Soldiers of the 2-28 TF Black Knights, 172nd BCT return to FOB Tillman in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, 2011.

Soldiers of the 2-28 TF Black Knights, 172nd BCT return to FOB Tillman in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, 2011.

 A smoke flare marks the landing zone for supplies to be dropped from a plane near FOB Tillman on the Af-Pak border of Gayan district, Paktika province. 2011.

A smoke flare marks the landing zone for supplies to be dropped from a plane near FOB Tillman on the Af-Pak border of Gayan district, Paktika province. 2011.

 Villagers in Sarobi district, Paktika province, gather to discuss the Afghan Local Police initiative with ALP commander Aziz and US Special Forces soldiers. 2011.

Villagers in Sarobi district, Paktika province, gather to discuss the Afghan Local Police initiative with ALP commander Aziz and US Special Forces soldiers. 2011.

 Soldiers pause while on patrol in Gayan district, Paktika province. 2011. 

Soldiers pause while on patrol in Gayan district, Paktika province. 2011. 

 Weapons perch at an overwatch outpost above COP Munoz in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

Weapons perch at an overwatch outpost above COP Munoz in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

 Soldiers of the 2-28 TF Black Knights, 172nd BCT return to FOB Tillman in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, 2011.

Soldiers of the 2-28 TF Black Knights, 172nd BCT return to FOB Tillman in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, 2011.

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 An Afghan Local Police vehicle sets up an overwatch position over the Pirkowti valley in Paktika province, Afghanistan. 2011.

An Afghan Local Police vehicle sets up an overwatch position over the Pirkowti valley in Paktika province, Afghanistan. 2011.

 Orgun District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

Orgun District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

 An Afghan Border Police member and camels owned by "Kuchi" nomads at the border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan near FOB Tillman in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

An Afghan Border Police member and camels owned by "Kuchi" nomads at the border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan near FOB Tillman in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

 An Afghan man discusses insurgent intimidation of locals to soldiers of Dog Company, TF White Currahee 2-506 Infantry, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

An Afghan man discusses insurgent intimidation of locals to soldiers of Dog Company, TF White Currahee 2-506 Infantry, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

 A young Afghan Border Police officer mans a border crossing post under the watchful eyes of American soldiers in FOB Tillman (background). Gayan district, Paktika province, 2011.

A young Afghan Border Police officer mans a border crossing post under the watchful eyes of American soldiers in FOB Tillman (background). Gayan district, Paktika province, 2011.

 Soldiers pass a local graveyard while on patrol in the Gayan Valley. Paktika, 2011.

Soldiers pass a local graveyard while on patrol in the Gayan Valley. Paktika, 2011.

 Locals watch as Afghan Border Police search their vehicles at a Af-Pak border crossing near FOB Tillman. 2011.

Locals watch as Afghan Border Police search their vehicles at a Af-Pak border crossing near FOB Tillman. 2011.

 Afghan National Army soldiers shoulder supplies after being dropped off by helicopter during a joint mission with US forces. 2011.

Afghan National Army soldiers shoulder supplies after being dropped off by helicopter during a joint mission with US forces. 2011.

 Soldiers of TF Black Knights, 2-28, 172nd BCT patrol near the Pakistan border in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

Soldiers of TF Black Knights, 2-28, 172nd BCT patrol near the Pakistan border in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

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 Soldiers of the 2-28 TF Black Knights, 172nd BCT return to FOB Tillman in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, 2011.
 A smoke flare marks the landing zone for supplies to be dropped from a plane near FOB Tillman on the Af-Pak border of Gayan district, Paktika province. 2011.
 Villagers in Sarobi district, Paktika province, gather to discuss the Afghan Local Police initiative with ALP commander Aziz and US Special Forces soldiers. 2011.
 Soldiers pause while on patrol in Gayan district, Paktika province. 2011. 
 Weapons perch at an overwatch outpost above COP Munoz in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.
 Soldiers of the 2-28 TF Black Knights, 172nd BCT return to FOB Tillman in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, 2011.
00170010.jpg
 An Afghan Local Police vehicle sets up an overwatch position over the Pirkowti valley in Paktika province, Afghanistan. 2011.
 Orgun District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.
 An Afghan Border Police member and camels owned by "Kuchi" nomads at the border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan near FOB Tillman in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.
 An Afghan man discusses insurgent intimidation of locals to soldiers of Dog Company, TF White Currahee 2-506 Infantry, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.
 A young Afghan Border Police officer mans a border crossing post under the watchful eyes of American soldiers in FOB Tillman (background). Gayan district, Paktika province, 2011.
 Soldiers pass a local graveyard while on patrol in the Gayan Valley. Paktika, 2011.
 Locals watch as Afghan Border Police search their vehicles at a Af-Pak border crossing near FOB Tillman. 2011.
 Afghan National Army soldiers shoulder supplies after being dropped off by helicopter during a joint mission with US forces. 2011.
 Soldiers of TF Black Knights, 2-28, 172nd BCT patrol near the Pakistan border in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.
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Soldiers of the 2-28 TF Black Knights, 172nd BCT return to FOB Tillman in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, 2011.

A smoke flare marks the landing zone for supplies to be dropped from a plane near FOB Tillman on the Af-Pak border of Gayan district, Paktika province. 2011.

Villagers in Sarobi district, Paktika province, gather to discuss the Afghan Local Police initiative with ALP commander Aziz and US Special Forces soldiers. 2011.

Soldiers pause while on patrol in Gayan district, Paktika province. 2011. 

Weapons perch at an overwatch outpost above COP Munoz in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

Soldiers of the 2-28 TF Black Knights, 172nd BCT return to FOB Tillman in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, 2011.

An Afghan Local Police vehicle sets up an overwatch position over the Pirkowti valley in Paktika province, Afghanistan. 2011.

Orgun District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

An Afghan Border Police member and camels owned by "Kuchi" nomads at the border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan near FOB Tillman in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

An Afghan man discusses insurgent intimidation of locals to soldiers of Dog Company, TF White Currahee 2-506 Infantry, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

A young Afghan Border Police officer mans a border crossing post under the watchful eyes of American soldiers in FOB Tillman (background). Gayan district, Paktika province, 2011.

Soldiers pass a local graveyard while on patrol in the Gayan Valley. Paktika, 2011.

Locals watch as Afghan Border Police search their vehicles at a Af-Pak border crossing near FOB Tillman. 2011.

Afghan National Army soldiers shoulder supplies after being dropped off by helicopter during a joint mission with US forces. 2011.

Soldiers of TF Black Knights, 2-28, 172nd BCT patrol near the Pakistan border in Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2011.

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