troops on holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving is an Army tradition that shows how much the command appreciates the Soldier's tireless efforts. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army leaders with 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, serve Christmas dinner to the battalion's Soldiers at Forward Operating Base...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Soldiers with 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam, enjoy their Christmas dinner Dec. 25, 2013, while listening to a holiday-charged performance by 'Cover Down', the 101st Airborne Division's rock band. 5th Bn. is a part of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Soldiers with 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam, enjoy their Christmas dinner Dec. 25, 2013, while listening to a holiday-charged performance by 'Cover Down'...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army leaders with 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, serve Soldiers Christmas dinner at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam's dining facility Dec. 25, 2013. Army leaders across Afghanistan found different ways to get into the holiday spirit, each finding their own special gifts they can give to their Troops. 5th Bn. is a part of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army leaders with 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, serve Soldiers Christmas dinner at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam's dining facility Dec. 25, 2013. Army leaders across Afghanistan found different...

  • KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Soldiers with 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, compete in a flag football game on the Helicopter Landing Zone of Forward Operating Base Wright, Dec. 25, 2013. Even though the troops can't be with their families for Christmas, they make some time to enjoy the holiday with their brothers and sisters in arms. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Soldiers with 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, compete in a flag football game on the Helicopter Landing Zone of Forward Operating Base...

  • KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz (right), commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, watches Soldiers with 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, at Forward Operating Base Wright, as they compete in a Madden football tournament at the base's Morale Welfare and Recreation building, Dec. 25, 2013. Diaz spent his Christmas travelling to see his Soldiers across Regional Command-East, North of Kabul, to find out how they were spending their holiday. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz (right), commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, watches Soldiers with 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, at Forward Operating Base Wright, as they...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Adriana Fox (left) and Sgt. Eliza Balisacan (right), Soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, get into the holiday spirit Dec. 25, 2013, celebrating Christmas in their own way while deployed to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Adriana Fox (left) and Sgt. Eliza Balisacan (right), Soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, get into the holiday spirit Dec...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley (left), commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, and Col. Mario Diaz (right), commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, grab Christmas lunch from the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Dec. 25, 2013. Milley spent most of his day in 4th Bde.'s area of operations visiting with Task Force Patriot's troops for the holiday. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley (left), commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, and Col. Mario Diaz (right), commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, grab...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " The dining facility at Forward Operating Base Gamberi is ornamented from the top down for Dec. 25, 2013, with a myriad of holiday decorations giving the Soldiers stationed there a memorable Christmas experience. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " The dining facility at Forward Operating Base Gamberi is ornamented from the top down for Dec. 25, 2013, with a myriad of holiday decorations giving the Soldiers stationed there a memorable Christmas experience. (U.S...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley (right), commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, addresses 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot Soldiers stationed at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Dec. 25, 2013, telling them how important their mission in Afghanistan is and wishing them a Happy Holidays. Milley spent most of his Christmas in Regional Command East-North of Kabul visiting TF Patriot Soldiers. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley (right), commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, addresses 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot Soldiers stationed at Forward...

  • NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz, commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, thanks the Soldiers of his brigade's Special Troops Battalion for everything they've done to help make their deployment a success Dec. 25, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Fenty. Diaz spent his Christmas touring Regional Command-East, North of Kabul and made time to visit his Soldiers across four Afghanistan provinces. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Christmas with the Patriots

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz, commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, thanks the Soldiers of his brigade's Special Troops Battalion for everything they've done to help make their...

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