U.S. Army Pilots Prepare for Aviation Missions in Afghanistan

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Leaders prepares his communication earplugs outside his UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter before a flight from Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan's Logar province, Oct. 22, 2013. Leaders, a crew chief, is assigned to 2nd Battalion Assault, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Leaders, foreground, looks on as a soldier refuels his UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter on Forward Operating Base Airborne, Afghanistan, Oct. 22, 2013. Leaders, a crew chief, is assigned to 2nd Battalion Assault, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Leaders observes one of the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter's engines while conducting startup procedures before flying a mission to move personnel on Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan's Logar province, Oct. 22, 2013. Leaders, a crew chief, is assigned to 2nd Battalion Assault, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg
  • U.S. soldiers perform maintenance on AH-64 Apache helicopters while on the flightline on Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan's Logar province, Oct. 22, 2013. The soldiers, crew chiefs, are assigned to 2nd Battalion Assault, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg
  • U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Amanda Combs prepares her AH-64 Apache helicopter for a security and reconnaissance mission over Logar and Wardak provinces from Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan's Logar province, Oct. 22, 2013. Combs, a pilot, is assigned to 2nd Battalion Assault, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg
  • U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 William St. Clair and U.S. Army Capt. Jon Ryder fly their AH-64 Apache helicopter for a security and reconnaissance mission over Logar and Wardak provinces from Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan's Logar province, Oct. 22, 2013. St. Clair and Ryder are pilots assigned to 2nd Battalion Assault, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg