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December 2013

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U.S., Afghan Special Forces Troops Conduct Operation in Kandahar Province

A U.S. Special Forces Operation Detachment-Alpha soldier uses his weapon's optic lens to scan the area as Afghan national commandos conduct a clearing operation in Mandozai village in the Maiwand district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Dec. 27, 2013. U.S. soldiers assisted the Afghan commandos. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bertha A. Flores


U.S. Soldiers Assigned to Guam National Guard Leave Afghanistan

From left to right, U.S. Army Capt. Marleen Tarusan-Legaspi, U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Manuel Blas, U.S. Army Spc. Fletcher Persinger and U.S. Army Chaplain Ronaldo Pascua prepare duffel bags in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 28, 2013, during Task Force Guam's final departure from the country after concluding Operation Enduring Freedom. Tarusan-Legaspi, Blas, Persinger, and Pascua are assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment, Guam Army National Guard. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Eddie Siguenza


U.S. Marines Conduct Weapons Training on Camp Leatherneck

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Dominique Young fires at a target to acquire a battle sight zero on Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 22, 2013. Young, an intelligence specialist, is assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. James Mast


U.S. Army Aviators Provide Support in Afghanistan

U.S. soldiers prepare their UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter for a night personnel movement mission on Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, Dec. 23, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion Assault, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg


Week in Photos 12/21 - 12/27

U.S. soldiers prepare to board a CH-47 Chinook from Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2013, during Guam's last push out of the country. The soldiers are assigned to Task Force Guam, 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment, Guam Army National Guard. The task force officially ended Operation Enduring Freedom, Dec. 26, 2013, enabling Guardsmen to return home. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Eddie Siguenza


Air Force Group Performs for Troops on Bagram Airfield

Members of the Air Force Entertainment Group, which is made up of 27 former members of Tops in Blue, perform for service members on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 24, 2013. The holiday tour includes 15 performances at 10 locations throughout Southwest Asia. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman


U.S. Soldiers Prepare to Leave Afghanistan

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Duane Perez, foreground, carries duffel bags and leads troops to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter as they depart Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2013. Perez is assigned to the Guam Army National Guard's Company E, 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment. He also was part of Task Force Guam, which concludes its historic Operation Enduring Freedom mission. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Eddie Siguenza


U.S. Soldiers Donate Musical Equipment to Afghan Army Band on Forward Operating Base Thunder

U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Daniel Shannon, right, shakes hands with Afghan army Maj. Wazir Gul, the army's band leader, on Forward Operating Base Thunder in Afghanistan's Paktiya province, Dec. 14, 2013. Shannon is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division Band, Headquarters Battalion. The unit donated musical instruments and equipment worth more than $40,000 to the Afghan army band, replacing antiquated instruments band members used for years. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan D. Green

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