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Welcome to The Sandbox, a forum for service members who have served or are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, returned vets, spouses and caregivers. The Sandbox's focus is not on policy and partisanship (go to our Blowback page for that), but on the unclassified details of deployment -- the everyday, the extraordinary, the wonderful, the messed-up, the absurd. All correspondence is read, and as much as possible is posted, lightly edited. If you know someone who is deployed who might have something to say, please tell them about us. To submit a post click here.


April 16, 2007

Name: 1SG Troy Steward
Posting date: 4/16/07
Stationed in: Sharana, Afghanistan
Hometown: Amherst, NY
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This video features photographs from the second phase of Operation Mountain Fury, during which I was teamed up with Devil Company (D Co.) of 2/4th INF, 10th MTN DIV. The leadership and men of Devil Company are some of the best I have worked with over here from the regular army. They were all true professionals and have seen more than their fair share of combat while serving in Afghanistan. Several of the leadership were on their 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th combat tours. I consider it a true honor and privilege to have known them and fought alongside them while they were here. I dedicate this video to every one of them -- soldiers, men and brothers-in-arms.

Most of the photos were taken by the combat cameraman who was with us. In fact there is one picture of him in the video holding a cup of chai tea. The music is Toby Keith's "American Soldier", and it fits perfectly. I hope you enjoy it.


1SG Steward,
Very cool video and the music was perfect. I am so proud of you all! You and yours keep safe!!

Thank you for sharing this personal glimpse into another world for us. My boyfriend has recently returned from Iraq and another friend is currently in Afganistan, and these pics help to understand and comprehend another dimension of what we percieve as normal life in the USA. We should all remember to be thankful for what we have and pray for those closest to us.
God Bless,

God, I love you all! I am the wife of an American soldier, and I am so proud of all the members of our armed forces.

I feel so much hope when I see the pictures of you all looking into the eyes of that old man or playing with the Afghani children or sitting in a circle talking to the people. We, YOU, have the potential for so much good. Thank you for all you do.

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