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U.S. Soldiers Conduct Aerial Combat Mission in Afghanistan

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Army Capt. Katherine Wemp conducts preflight checks on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on Kandahar Airfield before conducting a mission over Afghanistan's Kandahar province, March 12, 2014. Wemp, a pilot, commands Company A, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment. The mission represented the first all-female crew assigned to the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade during its current deployment to Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Andrew Cochran
  • U.S. Army Sergeant Natasha Elusme conducts rotor checks on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during preflight operations on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, March 12, 2014. Elusme is a crew chief assigned to Company A, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Andrew Cochran
  • U.S. Army Pfc. Ajia Gumabon uploads secure radio communications in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during preflight operations on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, March 12, 2014. Gumabon is a crew chief assigned to Company A, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Andrew Cochran
  • U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jessie Freeman, left, U.S. Army Capt. Katherine Wemp prepare their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during preflight operations on Kandahar Airfield before conducting a mission in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, March 12, 2014. Wemp, a pilot, commands Company A, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment. Freeman is a pilot assigned to the unit. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Andrew Cochran
  • U.S. Army crew chiefs prepare their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter for takeoff during a mission over Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 12, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Andrew Cochran
  • U.S. Army Spc. Margie Rodriguez buckles herself in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter before a mission over Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 12, 2014. Rodriguez is a crew chief assigned to Company A, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Andrew Cochran
  • A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter takes off from Kandahar Airfield before conducting a mission over Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 12, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Andrew Cochran
  • U.S. Army Pfc. Ajia Gumabon verifies the time remaining her UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilots have during a mission over Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 12, 2014. Gumabon is a crew chief assigned to Company A, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Andrew Cochran
  • U.S. Army Spc. Margie Rodriguez looks out over Kandahar Airfield as her UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter comes in for a landing after completing a mission over Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 12, 2014. Rodriguez is a crew chief assigned to Company A, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Andrew Cochran
  • U.S. Army Spc. Lindsey Van Petten observes as passengers depart a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after conducting a mission over Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 12, 2014. Van Petten is a crew chief and signal support systems specialist assigned to Company A, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Andrew Cochran
  • U.S. Army 1st. Lt. Stephanie McKiernan, foreground, and U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Felicia Schafer, prepare to shutdown their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter 
after completing a mission over Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 12, 2014. McKiernan and Schafer are pilots assigned to Company A, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Andrew Cochran
  • From left to right, U.S. Army 1st. Lt. Stephanie McKiernan, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Felicia Schafer and U.S. Army Spcs. Lindsey Van Petten and Margie Rodriguez pose for a photograph following a mission over Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 12, 2014. The mission represented the first all-female crew of the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade during its current deployment to Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Andrew Cochran
  • From left to right, U.S. Army Pfc. Ajia Gumabon, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jessie Freeman, U.S. Army Capt. Katherine Wempe and U.S. Army Sgt. Natasha Elusme pose for a photograph following a mission over Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 12, 2014.  U.S. Army photo by Capt. Andrew Cochran