U.S. Military Women Serve in Combat in Afghanistan

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Claudia Caberoherbas, right, provides perimeter security outside a village where troops search for a weapons cache in the Spin Boldak district in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, March 3, 2013. Caberoherbas is assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's Company B, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Striker Brigade Combat Team. 
 U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann
  • U.S. female soldiers secure an Afghan compound while other soldiers meet with Afghan elders in the Spin Boldak district in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, March 3, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's Female Engagement Team 6, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, and 519th Military Intelligence Battalion. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann
  • Women from the Afghan air force and U.S. International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan listen to presentations during an International Women’s Day celebration at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, March 7, 2013. The celebration highlighted the contributions Afghan women make in building a better and stronger Afghan air force. U.S. Air Force photo by SSgt. Dustin Payne
  • U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Martinez, right, talks to U.S Army Staff Sgt. Washington about the training Aghan soldiers conducted on the D-30 howitzer on Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam in Afghanistan's Laghman province, March 12, 2013. Martinez and Washington are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Claire Baker
  • U.S. Army Spc. Elizabeth Ledesma serves as the flight operations noncommissioned officer for the medical evacuation company on Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 13, 2013. Ledesma, a logistics specialist, is assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 149th General Support Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. Army  Sgt. Amanda Olmeda provides security from an observation tower on Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 13, 2013. Olmeda, a chaplain's assistant, is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. Army Spc. Shiloh Polzella, left, greets dining facility patrons with a smile as she conducts a head count at Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 13, 2013. Polzella, a communications specialist, is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 543rd Military Police Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. Army Spc. Priscilla Martinez prepares to conduct pre-maintenance checks and services on a quick reaction force mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle on Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 13, 2013. 
Martinez, a healthcare specialist, is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Headquarters Company, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. Army Spc. Brittany Dial maintains communications equipment for the base quick reaction force on Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 13, 2013. Dial, a communications specialist, is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Headquarters Company, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. Army Pfc. Laci Lognion puts on her personal protective equipment during a pre-flight exercise on Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 13, 2013. Lognion, a flight paramedic, is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company C, 2nd Battalion, 149th General Support Aviation Brigade, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. Army Pfc. Laci Lognion, right, inventories her medical equipment and U.S. Army Capt. Ivonne Cartagena, center, adjusts medical items during a pre-flight exercise on Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 13, 2013. Lognion, a flight paramedic, and Cartagena, a critical care nurse, are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company C, 2nd Battalion, 149th General Support Aviation Brigade, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. Army Spc. Shaina Joseph mounts her M240B machine gun aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 13, 2013. Joseph, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist, is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company C, 3rd Battalion, 501st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bethany Bump conducts her pre-flight routine in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter before a mission on Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 13, 2013. Bump, a helicopter pilot, is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company C, 3rd Battalion, 501st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bethany Bump conducts her pre-flight routine in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and checks with her crew chief before a mission on Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 13, 2013. Bump, a helicopter pilot, is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company C, 3rd Battalion, 501st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. Army Spc. Hazzel Leon, left, draws blood from a patient during “sick call” for testing at an aid station on Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 13, 2013. Leon, a healthcare specialist, is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company C, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jayme Copeland ground guides a fork lift on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, March 14, 2013. Copeland, an embarkation specialist, is supporting the Reset and Reconstitution Operational Group. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena
  • U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Laura Cook, left, talks with Ahmad Jawid Ghafoori, right, hospital anesthesiologist, during a meeting at Farah City Hospital in Afghanistan's Farah province, March 26, 2013. Cook, a physician assistant, is assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Josh Ives
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Sydney Hays, Spc. Alexandria Foreman and Sgt. Selvija Bajrami unload equipment from a vehicle during an inventory on Multinational Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, March 18, 2013. The three women are assigned to the 3rd Division's Headquarters  Company, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team.
 U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick
  • U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Johanna Bermudez-Vera checks a fluid bag for an intravenous line at the Role Two Hospital on Multinational Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, March 17, 2013. Bermudez-Vera is a registered nurse. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick
  • U. S. Navy Lt. Betsy Hoyos De Albers starts an intravenous line in the arm of a patient as Lt. j.g. Johanna Bermudez-Vera assists on Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, March 17, 2013.  U.S.  Army photo by Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick talks with Afghans in the Siya Boghal village in Khas Uruzgan, Afghanistan, March 16, 2013. McCormick, serving her fourth combat deployment, provides photojournalist support for Combined Team Uruzgan Public Affairs.  U.S. Army photo by Spc. Wes Conroy
  • U.S. Navy Lt. Betsy Hoyos De Albers starts an intravenous line in the arm of a patient at the Role Two Hospital on Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, March 17, 2013.  U.S.  Army photo by Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick
  • U.S. Army Spc. Alexandria Foreman loads a marker board into a vehicle during an inventory on Multinational Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, March 18, 2013. Foreman is assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's Headquarters Company, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick