Paratroopers from the 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st
Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat
Team, 25th Infantry Division, wait in a dust storm for
the beginning of an air assault mission at Forward
Operating Base Kushamond, Afghanistan, July 17, 2009.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Marquez prepares to
return insurgent fire near the Lakari Bazaar in the
Garmsir district of the Helmand province of Afghanistan
July 19, 2009. Marquez is with 2nd Platoon, 2nd
Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, a ground combat element
of Regimental Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary
Brigade-Afghanistan. DoD photo by Gunnery Sgt. James A.
Burks, U.S. Marine Corps/Released
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Andrew Schoenmaker,
center, talks with leaders at a meeting in the Nawa
District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 15, 2009.
Schoenmaker and other Marines are assigned to Bravo
Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine
Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan.