• BAGHDAD - Sgt. 1st Class Eric 'Smoke' Austin, a platoon sergeant assigned to B Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, uses his advanced combat optical gun sight to zoom in on a potential threat during a night patrol in the Karrada district of southeastern Baghdad, March 28. Austin, a native of Lawton, Okla., explained, "We help the Iraqi Security Forces so they can do their own patrols and take care of their own security to become a peaceful nation."

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. 1st Class Eric 'Smoke' Austin, a...

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. 1st Class Eric 'Smoke' Austin, a platoon sergeant assigned to B Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, uses his advanced combat optical gun sight to zoom in on a...

  • BAGHDAD - Lawton, Okla. native, 1st Lt. Mark Ralston, a platoon leader assigned to B Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, talks with locals during a night patrol in the Karrada district of southeastern Baghdad, March 28. "The Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition forces are the backbone of security for the community," explained Ralston.

    BAGHDAD - Lawton, Okla. native, 1st Lt. Mark...

    BAGHDAD - Lawton, Okla. native, 1st Lt. Mark Ralston, a platoon leader assigned to B Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, talks with locals during a night patrol in the...

  • BAGHDAD - Pfc. Austin Burnham, a medic and native of Temple, Texas, assigned to B Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, takes a knee as a local Iraqi man looks over his shoulder during a night patrol in the Karrada district of southeastern Baghdad, March 28.

    BAGHDAD - Pfc. Austin Burnham, a medic and...

    BAGHDAD - Pfc. Austin Burnham, a medic and native of Temple, Texas, assigned to B Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, takes a knee as a local Iraqi man looks over his...

  • BAGHDAD - Pfc. Austin Burnham, a medic and native of Temple, Texas, assigned to B Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, takes a knee during a night patrol in the Karrada district of southeastern Baghdad, March 28.

    BAGHDAD - Pfc. Austin Burnham, a medic and...

    BAGHDAD - Pfc. Austin Burnham, a medic and native of Temple, Texas, assigned to B Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, takes a knee during a night patrol in the Karrada...

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