A coalition special operations forces combat controller coordinates close air support during a fire fight in Kunar province, Afghanistan, March 7, 2012. A force of more than 100 Afghan National Army commandos and coalition special operations forces searched an Afghan village for weapons caches and known anti-Afghanistan forces.

An A-10 Warthog fires a 30 mm cannon during a fire fight in Kunar province, Afghanistan, March 7, 2012. Coalition special operations forces called in airstrikes to suppress insurgent fire. A force of more than 100 Afghan National Army commandos and coalition special operations forces searched an Afghan village for weapons caches and known anti-Afghanistan forces.

A coalition special operations forces service member defends his position from insurgent small arms fire during a fire fight in Kunar province, Afghanistan, March 7, 2012. A force of more than 100 Afghan National Army commandos and coalition special operations forces searched an Afghan village for weapons caches and known anti-Afghanistan forces.

A coalition special operations forces service member fires a 60mm mortar during a fire fight in Kunar province, Afghanistan, March 7, 2012. A force of more than 100 Afghan National Army commandos and coalition special operations forces searched an Afghan village for weapons caches and known anti-Afghanistan forces.

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter lands to medically evacuate an Afghan National Army commando injured by insurgent small arms fire in Kunar province, Afghanistan, March 7, 2012. A force of more than 100 commandos, advised by coalition special operations forces, searched an Afghan village for weapons caches and known anti-Afghanistan forces.

A coalition special operations forces service member adjusts the fuse of a 60mm mortar during a fire fight in Kunar province, Afghanistan, March 7, 2012. A force of more than 100 Afghan National Army commandos and coalition special operations forces searched an Afghan village for weapons caches and known anti-Afghanistan forces.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Omar Jackson, a squad leader assigned to 3rd Platoon, Able Nation, and a native of N.J., (left) U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Ross Hines, a native of Texas, and 3rd platoon leader greet local Afghans while on a patrol near the Enzarkay Pass, March 2. Able Nation, or A Company, is part of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Gold Geronimo.

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from A Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, follows Mi-17 helicopters from Kandahar Air Wing during an air assault training mission in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 29.

2nd Lt. Steven Biggs watches as his team progresses toward the village of Hezerat during a village assessment in Afghanistan. Biggs, a chemical officer by trade, is the personal security detachment leader assigned to 3-1 Special Troops Battalion. The unit is attached to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division deployed from Fort Bliss, Texas. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Victor Everhart, Jr. Feb. 28.

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