On this day in 2011, I was hanging with some righteous dudes from the @1bct101st
in a guard tower in eastern #Afghanistan
for countless hours.
It was one of those quiet #sunsets
that took place in the foothills of the #HinduKush
mountain ranges in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. However, the beauty of the area can sometimes lull one into a safe sense of security. These quiet moments of respite and rumination can be the most dangerous for #Soldiers
. The people, the culture, the land have all been marred by constant conflict since #AlexanderTheGreat
failed in 330 BC.
Yet, I can’t wait to visit those lush valleys and spiny peaks again someday. Hopefully, when it’s safe.
During a quiet moment overlooking farmers in their fields, #USArmy
Spc. William C. Rothe (left), a metal worker from #Dallas
, and U.S. Army Spc. Damian C. Caldino, a food service specialist from #Oxnard
, Calif., both assigned to Forward Support Company G, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, #TaskForceBalls
, talk while standing guard in a tower at Forward Operating Base Hughie in eastern Afghanistan’s #Nangarhar
province Feb. 24, 2011.
#complacencykills #FOBHughie #guardduty #101stairborne #Bastogne #Army #OEF #combatphotographer #M240B