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Farewell old friend, you served well.

Aerial Cavalrymen of 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), fly all 30 of the squadrons’ Observational Helicopter-58D Kiowa Warriors in formation over Fort Drum, N.Y. and surrounding areas. After more than 20 years at the installation, the OH-58D will be retired after a final flight July 28, 2015, as a part of the Army’s Aviation Restructure Initiative, which will replace the Kiowa Warriors with a combination of Attack-Helicopter 64 Apaches and unmanned aerial vehicles. 

(Army Photo by Spc. Osama Ayyad, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) Public Affairs Office), 27 JUL 2015.)

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Some of my favorite Afghanistan pictures. These were all at various locations in the region around the pakistan border in 2006. Some were taken by me and some were taken by others.Some were taken in combat, some weren’t Its crazy to see these old pics and compare them, seeing the progression of the fortifications being done and to remember how it was early on in each location, as well as being reminded of how it was towards the end of the 16 months I spent in that part of Afghanistan. From flying in various helicopters and riding in various vehicles to walking on foot patrolling the mountains. From sitting in comfy buildings and tents to sitting on guard watching some hillside. From being awakened in the middle of the night by the sound of field artillery or mortars going off while supporting a TIC to being on the other end and hearing CAS fly over or the RAP rounds from the 155MM Howitzers overhead. Hearing Apaches or A-10s coming in to support… Seeing the JDAMs and other ordnance make impact. Feeling the concussion from an ungodly distance away, knowing the motherfuckers in that area or compound, or hillside wont be shooting at you or anyone else any time soon. Seeing flames in the night from the hillside you and your fellow Americans just set on fire with overwhelming fire power to repel an enemy attack. Hearing the sounds of soldiers deploying claymores while defending the concertina wire that separates them from death by enemy hiding in the bushes. And then seeing pictures of that same area built up and remembering how the HESCO barriers made it relatively safe. Remembering how the concussion felt from the mortar rounds you hung while reacting to fire from the mountainside just across the valley. Going from hearing bullets bust on rocks and whip past to remembering the sound of an RPG or IED taking out a vehicle or detonating nearby. Then seeing all the friends I made along the way and seeing all the memories they captured of me and held on to through the years. Brothers in arms for life.

U.S. Air Force’s Explosive Ordinance Detachment attached to Army’s 1st Brigade, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, perform a controlled detonation of two 120 mm artillery shells buried under the asphalt in the Kirkuk province, Iraq, that had been discovered by Concerned Local Citizens. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet, 8 December 2007.)

US Army Specialist Kerry M. G. Danyluk. 15 APR 2014.

Died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries sustained 12 APR during small arms fire attack in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan. Danyluk was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, New York.

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Remember to be thankful for the little things.

U.S. Army Sgt. Stephen Ogden provides security for potential threats at an Afghan border police checkpoint near Forward Operating Base Torkham in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, Nov. 18, 2013. Ogden, a team leader, is assigned to 10th Mountain Division’s Company C, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. [Like warm beds, hot showers, a roof over your head and paved roads free from the probabilities of IEDs. We’re still over there this holiday season. Lest you engage the privilege to disregard your ethical and moral responsibility to the warriors of our democratic republic. Sure they volunteered to take up arms in your defense. And you’re the sheep who sent the sheepdogs loose on the wolf’s trail. You have an obligation to them. Never forget. -R] 

Don’t get too comfy now.

U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Lockwood with Charlie Company, 319th Military Intelligence Battalion, 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade provides security with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division near Combat Outpost Zerok, Paktika province, Afghanistan. An additional detail of soldiers was en route to Saghrain village to discuss conditions of the region with elders and residents.

(Photo by Spc. Raymond Schaeffer, 20 FEB 2013.)



Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Night sling.

Soldiers with Battery B, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La., sling load an M119, 105mm howitzer to a CH-47 Chinook at FOB Gamberi, Laghman province, Afghanistan. Battery B will be conducting sling-load operations; moving artillery equipment throughout the province in efforts to maintain stability.

(Photo by Spc. Edward Bates, 22 SEP 2013.)