Carter Visits Damaged Consulate, Addresses Troops in Afghanistan

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter departs in a Blackhawk helicopter from International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013. Carter visited several forward bases to meet with commanders. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter receives a brief from Marine Maj. Gen. Lee Miller, commander of Regional Command Southwest, about activity in his area of command at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter boards a V-22 Osprey to depart Camp Bastion to visit the U.S. Consulate which fought off an attack by the Taliban a day earlier in Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • A gunner keeps a close eye on the ground as a V-22 Osprey carries U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter to the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013. The consulate fought off an attack by the Taliban a day earlier. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrives at the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013, to survey the damage and meet with staff and troops a day after a Taliban attack. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, center, looks over the damage to the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013. Consulate personnel fought off an attack by the Taliban a day earlier. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter addresses service members as he surveys the damage to the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013. A day earlier, troops fought off an attack by the Taliban. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter surveys the damage to the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013, one day after a Taliban attack that severely damaged the building. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter shakes the hand and presents a coin to a crew member of a V-22 Osprey after a flight to visit the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013.  A day earlier, the consulate was attacked by the Taliban. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Honor guardsmen roll out the red carpet prior to the arrival of U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter for a meeting at the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter stands next to Marine Maj. Gen. Lee Miller, commander of Regional Command Southwest, as he addresses troops during a visit to the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013. The consulate was heavily damaged during an attack by the Taliban. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Broken glass lays over a chair in the dining facility of the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, September 14, 2013, a day after a Taliban attack heavily damaged the building. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Windows on balconies of the U.S. Consulate, in Herat, Afghanistan were blown out in an attack by the Taliban a day before U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited the site to survey the damage and meet with staff and troops, Sept. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter peers around a building to the outer perimeter of the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013, while surveying the damage a day after the consulate was attacked by the Taliban. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Troops keep a watchful eye on the perimeter of the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013, while U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited the site to survey the damage and meet with staff and troops. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • A traffic circle is seen from a V-22 Osprey carrying U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter to the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013, where the Taliban carried out an attack a day earlier. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • A V-22 Osprey assigned to the flight group that carried U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter to the U.S. Consulate in Herat, flies over southwest Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • A town can be seen from a V-22 Osprey that carried U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter to the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter signs the guestbook as he arrives for a meeting at the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Afghan Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi at the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Afghan Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi at the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett