United States Army Soldier saying hello to Afghan child

January 3, 2011 - Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn

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Spc. Lauren Hyman of Texarkana, Texas, armored vehicle driver for the 64th Military Police Company based at Combat Outpost Fortress, says hello to an Afghan child during a foot patrol in Noor Gal district, Jan. 3. Hyman and Spc. Cristine Gallagher of Victorville, Calif., are the only two females assigned to COP Fortress. Their team has been in contact with the enemy approximately 100 times in the nine months they have been assigned to COP Fortress.

Staff Sergeant Joe Jones and Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta go on tandem parachute jump

January 6, 2011 - Photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Zell

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Staff Sgt. Joe Jones from the U.S. Army Parachute Team, pitches the drogue as he takes Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta for a 14,000 ft. tandem skydive over Stinson Airfield, San Antonio. Sgt. Maj. Stephen Young and Lt. Col. Joe Martin are seen diving out behind.

Command Sergeant Major Ronald T. Riling looks through scope of an XM-25 Individual Airburst Weapon System

January 12, 2011 - Photo by Spc. Edward A. Garibay

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Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald T. Riling, U.S. Army Forces Command, looks through the scope of an XM-25 Individual Airburst Weapon System, Jan. 12. The XM-25 is a semi-automatic, magazine-fed grenade launcher that allows the user to manually set detonation distance.
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Sergeant First Class Eric Lloyd grades sit-up event of an Army Physical Fitness Test

January 19, 2011 - Photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

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Sgt. 1st Class Eric Lloyd, a paratrooper with 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, grades the sit-up event of an Army Physical Fitness Test during early-morning rain at Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 19. Just a week earlier, Fort Bragg was gripped in ice.

Specialist Michael Scarsbrook surveys the valley below

January 21, 2011 - Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson

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Spc. Michael Scarsbrook, an infantryman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman, from Iowa Falls, Iowa, looks down on a spot in Tupac, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, where his unit had been attacked by an improvised explosive device two days earlier. TF Ironman is a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls.

Soldier holds a poster depicting Staff Sergeant Robert Miller‘s life and Medal of Honor citation

January 22, 2011 - Photo by U.S. Army

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A Soldier with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) holds a poster depicting Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Robert Miller‘s life and Medal of Honor citation. Family, friends, along with local and state politicians and fellow teammates from the Special Forces Command (Airborne) gathered together to remember one of their own at the unveiling of his new Medal of Honor headstone. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on Oct. 6, 2010 posthumously for heroism and valor in combat while serving in Afghanistan. The event marks the three year anniversary of his death.

A 120mm mortar round flies out of a tube

January 26, 2011 - Photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell

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A 120mm mortar round flies out of the tube as Staff Sgt. Ramey J. Brown (left), a section sergeant from Marshville, N.C., Spc. Tyler L. Dillon (center), a team leader from Williamstown, W. Va., and Pvt. Gabriel C. Fields (right), from Fort Worth, Texas, all mortarmen assigned to Troop C, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Bandits, take cover while at Observation Post Mustang in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province on Jan. 26.

Soldiers waiting as fuel is dropped by C-17

January 30, 2011 - Photo courtesy U.S. Army

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Soldiers in four-wheel vehicles wait as bundles of fuel are air delivered by a C-17 Globemaster III to Forward Operating Base Waza K'wah in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Jan. 30. The Soldiers are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team.

Specialist Nicholas Francioso kneels on cliff providing security for his squad

January 31, 2011 - Photo by Spc. Breanne Pye

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Spc. Nicholas Francioso, an armored crewman assigned to 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, kneels atop a cliff overlooking the Arghandab River Valley to provide security for his squad as they climb up the cliff from the valley below, Jan. 31. Francioso, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, conducts a foot patrol with his squad to search orchards throughout the district and interact with the local population.

Private First Class Kevin March kneels on cliff providing security for his squad

January 31, 2011 - Photo by Spc. Breanne Pye

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Pfc. Kevin March kneels atop a cliff overlooking the Arghandab River Valley to provide security for his squad as they climb up the cliff from the valley below in the Arghandab district, Afghanistan, Jan. 31. March is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.