U.S., Afghan Special Forces Conduct Mission in Parwan Province

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • As seen through a night-vision device, a U.S. soldier scans out the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter before landing and picking up U.S. and Afghan special forces soldiers during an operation in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. The soldier is a crew chief and the U.S. Special Forces soldiers are assigned to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. and Afghan special forces soldiers prepare to load their gear into a CH-47 Chinook helicopter before an operation in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. and Afghan special forces soldiers load into a CH-47 Chinook helicopter before an operation in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. and Afghan special forces soldiers patrol up a mountain during an operation in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. and Afghan special forces soldiers take cover after a rocket-propelled grenade is fired towards them on the landing zone from enemy forces during an operation in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. and Afghan army special forces soldiers maneuver through a valley during an operation in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez
  • As seen through a night-vision device, an Afghan commando machine gunner prepares to return fire during a firefight from an insurgent’s high ground position during an operation in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. and Afghan army special forces soldiers take cover fire from insurgents during a firefight in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez
  • U.S. and Afghan special forces soldiers prepare to patrol during an operation in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez
  • A U.S. Special Forces soldier uses binoculars to survey the valley for any suspicious activity during an operation in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez
  • A U.S. Special Forces soldier scans the valley using his weapons optic lens for any suspicious activity during an operation in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez
  • A U.S. soldier records fingerprints of a local Afghan male during an operation in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. The soldier is a military information support operations soldier assigned to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez
  • A U.S. Special Forces soldier scans over the valley as a patrol of U.S. and Afghan army special forces return from clearing further compounds during an operation in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. and Afghan army special forces soldiers maneuver through a village to set up a designated landing zone for pick up after an operation in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez
  • As seen through a night-vision device, a U.S. Special Forces soldier gets a final head count of his element after an operation in the Ghorband district of Afghanistan's Parwan province, Jan. 15, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez