On this date: Oct. 1, 2009 — Sgt. Roberto D. Sanchez, 24, was a team leader assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., when he was killed during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He was on his fifth deployment in support of the War on Terror with three previous deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan.

“Sgt. Sanchez was the quintessential Ranger enthusiastic, smart, loyal to his mission, his country and his friends,” said Col. Brian Mennes, then 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Battalion commander. “He led with distinction and would want us to continue supporting the efforts for which he so humbly and selflessly dedicated his life.”

Sniper scan by The U.S. Army on Flickr.

A U.S. Special Forces soldiers with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan and Afghan National Army commandos with 3rd Company, 3rd Special Operations Kandak move through an open field in Bahlozi village, Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Jan. 1, 2014. The 3rd SOK conducted operations to disrupt insurgents use of the village as a bed down location. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bertha A. Flores)

Soldiers help ABP establish new checkpoint [Image 11 of 15] by DVIDSHUB on Flickr.

Private First Class Christopher Greene with Troop O (Outlaw), 4th Squadron, Combined Task Force Dragoon, occupies a security position during a partnership patrol with members of the Afghan Uniformed Police Dec. 30, 2013, at Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Troopers with Outlaw conducted a series of partner missions with the AUP near various security checkpoints throughout the province. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Joshua Edwards

A U.S. Special Operations Forces team leader shows a local Afghan boy a hand shake during a visit to a local checkpoint in Arghandab district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, May 23, 2013. The SOF team conducted visit to ALP checkpoints in the area to ensure their progress in providing security to the local villages by denying insurgents access to the local population.

donovan wylie’s new exhibition called outposts looks at the architecture of conflict. he was recently embedded for two months with canadian troops in afghanistan’s kandahar province where he became the first professional photographer to represent the imperial war museum in an active conflict since the first world war.

U.S. Army Capt. Troy Yoho, commander of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, greets an enthusiastic Afghan farmer while his unit conducts a dismounted presence patrol near Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, June 2, 2013. The unit was patrolling to meet area farmers and project force posture

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