A Fight in Afghanistan

 

 

         
Sunrise in the war zone with the 101st Airborne Division.

          Sunrise in the war zone with the 101st Airborne Division.

 

 

         
A group of U.S. soldiers disembark from a Chinook CH-47D helicopter after a mission at the U.S. occupied air base in Bagram.

 

             After completing a mission, a group of U.S. soldiers disembark from 85-24336, a CH-47D Chinook helicopter, when it lands at the U.S. occupied air base in Bagram, Afghanistan, 55 kilometers (34 miles) north of Kabul, on Friday, 25 October 2002.

 

 

         
A Chinook CH47 helicopter is seen through camouflage netting.

 

             A Chinook CH47 helicopter is seen through camouflage netting, taking off on a mission, at U.S. Air Base Bagram, 55 kilometers (34 miles) north of Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday, 8 November 2002.

 

 

         
A CH-47D Chinook lands in a field  near Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

 

             On 13 November 2002, during Operation Kofi Sofi, a CH-47D Chinook lands in a field near Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan with equipment and soldiers of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Operation Kofi Sofi was designed to rid the villages around the air base of ammunitions that would pose a potential danger to both the coalition forces and the local population.

 

 

         
U.S. Army soldiers with the the 82nd Airborne prepare to be extracted by an Army CH-47D Chinook helicopter.

 

             U.S. Army soldiers with the the 82nd Airborne prepare to be extracted by an Army CH-47D Chinook helicopter during a search for weapons caches on Thursday, 14 November 2002, in the Kohe Safi mountain range near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Dozens of mortars and rockets left over from the Afghan-Soviet war were found on the mission and were destroyed in order to prevent them from falling into Al Qaida or Taliban hands.

 

 

         

 

             November 2002: Feyzabad, Afghanistan ó A U.S. military MH-47E Chinook helicopter stands ready to receive medical supplies and whooping cough vaccine donated by the World Health Organization. U.S. officials approved a request by the organization to carry three doctors and enough vaccine to treat 2,000 people to Badhakshan Province, in northern Afghanistan, where an outbreak of whooping cough had claimed the lives of between 70 and 200 children. Two doctors were from the Afghan Ministry of Public Health and one was from the Aga Khan Development Foundation. Treating the children was complicated by the fact that travel takes three days by horse or mule to get over the mountains to the affected area. The only other way in is via helicopter. However, the altitude is such that most helicopters canít fly that high because the air is too thin to provide lift. The affected region is 15,000 feet above sea level. Going over the mountains by pack animal was out of the question simply because the vaccine becomes inert after being un-refrigerated for more than 48 hours.

 

 

             The following are a collection of undated photographs of which little is known, except that they were taken in Afghanistan in 2002 and are of aircraft assigned to B Company - "Hercules", 159th Aviation Regiment, from Savannah, Georgia:

 

 

         
B Company - "Hercules", 159th Aviation Regiment, CH-47D Chinook in Afghanistan, circa 2002.

 

 

         
B Company - "Hercules", 159th Aviation Regiment, CH-47D Chinook in Afghanistan, circa 2002.

 

 

         
B Company - "Hercules", 159th Aviation Regiment, CH-47D Chinook in Afghanistan, circa 2002.

 

 

         
B Company - "Hercules", 159th Aviation Regiment, CH-47D Chinook in Afghanistan, circa 2002.

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B Company - "Hercules", 159th Aviation Regiment, CH-47D Chinook in Afghanistan, circa 2002.

 

 

         
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