View from the Tailgate

By Staff Sgt. Marcus J. QuartermanFebruary 5, 2007

The view from the tailgate of a Chinook is breathtaking and almost relaxing; except for the fact that someone on the ground might try taking a potshot.
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The rugged terrain is a perfect hiding place for extremists and their weapons.
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Staff Sgt. Clint Ezell stays vigilant and ready for the unexpected.
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Flying troops and supplies is often the only practical form of transport, as roads in these parts are usually either donkey trails or nonexistent.
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Farmers and cattlemen eke out a living in the river valleys.
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Staff Sgt. Jimmie Sipes keeps his weapon always at the ready.
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