OEF Deployment Photos

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Coalition forces from Task Force Pirate celebrate Christmas with local nationals in Jagdalek, Afghanistan on December 24, 2004. (US Army photo by SPC Johnny R. Aragon)


Coalition forces from Task Force Pirate celebrate Christmas with local nationals in Jagdalek, Afghanistan on December 24, 2004. (US Army photo by SPC Johnny R. Aragon)


A CH-47 Chinook helicopter hooks up to a conex full of gifts to distribute to Afghan children in the village of Jegdalek on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2004. The soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines took time to visit with the children and distributed gifts that were donated from various U.S. organizations in the United States. (US Army photo by 1st. Lt. Patricia Sinnett) (Released)


Coalition forces from Task Force Pirate celebrate Christmas with local nationals in Jagdalek, Afghanistan on December 24, 2004. (US Army photo by SPC Johnny R. Aragon)


Coalition forces from Task Force Pirate celebrate Christmas with local nationals in Jagdalek, Afghanistan on December 24, 2004. (US Army photo by SPC Johnny R. Aragon)


Men cook food in the village of Jegdalek on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2004. The soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines took time to visit with the children and distributed gifts that were donated from various U.S. organizations in the United States. (US Army photo by 1st. Lt. Patricia Sinnett) (Released)


Robin Williams, John Elway, Leeann Tweedon, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers, United Service Organizations (USO) Chief Executive Officer Ned Powell, Blake Clark, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Eric Olson, and Mrs. Mary Jo Myers, prepare their shovels during a ground-break ceremony at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Dec. 16, 2004. The National Football League donated $250,000 to the USO to build a memorial here to former Arizona Cardinals player and Army Ranger Spec. Patrick Tillman. DoDphoto by Tech. Sgt. Scott M. Ash, U.S. Air Force. 


Robin Williams, John Elway, Leeann Tweedon, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers, United Service Organizations (USO) Chief Executive Officer Ned Powell, Blake Clark, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Eric Olson, and Mrs. Mary Jo Myers, prepare their shovels during a ground-break ceremony at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Dec. 16, 2004. The National Football League donated $250,000 to the USO to build a memorial here to former Arizona Cardinals player and Army Ranger Spec. Patrick Tillman. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott M. Ash, U.S. Air Force.


Photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhen -- Spc. Eric Loche, Co. A, 528th Eng. Bn. (left), leads the Forward Operating Base Salerno Gospel Choir during the dedication of a new chapel Dec. 15 at FOB Salerno, Afghanistan.


Photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhen -- Although some finishing work remains, the new chapel at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, opened its doors Dec. 15, replacing a cramped tent that previously served as the chapel.


Photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhen -- Army Chief of Chaplains Chap. (Maj. Gen.) David H. Hicks, leads Soldiers in a prayer Dec. 15 during the dedication of a new chapel at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. 


Photo by Master Sgt. Terry Anderson --
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hayes, Task Force Guardian, talks about the importance of leadership in a combat zone following a re-enlistment ceremony held at the Joint Operations Center on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Six Soldiers from Schofield Barracks' 58th Military Police Company reenlisted Dec. 19, bringing the total number of reenlistments to 24 during the unit's Operation Enduring Freedom rotation. The 58th MP Co. is scheduled to redeploy in April of 2005. Pictured from left to right are Hayes, Staff Sgt. Michael Stitt, Staff Sgt. Ronald Dieterle, Staff Sgt. Lisa Kirk, Sgt. James Hall, Sgt. Kelly Snyder and Spc. Donnell Macklin. 

2nd Lt. Erik Sedlock, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, gives an Iraqi boy a high-five near the 3 West Police Station in Mosul, Iraq, Dec. 12, 2004. DoD photo by Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, U.S. Army. 

1st Lt. Jason Stanley (left), Staff Sgt. Chris McCarthy, and Capt. Phon Sundra, all with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, talk with children during a patrol in Mosul, Iraq, Dec. 11, 2004. DoD photo by Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, U.S. Army.

