(Jason Chudy/Stars and Stripes)

Deh Rawood, Afghanistan, March 24, 2004: Staff Sgt. Robert Kilcup watches as Afghan National Army soldiers load onto one of his unit’s CH-47D Chinook helicopters. Two Chinooks flew out Humvees to the base, then returned with the Afghan army soldiers. Kilcup’s unit, the Nomads of Company G, 104th Aviation Regiment, had flown more than 25,000 passengers, ranging from video camera-toting reporters to rocket propelled, grenade-carrying Afghan National Army soldiers. The unit was comprised of nearly 200 Connecticut and Pennsylvania National Guard.

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