Monday, February 07, 2011


LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Adam Nielsen, right, an infantry team leader from Cedar Falls, Iowa, and U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Thyne, left, an infantry team leader from Clinton, Iowa, both of Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, exchange high fives after working their way up a steep mountainside outside the village of Shebatkyl, Afghanistan, Feb. 3. The last time the Soldiers of Co. A attempted to enter Shebatkyl, they fought through an ambush of enemy forces firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades from multiple directions on the surrounding mountains. This time, the Soldiers were able to enter the village, conduct a lengthy key leader engagement with village elders which focused on working with the coalition to secure the town from insurgents operating in the Sygal valley, and even drink chai tea with the people. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs Office)

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