Photo by Cpl. Justin Schaeffer -- Private Aaron Holmes of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment provides security during a patrol in the Khost province of Afghanistan on December 1, 2004. 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines is conducting security and stabilization operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Corporal Justin L. Schaeffer) Released

Photo by Cpl. Justin Schaeffer --
Marines of Combined Anti - Armor Team, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, provide security during a patrol in the Khowst province of Afghanistan on December 1, 2004. 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines is conducting security and stabilization operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Corporal Justin L. Schaeffer) Released

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, Chief of Staff of the Army, reenlists 33 Soldiers from Third Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Div. (Light) at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan on Dec. 24 . Photo by: Master Sgt. Michael LeMire

This past week, as U.S. forces celebrated their holy day of Christmas, many of them participated in cultural exchanges with the Afghan people. The cultural exchanges took place in the south and eastern parts of Afghanistan, just as U.S. forces celebrated the Eid holiday with the Afghan people in November. In Kandahar, Gov. Yusuk Pashtun visited 25th Inf. Div. (Light) Soldiers at three separate Forward Operating Bases. Gov. Pashtun wished the Soldiers a "Merry Christmas" and thanked the Soldiers for making Afghanistan safe for himself and the rest of the Afghan people. Gov. Pashtun told the Soldiers that it was his duty to protect his country, but that the U.S. Soldiers volunteered, and that he would always remember their sacrifice. Gov. Pashtun also said that any country that had men that would be in Afghanistan for Christmas to bring freedom, would live forever. Soldiers young and old were touched by Gov. Pashtun's comments, and showed emotion through tears. Photos by: Capt. Rodrigo Cantu, U.S. Marine Corps 

This past week, as U.S. forces celebrated their holy day of Christmas, many of them participated in cultural exchanges with the Afghan people. The cultural exchanges took place in the south and eastern parts of Afghanistan, just as U.S. forces celebrated the Eid holiday with the Afghan people in November. In Kandahar, Gov. Yusuk Pashtun visited 25th Inf. Div. (Light) Soldiers at three separate Forward Operating Bases. Gov. Pashtun wished the Soldiers a "Merry Christmas" and thanked the Soldiers for making Afghanistan safe for himself and the rest of the Afghan people. Gov. Pashtun told the Soldiers that it was his duty to protect his country, but that the U.S. Soldiers volunteered, and that he would always remember their sacrifice. Gov. Pashtun also said that any country that had men that would be in Afghanistan for Christmas to bring freedom, would live forever. Soldiers young and old were touched by Gov. Pashtun's comments, and showed emotion through tears. Photos by: Capt. Rodrigo Cantu, U.S. Marine Corps 

Photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhen
Staff Sgt. Brian Damon, a carpenter from the 367th Eng. Bn., saws a piece of wood to be used in a new guard tower at Waza Khwa, Afghanistan.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhen
Spc. David Baker, a carpenter from the 367th Eng. Bn., uses a tape measure to check the dimensions on a new guard tower at Waza Khwa, Afghanistan.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhen
Maj. Gen. Eric T. Olson, commander of CJTF-76, talks to Soldiers during Christmas dinner Dec. 25 at Waza Khwa, Afghanistan.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhen
Maj. Gen. Eric T. Olson, commander of CJTF-76 talks to Soldiers of Co. C, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Rgt. Dec. 25 in Waza Khwa, Afghanistan, following a patrol through several nearby villages.

Photo by JO1 (SW/AW) Kristin Fitzsimmons
Spc. Freddy Barahona, left, and Spc. Michael Hanes enjoy their Christmas at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Chaplain (Maj.) Judith Hamrick listens attentively as local mullahs introduce themselves during a meeting in Khost, Afghanistan Dec. 14. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss cultural differences and similarities amongst the religious leaders. 

U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) William Wehlage listens attentively as a local mullah tells a humorous story about miscommunication during a meeting in Khost, Afghanistan Dec. 14. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss cultural differences and similarities amongst the religious leaders. 

Photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhen
Spc. Jonathan Low, a designated marksman for Co. C, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Rgt., uses the scope on his M14 rifle to check out a man approaching in the distance Dec. 22 from a hilltop in Khoday Nazar Kor, Afghanistan.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhen
A Soldier from Co. C, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Rgt. hand out Skittles candy to Afghan kids Dec. 22 in Khezer Kheyl, Afghanistan.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhen
Cpl. Marcus Denny, a team leader from Co. C, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Rgt., patrols the desolate streets of Marjaneh, Afghanistan, Dec. 22.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhen
1st Lt. Neil Armstrong, a platoon leader with Co. C, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Rgt., talks to a village elder in Marjaneh, Afghanistan, Dec. 22.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhen
Two Soldiers from Co. C, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf Rgt. provide overwatch from a hill during a patrol Dec. 22 in Khoday Nazar Kor, Afghanistan.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhen
Two Soldiers from Co. C, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf Rgt. climb a hill during a patrol Dec. 22 in Khoday Nazar Kor, Afghanistan