U.S., Afghan Forces Conduct Night Operation

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Army Sgt. Andrew Burch tells Pfc. Frank Hardcastle and an Afghan National Army soldier how to orient themselves for security during Operation Champion Sword, an air assault mission, in Khost province, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2009. Burch and Hardcastle are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. International Security Assistance Forces and Afghan security forces teamed up to target specific militants in eastern Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Freire
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Army Sgt. Andrew Burch and an Afghan  soldier scan a tree line for militants during Operation Champion Sword, an air assault mission, in Khost province, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2009. Burch is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Freire
  • As seen through a night-vision device, a U.S. Air Force tactical air controller pulls security alongside Army soldiers during Operation Champion Sword, an air assault mission mission, in Khost province, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Freire
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Army soldiers pull security during Operation Champion Sword, an air assault mission mission, in Khost province, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Freire
  • As seen through a night-vision device, a U.S. Army soldier pulls security on the outer wall of an Afghan home,during Operation Champion Sword, an air assault mission, in Khost province, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Freire
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Army soldiers search a vehicle during Operation Champion Sword, an air assault mission, in Khost province, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Freire
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Army Soldiers search a truck for weapons and information during Operation Champion Sword, an air assault mission, in Khost province, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Freire
  • As seen through a night-vision device, a U.S. Army Soldiers search an Afghan home for weapons, information and explosives during aOperation Champion Sword, n air assault mission, in Khost province, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Freire
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Army Pfc. Rodrigo Ximeno scans for threats during Operation Champion Sword, an air assault mission, in Khost province, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2009. Ximeno is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Freire
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Army pull security waiting for CH-47 Chinook helicopters during Operation Champion Sword, an air assault mission, in Khost province, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Freire
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters fly into a landing zone to pick up U.S. Army soldiers during Operation Champion Sword, an air assault mission, in Khost province, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Freire