Vice President Biden Visits Afghanistan

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus travel aboard a helicopter over Afghanistan, Jan. 11, 2010.
 White House photo by  David Lienemann
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden awards a Bronze Star to Staff Sgt. Workman on Forward Operating Base Airborne in Wardak province, Afghanistan, Jan. 11, 2011. White House Photo by David Lienemann
  • U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jack Briggs, commander 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, greets U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during his visit at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2011. Biden arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit to demonstrate the United States' commitment to a long-term partnership with Afghanistan.  U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sheila DeVera
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets with troops from Delaware, his home state, during his visit to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael L. Sparks
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets with troops from Delaware during his visit to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael L. Sparks
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets with troops from Delaware during his visit to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael L. Sparks
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden thanks members of the 101st Division Band brass quintet for their performance during his visit to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan 12, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David House
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden talks to troops during breakfast on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2011. Biden made a surprise visit to the airfield, where he met with about 400 troops and thanked them individually for their service.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David House
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets with U.S. Marine Cpl. Caitlyn Baker on Bagram Airfield, Jan. 12, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David House
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden autographs a copy of the Dover Post for a Delaware service member during his visit to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David House
  • U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Warren Phipps presents U.S. Vice President Joe Biden with gifts before he departs Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2011. Phipps is the deputy commanding general for support for Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David House
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden talks with U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Wesley M. Erb during his visit to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2011. Erb is assigned to 1st Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael L. Sparks
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Teryeshia Wilson greets U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Bagram Airfield, Afghnanistan, Jan 12, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Helen Miller
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets Afghan army Brig. Gen. Amlaqullah Patyani, commander of the Kabul Military Training Center, during a visit to the largest military training facility in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 11, 2011. At any given time, more than 11,000 recruits at the center are preparing to serve in the Afghan army.  U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Brian Brannon
  • Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, left, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus receive a briefing from Afghan army Brig. Gen. Amlaqullah Patyani, commander of the Kabul Military Training Center, on current activities at the largest military training facility in Afghanistan, Jan. 11, 2011. At any given time, more than 11,000 recruits at the center are preparing to serve. Petraeus is the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Brian Brannon
  • Afghan national army Chief of Staff Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, right, meets U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during a tour of the largest military training facility in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 11, 2011. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Brian Brannon
  • Afghan army Brig. Gen. Amlaqullah Patyani, commander of the Kabul Military Training Center, introduces U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to Afghan recruits during a break in training on military operations in urban terrain in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 11, 2011. At any given time, more than 10,000 recruits at the center are preparing to serve in the Afghan army.   U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Brian Brannon
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden awards a Bronze Star to Staff Sgt. Workman at Forward Operating Base Airborne in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 11, 2011. White House photo by David Lienemann
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Bidden bids farewell as he departs Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2011. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sheila DeVera