Carter Tours Marjah Market, Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen.John A. Toolan Jr., left, greets U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter upon his arrival at Bastion Air Field,  Afghanistan,  Feb. 24, 2012.  Toolan is commander of Regional Command Southwest. The two toured Helmand province. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter flies in a helicopter over Kandahar province in Afghanistan with U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Martin P. Schweitzer, deputy commanding general for operations, 82nd Airborne Division, Feb. 24, 2012. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters follow U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter's helicopter as they fly over Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012. Carter visited U.S. troops and Afghan leaders at Chaman Gate on the Afghan-Pakistan border.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter  surveys Chaman Gate in Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012. Chaman Gate is one of the busiest border crossings in Afghanistan.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter boards a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after visiting Chaman Gate in Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012.  Chaman Gate is one of the busiest border crossings in Afghanistan.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter greets Abdul Mutalib Majbor, the district governor of Marjah, in Marjah, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012.  Carter met with Afghan civilian and military leaders while visiting Marjah and took a walking tour of the local bazaar.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Abdul Mutalib Majbor, the district governor of Marjah, escorts U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on a walking tour of the local bazaar in Marjah, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012. Carter met with Afghan civilian and military leaders while visiting Marjah. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter walks by the new government center with  Abdul Mutalib Majbor, the district governor of Marjah, on a walking tour of the local bazaar in Marjeh, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012. Carter met with Afghan civilian and military leaders while visiting Marjah.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter speaks with an Afghan market owner at the bazaar in Marjah, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012. Carter toured the market with U.S. Marines assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter gives an Afghan girl a small cake while on a walking tour of the bazaar in Marjah, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Marines assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment shake hands with local children while on a walking tour of the bazaar with U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter in Marjah, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter surveys Kajaki Dam in Kajaki, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012. Carter toured the dam and its turbine engines, which are integral to providing water in Helmand province, Afghanistan. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter surveys the irrigation ducts at Kajaki Dam in Kajaki, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter prepares to depart Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012. Carter spent a week visiting Afghan and NATO leaders, as well as deployed U.S. troops.
 DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo