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Secretary of Defense Mattis Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan After Deadly Taliban Rampage on Afghan Military Base

(U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis looks out over Kabul as he arrives via helicopter at Resolute Support headquarters on April 24, 2017, in in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mattis is on a regional tour of the Middle East. )

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I managed to catch the Marine Corps West Expo today over on main side of Camp Pendleton.

A lot of cool new gear and vehicles were on display for us to check out.

The tacks still look uncomfortable as hell but the JLTVs that Oshkosh is producing look and feel outstanding.

They are 100× more comfortable then HMMWVs and the accessories were great to see. They even have cup holders and working A/C!

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“Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, March 1968: US Navy Hospital Corpsman Theodore Rutkowski of Pittsburgh lies on the ground just outside of Khe Sanh’s outer defenses and uses a stethoscope to listen for signs of Viet Cong tunneling beneath the beleaguered base. Covering him is US Marine Julian Kalama of San Lorenzo, Calif.”

Photographed by John Olson for Stars and Stripes