Carter Visits Afghanistan on Thanksgiving, Thanks Troops

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter walks with U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, before visiting troops on Thanksgiving in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with troops on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. Carter thanked the troops for their service, saying he knew they would rather be with their families for Thanksgiving, but they were doing a great service and sacrifice for their country by serving. The troops are assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with troops on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. The troops are assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter serves U.S. troops Thanksgiving lunch on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter observes a demonstration by troops on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. The troops are assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Ronald F. Lewis, second from left, deputy commanding general of Regional Command East, shows U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter a security tower on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. Carter then visited with troops assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with U.S. troops on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with Afghan Maj. Gen. Waziri, commander of the 201st Afghan army corps, on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James McConville, commander of Regional Command East, on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013, after visiting with troops on Thanksgiving Day to thank them for their service. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter walks with Afghan Maj. Gen. Waziri, commander of the 201st Afghan army corps, on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his wife, Stephanie, join hands with troops during Thanksgiving lunch on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. The troops are assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Ronald F. Lewis, deputy commanding general for Regional Command East, on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013, after visiting with troops on Thanksgiving Day. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter walks with U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick C. Malackowski, commander of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. Carter met with Malackowski and thanked the troops on Bagram for their service. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick C. Malackowski, commander of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick C. Malackowski, commander of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Stephanie Carter, wife of U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, visits with female service members on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. Carter thanked the troops for their service and spoke to them about specific challenges female service members face while on deployment and at home.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Stephanie Carter, wife of U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, visits with female service members on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets troops at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter thanks troops at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Stephanie Carter, wife of U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, thanks troops at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter serves troops Thanksgiving dinner on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter thanks troops at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Stephanie Carter, wife of U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, visits an Afghan baby with a cleft palate at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013. The Carters thanked the troops on Bagram for their service, saying that they knew  hospital personnel helped save the lives of U.S. service members and provided medical care to the local Afghan population. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter thanks troops at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo