February 5, 2007
By Staff Sgt. Marcus J. Quarterman
The view from the tailgate of a Chinook is breathtaking and almost relaxing; except for the fact that someone on the ground might try taking a potshot.
The rugged terrain is a perfect hiding place for extremists and their weapons.
Staff Sgt. Clint Ezell stays vigilant and ready for the unexpected.
Flying troops and supplies is often the only practical form of transport, as roads in these parts are usually either donkey trails or nonexistent.
Farmers and cattlemen eke out a living in the river valleys.
Staff Sgt. Jimmie Sipes keeps his weapon always at the ready.