Carter Visits Leaders, Troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter begins a briefing with U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Patrick White of Regional Command South during the final day of his trip to Afghanistan. Carter visited with troops and received briefs on progress at the at Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan, May 14, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter begins a briefing with U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Patrick White of Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan, May 14, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter shakes hands with troops as he joins them for lunch at the Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan, May 14, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter talks with U.S. Army Sgt. Chan'nel Torres-Washington and troops as he joins them for lunch at Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan, May 14, 2013.   DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter observes as a welder cuts apart mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles during a tour of the Defense Logistics Agency's retrograde facility at Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan, May 14, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Sparks fly as a welder cuts apart MRAPS as U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter  visits the Defense Logistics Agency's retrograde facility at Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan, May 14, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Service members toss wires and other decommissioned hardware into bins as they sort them for shredding or salvage as U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter visits the Defense Logistics Agency's retrograde facility at Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan, May 14, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Pallets of decommissioned military hardware await processing at the Defense Logistics Agency's retrograde facility at Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan, May 14, 2013. U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter took a tour of the facility on his final day of a trip to Afghanistan.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter takes a tour with Morgan Dunn, right, of the Defense Logistics Agency's retrograde facility at Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan, May 14, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter holds up the DSD challenge coin as he prepares to hand them out to troops at the Defense Logistics Agency's retrograde facility at Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan, May 14, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter hands out challenge coins as he thanks troops at the Defense Logistics Agency's retrograde facility at Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan, May 14, 2013. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Jagged, rocky and barren mountains make up the rugged terrain that surrounds Firebase Maholic as U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter visits forward bases in Afghanistan, May 14, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter tours the tunnels that once were a hideout for Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar and now are under the control of Firebase Maholic in Afghanistan, May 14, 2013. The tunnels and a nearby Taliban stronghold was captured by U.S. forces in 2001. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter tours the tunnels that once were a hideout for Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar and now are  under the control of Firebase Maholic in Afghanistan, May 14, 2013. The tunnels and a nearby Taliban stronghold was captured by U.S. forces in 2001.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter tours the tunnels that were once the hideout for notorious, and still at large, Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar which is now under the control of Firebase Maholic in Afghanistan, May 14, 2013. The tunnels and nearby Taliban stronghold was captured by U.S. forces in 2001.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter departs the tunnels that once were a hideout for Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar and now are under the control of Firebase Maholic in Afghanistan, May 14, 2013. The tunnels and a nearby Taliban stronghold was captured by U.S. forces in 2001. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Jagged, rocky and barren mountains make up the rugged terrain that surrounds Firebase Maholic as U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter visits forward bases in Afghanistan to visit with troops and receive briefs on progress, May 14, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter heads for a waiting Blackhawk as he wraps a tour of Firebase Maholic in Afghanistan, May 14, 2013.  DOD photo  bGlenn Fawcett