A U.S. soldier organizes unstable ordnance for destruction at the demolition range on Forward Operating Base Salerno in Afghanistan's Khost province, Sept. 2, 2012.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgts. Vincent Laughlin, left, Joshua Williams, center, and Cpl. Valentino Nevarez prepare for the raising of the flag during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2012. Laughlin, Williams and Nevarez are assigned to Ist Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group.
U.S. Marines begin a patrol from Forward Operating Base Shamsher in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Sept. 6, 2012. The Marines, assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, conducted the patrol to disrupt the flow of lethal and illicit aid by the enemy in the area.