• Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, get briefed prior to a patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  The battalion deployed to Ghazni in March to help bring security to Highway 1, the country's most important road for travel between Kabul and Kandahar.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, get briefed prior to a patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The battalion deployed to Ghazni in March to...

  • Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, join an Afghan National Army platoon leader for chai tea prior to a foot patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  Offering tea is one way Afghans offer goodwill and friendship.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, join an Afghan National Army platoon leader for chai tea prior to a foot patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Offering tea is one way Afghans...

  • An Afghan National Army soldier takes aim on his M-16 assault rifle as his squad puts on a demonstration for visiting American troops prior to a partnered foot patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  The soldier's unit, 3rd Coy, 6th Kandak, 203rd Corps, is partnered with the 82nd Airborne Division's Company C, 2nd, Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    An Afghan National Army soldier takes aim on his M-16 assault rifle as his squad puts on a demonstration for visiting American troops prior to a partnered foot patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The soldier's unit, 3rd Coy, 6th Kandak...

  • Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, sprint to emplace an M240-B machine gun as they demonstrate crew drills to Afghan National Army soldiers prior to a foot patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  The battalion's parent unit, 1st Brigade Combat Team, deployed to Ghazni in March to help bring security to the country's main commercial thoroughfare, Highway 1.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, sprint to emplace an M240-B machine gun as they demonstrate crew drills to Afghan National Army soldiers prior to a foot patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni...

  • Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, pass an Afghan boy returning to his home during a foot patrol with Afghan soldiers May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  The battalion's parent unit, 1st Brigade Combat Team, deployed to Ghazni in March to help bring security to the country's main commercial thoroughfare, Highway 1.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, pass an Afghan boy returning to his home during a foot patrol with Afghan soldiers May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The battalion's parent unit...

  • An Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controller joins an interpreter and paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team on a patrol May 8, 2012, in southern Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  JTACs coordinate support from Air Force aircraft.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    An Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controller joins an interpreter and paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team on a patrol May 8, 2012, in southern Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. JTACs coordinate support from Air Force...

  • A machine gun crew with the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, sets up an overwatch position during a foot patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  The unit, 2-504th PIR, belongs to 1st Brigade Combat Team, which deployed to the province in March to bring security to nearby Highway 1.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    A machine gun crew with the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, sets up an overwatch position during a foot patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The unit, 2-504th PIR, belongs to 1st Brigade Combat...

  • Afghan National Army soldiers patrolling in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, with American paratroopers greet a villager May 8, 2012.  Because they understand the culture, Afghan soldiers are often more aware than American soldiers of what's going on in a village.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    Afghan National Army soldiers patrolling in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, with American paratroopers greet a villager May 8, 2012. Because they understand the culture, Afghan soldiers are often more aware than American soldiers of what's going on in a...

  • Staff Sgt. Brian Boyt, a squad leader with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, signals to his soldiers during a foot patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  Boyt is assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    Staff Sgt. Brian Boyt, a squad leader with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, signals to his soldiers during a foot patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Boyt is assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute...

  • Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team move through agricultural fields during a patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  The seven-hour patrol will bring them back to their base well after dark.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team move through agricultural fields during a patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The seven-hour patrol will bring them back to their base well after dark. (U.S. Army...

  • Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team move through a dry wash during a patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  The paratroopers are based at Forward Operating Base Arian near the village of Askarkot on Highway 1.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team move through a dry wash during a patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The paratroopers are based at Forward Operating Base Arian near the village of Askarkot on...

  • Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team move through agricultural fields during a patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  The paratroopers belong to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team move through agricultural fields during a patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The paratroopers belong to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment...

  • Two paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team compare their GPS wrist units during a foot patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  Soldiers are trained to use both traditional land navigation and GPS.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    Two paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team compare their GPS wrist units during a foot patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Soldiers are trained to use both traditional land navigation and GPS. (U.S. Army...

  • Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team move along a riverbed during a patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  The paratroopers are based at Forward Operating Base Arian near the village of Askarkot on Highway 1.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team move along a riverbed during a patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The paratroopers are based at Forward Operating Base Arian near the village of Askarkot on Highway...

  • A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team walks beneath a dramatically lit cloud while on patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  The paratrooper is providing overwatch for fellow paratroopers in a ravine below.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team walks beneath a dramatically lit cloud while on patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The paratrooper is providing overwatch for fellow paratroopers in a ravine below...

  • First Lt. Nalise Gaither, leader of a female engagement team with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, hands out candy to children during a patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  FETs meet with Afghan women to find their needs.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    First Lt. Nalise Gaither, leader of a female engagement team with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, hands out candy to children during a patrol May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. FETs meet with Afghan women to find their...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Scott Shepro, a platoon sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, meets with village elders during a foot patrol with Afghan soldiers May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  Shepro's platoon is assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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    Sgt. 1st Class Scott Shepro, a platoon sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, meets with village elders during a foot patrol with Afghan soldiers May 8, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Shepro's platoon is assigned to...

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