Sgt. Tim Martin, an infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, shows evidence of the long journey after returning from Operation Buffalo Thunder II at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan. During the eight-day mission, Afghan and American forces cleared more than 120 kilometers of rugged terrain and escorted approximately 60 truckloads of humanitarian aid for distribution to the people of Shorabak.
Soldiers with 2nd Platoon of the 569th Engineer Company gather on a berm at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan. Soldiers of the 569th Engineers have located hundreds of improvised explosive devices along routes in Spin Boldak since deploying to Afghanistan in February. The engineer unit currently holds the company record for the most IED finds using ground penetrating radar in Afghanistan. The unit is from Fort Carson, Colo.
(Photo by Staff Sergeant Brendan Mackie, 7 OCT 2012.)