U.S. Army Sgt. 1st. Class Alan Sutton, 2nd from left, radios in an update as fellow paratroopers clear a compound during a foot patrol in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, Aug 1, 2012. Sutton, a platoon leader, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's Company A, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Christopher Dykes selects a pair of hazard-proof boots during equipment distribution at the Transit Center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, Aug. 4, 2012. The Transit Center's Expeditionary Theater Distribution Center is where airmen and Air Force civilians are issued individual protective gear before deploying to Afghanistan.