Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Afghanistan Through My Eyes-At Ease

Not being a combat photographer or really a photographer at all I saw the war in a different way. The Army and Military strives to have everyone be the same. You dress the same, look the same, act the same...it's about being a team. On the mission you must be a unit, the unit of a platoon going out and accomplishing a task or goal to the big mission which you are a small part of the whole.

Life on the FOB is generally status quo...from one day to the next...if you survive, but your chance of survival increases if you're a synchronised team; think like a team and react like a team.

These photos were taken on FOB Joyce during the TOA (Transfer Of Authority) from the 101st division to the 25th division.

I was grateful to see moments when even in a simplistic way one could be an individual.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Afghanistan Through My Eyes-Montoya, NY Yankee Fan, Trapani & Sankbeil

On our C-17 from Manus into Bagram Senior Airman Bryan Montoya from NY out on the flight line caught my attention wearing a NY Yankee hat. Nice to see the yankee representation so far from home.

SRA Gna Trapani of Skaneateles, NY was also part of the fight crew, she's studying to be a pilot.

Tyler Sankbeil from Stoughton, Wisconsin was having a lucky day. He got to sit up with the pilot on the flight deck for the trip.