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Answering the Tough Questions

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Gen. Stanley McChrystal,International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces Afghanistan commander, attends a press conference after an operation briefing to answer questions for local media, Feb. 2, 2010, Camp Hero, Kandahar, Afghanistan. U.S. and Coalition forces commanders attended the briefing to discuss forces gearing up for an important operation in Southern Afghanistan.

Photo by Kenny Holston of the United States of America.

Contest entry D0099.

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American Humvee

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A U.S. Army Chinook Helicopter makes its landing approach, in preparation to deliver a humvee to a Forward Operating Base in Southern Afghanistan, March 4, 2010. The Chinook Helicopter is the U.S. Army’s primary cargo rotary aircraft and has been one of the main work horses throughout Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Photo by Kenny Holston of the United States of America.

Contest entry D0099.

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Onto the Battlefield

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U.S. Army Soldiers with the 205th Coalition Mentor Team, exit the side door of an MI-17 tactical helicopter during a battlefield circulation mission, Feb. 25, 2010, Southern Afghanistan. General Qs Ime, Afghan National Army 205th Corps vice commander, and his mentor U.S. Army Lt. Col. Matthew Bedwell, 205th Coalition Mentor Team deputy commander, stopped at four different FOBs and visited over 200 205th Corps ANA soldiers to discuss the progress of combat operations and quality of life issues at each location.

Photo by Kenny Holston of the United States of America.

Contest entry D0098.

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A Man and His Bomb Dog

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An Explosive Ordnance Disposal dog handler and his dog Bella ride in back of a TLAV on the way back from a mission, Feb. 5, 2010, Southern Afghanistan. Bella’s job is to sniff out IED’s while on patrol through villages in Afghanistan.

Photo by Kenny Holston of the United States of America.

Contest entry D0097.

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On the Move

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A U.S. Army Private First Class with Charlie Company 2508 Task Force Fury, participating in Operation Mesmar, prepares to help clear an orchard during a dismounted patrol, Feb. 5, 2010, Southern Afghanistan. Canadian Forces 3rd KANDAK 1/205 Corps and the U.S. Army Charlie Company 2508 Task Force Furry worked together mentoring the 3-1/205 Afghan National Army for a successful execution of the operation. The mission objective was to clear several villages and fruit orchards in the southern most half of Terot Kulacha in search of IED’s, weapons caches and illegal drugs.

Photo by Kenny Holston of the United States of America.

Contest entry D0096.

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Crew Chief

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USMC Sgt Widman, a CH-53E crew chief with HMH-361 observes the surroundings in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.  April 2009.

Photo by Cory Smith of the United States of America.

Contest entry D0095.

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Look Out

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An ISAF soldier on stag.  Op Medusa 2006.

Photo by Brendan Smith of the United Kingdom.

Contest entry D0094.

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At the End of the Day

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An ISAF soldier stands against the setting sun.  Op Medusa 2006.

Photo by Brendan Smith of the United Kingdom.

Contest entry D0093.

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Calm During the Storm

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An ISAF soldier rests during Op Medusa.  Twenty minutes after this photo was taken the Bison in picture was hit by a roadside bomb.  Op Medusa 2006

Photo by Brendan Smith of the United Kingdom.

Contest entry D0092.

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Lift Off

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A Chinook kicks up dust.  Op Medusa 2006.

Photo by Brendan Smith of the United Kingdom.

Contest entry D0091.

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