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U.S. Paratroopers Conduct Mission in Ghazni Province

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • A U.S. Army paratrooper waits for helicopters to arrive on Forward Operating Base Arian for an air assault mission in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. The soldier is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s Company C, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • A CH-47 Chinook helicopter lands on Forward Operating Base Arian to pick up U.S. Army paratroopers for an air assault mission to clear villages in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, May 4, 2012.  The mission was part of a three-pronged operation to search the area for factories for homemade explosives, persons on a most-wanted list and weapons caches. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Army paratroopers and Afghan soldiers travel aboard a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during an air assault mission in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • A U.S. paratrooper helps secure a helicopter landing zone with an M240B machine gun during an air assault mission in the early morning near a village in Afghanistan's southern Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • A U.S. paratrooper patrols as the sun rises in a village in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. The soldier is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • U.S. Army paratroopers enter a village through agricultural fields during a patrol in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. The paratroopers helicoptered to the edge of the village before sunrise. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • Afghan army Maj. Niyazi, left, a 13-year veteran, and U.S. Army Capt. Robert Gacke, center, enter a village in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. Gacke is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. The two forces, who met with village elders and the school headmaster, searched several compounds for homemade explosives. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • An Afghan boy shakes the hand of a U.S. Army paratrooper in a village in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. The soldier is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Miguel Alfaro, left, Spc. Alpesh Patel, center, and Sgt. Nick Herrera, right, prepare a mortar position during a patrol in a village in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. Alfaro, Patel and Herrera are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. Emplacing the mortar is a common practice to protect a force that will be semi-stationary for a length of time.   U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • An Afghan villager unlocks the door of a suspected homemade explosives factory for U.S. Army Spc. Timothy Rodgers in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. Rodgers is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mick Miller tests soil samples for evidence of homemade explosives near a suspected factory in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. Miller, a squad leader, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. The kit that Miller is using allows him to test for a wide variety of components for homemade explosives. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Harry Dixon leads a Belgian Malinois into a suspected homemade explosives factory in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. Dixon, a dog handler, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • U.S. Army 1st Lt. Geoffrey Dean photographs evidence collected during the search of a building for homemade explosives in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. Dean, a platoon leader, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. Every infantry company has soldiers trained to gather evidence. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • A mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, or MRAP, pauses below the high mountains of Afghanistan’s southern Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • U.S. Army Spc. Timothy Rodgers shakes the hand of an Afghan boy during a meeting with the boy’s father, a village elder, in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. Dean, a infantryman, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s Company C, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • U.S. Army 1st Nalise Gaither, right, briefs fellow soldiers on her meeting with several women from a village in Afghanistan's southern Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. Gaither, a leader for a female engagement team, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mick Miller shows an Afghan villager how to place his finger on a handheld identity detection device to scan his fingerprint in Afghanistan's southern Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. Miller, a squad leader, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • A U.S. Army paratrooper guards a detainee in a village in Afghanistan's southern Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. Troops used a handheld detection device to identify the detainee. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • U.S. Army Capt. Robert Gacke leads troops into a village in Afghanistan's southern Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. Gacke, a company commander, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s Company C, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • U.S. Army paratroopers emplace a mortar at a patrol base as a defense while soldiers try to get some sleep near a village in Afghanistan's southern Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod