January 4, 2007
By Staff Sgt. Marcus J. Quarterman
Their pathway is barely wide enough for the vehicles, with a precipitous drop just inches away.
As the Soldiers ascend the mountains, the road becomes slippery with slush.
Villagers come out to greet the Soldiers.
The Soldiers stop for a rest to survey the area.
Children watch the Soldiers from their cliff dwelling.
Dwellings are built right into cliff faces.
A Soldier gazes across a valley, where farmers have eked out a living in the rocky, terraced land.
Soldiers and their Afghan interpreter descent a hill that looks more like a Martian crater.
Not everyone is lucky enough to ride. The high altitude and long march keep the Soldiers fit and trim.
Arrival at last in Gandar, where Soldiers meet with members of the Afghan National Police.