10th mtn


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.


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.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Beethoven’s Silence.

UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter crews conduct a mission to move personnel through Salang Pass in Afghanistan, Jan. 15, 2014. The crews are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division’s 159th Combat Aviation Brigade and the 10th Mountain Division’s 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. The crews flew the Black Hawk at more than 15,000 feet above sea level as they traveled through the pass.

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] 

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.)