Vanguard's Mustangs hoof it through Afghanistan's varied terrain

By Sgt. Margaret TaylorOctober 15, 2013

U.S. Army soldiers with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment "Mustangs," 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, set out on an afternoon foot patrol near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar province, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2013. The purpose of the patrol, which took the team across rivers, over irrigation ditches and through freshly plowed fields and thickly wooded areas, was to meet with local Afghan citizens and deter enemy activity in the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)
1 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army soldiers with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment "Mustangs," 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, set out on an afternoon foot patrol near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar province, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2013. The purpose of the patrol, which took the team across rivers, over irrigation ditches and through freshly plowed fields and thickly wooded areas, was to meet with local Afghan citizens and deter enemy activity in the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Margaret Taylor) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Sgt. Juan Medina, of Bronx, N.Y., a medic with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment "Mustangs," 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, hands a snack to local Afghan children during an afternoon foot patrol near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2013. The purpose of the patrol, which took the team across rivers, over irrigation ditches and through freshly-plowed fields and thickly-wooded areas, was to meet with local Afghan citizens and deter enemy activity in the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)
2 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Sgt. Juan Medina, of Bronx, N.Y., a medic with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment "Mustangs," 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, hands a snack to local Afghan children during an afternoon foot patrol near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2013. The purpose of the patrol, which took the team across rivers, over irrigation ditches and through freshly-plowed fields and thickly-wooded areas, was to meet with local Afghan citizens and deter enemy activity in the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Margaret Taylor) VIEW ORIGINAL
A U.S. Army Soldier with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment "Mustangs," 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, descends a hill during an afternoon foot patrol near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2013. The purpose of the patrol, which took the team across rivers, over irrigation ditches, through freshly-plowed fields, and thickly-wooded areas, was to meet with local Afghan citizens and deter enemy activity in the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)
3 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army Soldier with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment "Mustangs," 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, descends a hill during an afternoon foot patrol near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2013. The purpose of the patrol, which took the team across rivers, over irrigation ditches, through freshly-plowed fields, and thickly-wooded areas, was to meet with local Afghan citizens and deter enemy activity in the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Margaret Taylor) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Mathies, of Columbia, Tenn., an infantryman with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment "Mustangs," 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, skirts a tree line during an afternoon foot patrol near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2013. The purpose of the patrol, which took the team across rivers, over irrigation ditches and through freshly-plowed fields and thickly-wooded areas, was to meet with local Afghan citizens and deter enemy activity in the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)
4 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Mathies, of Columbia, Tenn., an infantryman with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment "Mustangs," 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, skirts a tree line during an afternoon foot patrol near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2013. The purpose of the patrol, which took the team across rivers, over irrigation ditches and through freshly-plowed fields and thickly-wooded areas, was to meet with local Afghan citizens and deter enemy activity in the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Margaret Taylor) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Mathies, of Columbia, Tenn., an infantryman with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment "Mustangs," 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, walks through a wooded area during an afternoon foot patrol near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2013. The purpose of the patrol, which took the team across rivers, over irrigation ditches and through freshly-plowed fields and thickly-wooded areas, was to meet with local Afghan citizens and deter enemy activity in the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)
5 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Mathies, of Columbia, Tenn., an infantryman with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment "Mustangs," 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, walks through a wooded area during an afternoon foot patrol near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2013. The purpose of the patrol, which took the team across rivers, over irrigation ditches and through freshly-plowed fields and thickly-wooded areas, was to meet with local Afghan citizens and deter enemy activity in the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Margaret Taylor) VIEW ORIGINAL
A pathway U.S. Army Soldiers with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment "Mustangs," 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, is navigated during an afternoon foot patrol near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2013. The purpose of the patrol, which took the team across rivers, over irrigation ditches and through freshly-plowed fields and thickly-wooded areas, was to meet with local Afghan citizens and deter enemy activity in the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)
6 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A pathway U.S. Army Soldiers with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment "Mustangs," 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, is navigated during an afternoon foot patrol near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2013. The purpose of the patrol, which took the team across rivers, over irrigation ditches and through freshly-plowed fields and thickly-wooded areas, was to meet with local Afghan citizens and deter enemy activity in the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Margaret Taylor) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Mathies, of Columbia, Tenn., an infantryman with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment "Mustangs," 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, crosses farmland during an afternoon foot patrol near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2013. The purpose of the patrol, which took the team across rivers, over irrigation ditches and through freshly-plowed fields and thickly-wooded areas, was to meet with local Afghan citizens and deter enemy activity in the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)
7 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Mathies, of Columbia, Tenn., an infantryman with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment "Mustangs," 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, crosses farmland during an afternoon foot patrol near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2013. The purpose of the patrol, which took the team across rivers, over irrigation ditches and through freshly-plowed fields and thickly-wooded areas, was to meet with local Afghan citizens and deter enemy activity in the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Margaret Taylor) VIEW ORIGINAL