U.S. Army Sgt. Crystal Cornejo, left, and Staff Sgt. Farrell Thomey, right, and Sgt. Patrick Deleonguerrero, rear, maneuver down a snow and ice covered hill during a presence patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2012. Cornejo, Thomey, and Deleonguerrero are assigned to the 1186th Military Police Company. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Catherine Threat.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta enters a press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 14, 2011. Panetta said the United States was committed to working with the Afghan government to promote a free and independent country. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo.
Afghan National Army soldiers from the second all-female officer candidate school class march to their graduation ceremony at the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 24, 2011. DoD photo by Mass Communication 1st Class Elizabeth Thompson, U.S. Navy.
A U.S. service member distributes donated supplies to students at the Bibi Mahrow school in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2011. The troops are assigned to the Medical Embedded Training Team, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, at the New Kabul Compound. U.S. Army photo by Erika Stetson.
U.S. Marines deliver supplies to a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2011. The Matthew Freeman Project: Pens & Paper for Peace, a charitable organization, provided the materials. It routinely collects and send supplies to U.S. military personnel to distribute in war-torn countries where conflict has interrupted education for children. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Catherine Threat.
U.S. Army Sgt. Jaclyn Guzman maintains visual surveillance as shots are fired and explosions erupt from a building in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 13, 2011. Afghan and coalition forces trapped the insurgents in the partially-constructed building they were using as a firing position, and conducted a floor-by-floor clearing operation. Guzman is assigned to the U.S. Forces Afghanistan Protective Service Detail.U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Catherine Threat.
U.S. Forces Afghanistan troops maintain security and return fire during an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 13, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Catherine Threat.
Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Cosca scans his surroundings while flying in an Mi-17 Aug. 29, 2011, over Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan. Cosca is an aerial gunner assigned to the 444th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron in Kabul, Afghanistan. Defense Department photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Smith.
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Eighty men from Parwan, Kapisa and Panjshir Provinces, Afghanistan, attend a ceremony to mark the beginning of their training at the Korean Vocational Training Center on Bagram Airfield March 7. They are the second group to attend the school. The first class had 85 members, 80 of which are currently working on Bagram or in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)
An International Secuirty Assistance Force member shops at an all-woman ran bazaar held at Headquarters ISAF in Kabul on Tuesday. The bazaar was held in celebration of International Women's Day and to honor the women of Afghanistan who are making progress in freedom and equality in their country. Photo by Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga.
Master Sgt. Chris Neufeld helps an Afghan air force loadmaster-in-training apply a jack to a C-27 Spartan during an off-load mission at the Afghan air force base Feb. 21, 2011, in Kabul. Sergeant Nuefeld is a NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan C-27 loadmaster adviser with the 538th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron. (U.S. Navy photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Vladimir Potapenko)
Soldiers of the 19th and 20th Bulgarian contingents of the Bulgarian Armed Forces salute Col. Tsekovski, outgoing 19th Bulgarian contingent commander, and incoming 20th Bulgarian contingent commander, Col. Gerdzhikov after a transition of authority ceremony Feb. 15, at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gerdzhikov will lead the 20th, which will provide force protection for several different bases throughout the KBC. Sgt. Rebecca Linder.
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Command Chief Master Sgt. Richard Parsons views the Afghan air force base at Kabul from an Mi-17 helicopter, during a tour of NATO, Afghan and U.S. installations Jan. 19, 2011. Chief Parsons is the command chief of U.S. Air Forces Central. (U.S. Navy photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Jared E. Walker)
military-working-dogs-find-arms-caches-in-sarobi_101111-A-1234D-001 Military Working Dogs Find Arms Caches In Sarobi French army Staff Sgt. Adrien Dupont and his dog Baxter participate in the Battle Group Bison Stamping Operation in Sarobi District here Nov. 11. The Belgian shepherd helped find several arms caches in the area. Seven military working dogs with the French forces are deployed to Forward Operating Base Tora in Sarobi. These dogs participate in numerous missions such as building control and surveillance, and operational searches of vehicles, houses, people and roads. (Photo by French Army 1st Lt. Cédric Gonzales, Task Force La Fayette, Battle Group Bison Public Affairs officer)
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Afghan National Police from police district six assist a family with humanitarian aid, Sept. 23, in the Dasht Barchi village of Kabul, Afghanistan, whose home suffered extensive water damage during a flood last month. The ANP partnered with Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment, Massachusetts Army National Guard, to procure and deliver shelters and food items to 150 needy families in the affected village. Photo by isafmedia
Afghan air force medical technicians help medical patients board an Antonov An-32 Cline aircraft at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 22, 2010. The crew transported 21 Afghan patients to Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Harris/Released)
A Commando from 3rd Company, 6th Kandak, calibrates a M242 60mm mortar at a modular demonstration Sept. 8 at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan, Kabul.
The M224 can be drop fired (conventional mode) or trigger fired (conventional or hand-held mode).
A lightweight auxiliary baseplate is used when firing the mortar in the hand-held mode.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Gloria Wilson/Not Released)
A new Persistent Surveillance System (PSS) begins its assent above Camp Julien Sept. 14, 2010, to provide the Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Force officials with an extra level of surveillance capability for security operations around Kabul, Afghanistan. The PSS, a floating aerostat (or blimp), has high-tech camera equipment able to provide 360 degree views of the city. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Travis Vallery)
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and U.S. Army Gen. David H Petraeus, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, depart the force's headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2010. Mullen made a short stop in the Afghan capital to address Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 and receive an operational update from Petraeus. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
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U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Kathleen Dussault, commander of Task Force 2010, tours the Kabul Melli factory, where Afghan workers handcraft combat boots for Afghan forces.
Adm. Dussault presented the factory with a quality assurance certificate that will allow it to formally supply its boots to Afghan National Security Forces.
Located in the Afghan capital of Kabul, the Afghan-owned factory can produce about 2,400 boots a day.
Photo by Chief Petty Officer Brian Brannon
Capt. Saddler Taylor (left) of Columbia, S.C. and Staff Sgt. Caleb Welch (right) of Turbeville, S.C., both of the 1-178th Field Artillery Battalion, South Carolina Army National Guard, provide security for the Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team on a rural road outside of Mehtar Lam, the capital of Laghman province. Taylor serves in the force protection section of the 1-178th Field Artillery Battalion in Kabul, Afghanistan and Welch serves on the security force team for the Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mehtar Lam. They are serving a one-year tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by Capt. Chris Neeley.
08/19/2010 - Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Afghan Minister of Defense Abdul Rahim Wardak attend a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2010, to celebrate the 91st anniversary of the country’s independence. The ceremony commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Rawalpindi, which granted Afghanistan its independence from British rule in 1919. During the ceremony, Karzai also laid a wreath on the independence monument in memory of the fallen soldiers who gave their lives for the country’s freedom. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail, U.S. Air Force/Released)
Staff Sgt. Peter Rawling, center, convoy commander for the Vermont Army National Guard's Alpha Company, 186th Brigade Support Battalion, provides a convoy brief before the movement team heads out on a mission to deliver personnel and supplies at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 10, 2010. Alpha Company's truck platoon has moved more than 14,000 passengers in the first five months of their deployment. (Photo by Sgt. Rebecca Linder Task Force Rushmore Public Affairs)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Talon Martin, left, watches as Afghan air force loadmaster Hazrat Mohammed, center, conducts pre-flight checks in a C-27 Spartan aircraft before a training flight in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 29, 2010. Martin is a loadmaster advisor deployed to the 538th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Quinton Russ, U.S. Air Force/Released)