• CAMP TAJI, Iraq-During a return trip to Iraq as a part of Operation Proper Exit, Sgt. John Hyland (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Olson (center), get a tour of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter by Josia Ortiz (right), a crew chief in Company B, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, here, Oct. 13. The military personnel participating in Operation Proper Exit had been wounded previously in combat and have made the trip to Iraq to face the places they were wounded in order to gain closure on that part of their lives.

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq-During a return trip to Iraq as...

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq-During a return trip to Iraq as a part of Operation Proper Exit, Sgt. John Hyland (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Olson (center), get a tour of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter by Josia Ortiz (right), a crew chief in Company B, 2nd...

  • CAMP TAJI, Iraq-During a visit to Camp Taji, Iraq, Oct. 13, Sgt. John Hyland (in doorway), who lost his leg during combat operations on a previous deployment to Iraq, recounts his story to medevac Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st ACB, on how he was medically evacuated on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter similar to the one he stands next to.

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq-During a visit to Camp Taji...

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq-During a visit to Camp Taji, Iraq, Oct. 13, Sgt. John Hyland (in doorway), who lost his leg during combat operations on a previous deployment to Iraq, recounts his story to medevac Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment...

  • CAMP TAJI, Iraq-Spc. Josh Palowitch (left), from Grayson, Ky., a Sky Warrior opperator for Quick Reaction Capabiltiy 1, 1st ACB,  talks with retired Cpl. Craig Chavez (right) about the capabilities of the aircraft, here, Oct. 13. Chavez was previously wounded in combat which resulted in the loss of his left eye.

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq-Spc. Josh Palowitch (left)...

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq-Spc. Josh Palowitch (left), from Grayson, Ky., a Sky Warrior opperator for Quick Reaction Capabiltiy 1, 1st ACB, talks with retired Cpl. Craig Chavez (right) about the capabilities of the aircraft, here, Oct. 13. Chavez was previously...

  • CAMP TAJI, Iraq-During a visit to Camp Taji, Iraq, Oct. 13, servicemembers participating in Operation Proper Exit, talk with Soldiers of the 1st ACB in a town hall forum about injuries they sustained in combat, the recovery process and organizations that have helped them and others who were wounded in combat. One question fielded by the wounded warriors was whether or not they were forced to retire after their initial recovery. To which the answer was an overwhelming no. Some stayed in, while many chose to retire.

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq-During a visit to Camp Taji...

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq-During a visit to Camp Taji, Iraq, Oct. 13, servicemembers participating in Operation Proper Exit, talk with Soldiers of the 1st ACB in a town hall forum about injuries they sustained in combat, the recovery process and organizations...

  • CAMP TAJI, Iraq-Living with partial blindness from a road side bomb, retired Cpl. Graig Chavez talks with Soldiers of the 1st ACB about his recovery process and what has driven him to move forward with his life, during a visit to Camp Taji, Iraq, Oct. 13. Chavez has an emblem of the Purple Heart Medal - an award he received for his injuries - embedded into his glass eye. At one time a ground trooper, Chavez was offered a desk job upon his recovery, but decided against it. To him, his options were to be on the ground - in the fight - or not at all, he said.

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq-Living with partial blindness...

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq-Living with partial blindness from a road side bomb, retired Cpl. Graig Chavez talks with Soldiers of the 1st ACB about his recovery process and what has driven him to move forward with his life, during a visit to Camp Taji, Iraq, Oct...

  • CAMP TAJI, Iraq-To show appreciation for his sacrifices, Col. Douglas Gabram, from Clevland Ohio, commander of the 1st ACB, presents a flag which was flown over Baghdad in an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter, to retired Sgt. Ethan Payton. Payton, along with other wounded servicemembers visited Camp Taji, Iraq, Oct. 13, as a part of Operation Proper Exit. During their visit they got to tour the 1st ACB's aircraft, watch videos and talk to Soldiers. Gabram was in awe of their dedication to their country.

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq-To show appreciation for his...

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq-To show appreciation for his sacrifices, Col. Douglas Gabram, from Clevland Ohio, commander of the 1st ACB, presents a flag which was flown over Baghdad in an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter, to retired Sgt. Ethan Payton. Payton, along...

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