August 9, 2010 - Photo by Sgt. Russell Gilchrest173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team returns fire - Download Hi-Res photo
A with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team returns fire while other Soldiers, Afghan National Army soldiers, and detainees seek cover during a firefight with enemy forces in Shekhabad Valley, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Aug. 9, 2010.
August 10, 2010 - Photo by Sgt. Derec PiersonSoldiers help push an Afghan vehicle up hill - Download Hi-Res photo
Spc. Brandon Kofoed, from Chosin Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, helps push an Afghan vehicle up a hill near Combat Outpost Garda, Wardak Province, Afghanistan, Aug. 10, 2010.
August 13, 2010 - Photo by Sgt. Sean MathisFive-year-old daughter hugs father during welcome home ceremony - Download Hi-Res photo
Five-year-old Maddie Lovell clings to her father, Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Lovell, of 585th Military Police Company, during a welcome home ceremony, at Marysville High School, in Marysville, Ohio, Aug. 13, 2010.
August 13, 2010 - Photo by Sgt. Russell GilchrestSoldier provides security before boarding a CH-47 Chinook helicopter - Download Hi-Res photo
Spc. Kevin Welsh provides security before boarding a CH-47 Chinook helicopter after completing a mission in Chak valley in the Wardak Province of Afghanistan on Aug. 3, 2010. Welsh is assigned to 4th Platoon, Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.
August 16, 2010 - Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathanael CallonCamouflaged Soldiers cross ravine - Download Hi-Res photo
1st Lt. Troy Peterson, right, platoon commander for 3rd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, assists his radio operator, Pfc. Justin Cobbs, across a ravine during a dismounted patrol near Combat Outpost Mizan, Mizan District, Zabul Province, Aug. 16, 2010. The patrol focused on speaking with the local population to assess their needs and surveying the security of the area.
August 17, 2010 - Photo by Jason KellySoldier grooms retiring horse which will retire to Spirit Horse Chisholm Trail Therapy Center - Download Hi-Res photo
Spc. Kyle Sheridan, 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment, 75th Fires Brigade, Fort Sill, Okla., grooms Dinges, a horse in the Fort Sill Field Artillery Half Section, Aug. 17, 2010. After 21 years of service, Dinges will retire to the Spirit Horse Chisholm Trail Therapy Center in Comanche, Okla. Dinges will continue to serve the community through service with special needs children in the southwest Oklahoma area.
August 26, 2010 - Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Steven R. DotySoldier provides security alongside an Afghan National Army Soldier - Download Hi-Res photo
Spc. David Reaves provides security alongside an Afghan National Army Soldier at an ANA compound in Parwa'i village in eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan Province, Aug 26, 2010.
August 31, 2010 - U.S. Army photoSoldier plays 'High-Five' with children at Northern Afghanistan border town of Hairatan - Download Hi-Res photo
A Soldier with Alpha Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion from the 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team plays "High-Five" with a group of children at a school in the Northern Afghanistan border town of Hairatan.
August 31, 2010 - Photo by Staff Sgt. Thaddius DawkinsSoldiers on raft prepare to storm beach at Mott Lake - Download Hi-Res photo
Soldiers, from Foxtrot Company, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, prepare to storm the beach at Mott Lake during their waterborne operations training last week.
August 31, 2010 - DoD photo by John CrosbySoldiers prepares 60mm mortar to launch at fixed targets - Download Hi-Res photo
Pfc. Joseph Guzman, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, prepares to drop a 60mm mortar to launch at fixed targets at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Indiana, on Aug. 31, 2010. The Massachusetts National Guard unit is training to provide security to roughly a dozen provincial reconstruction teams across Afghanistan.