We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for September 2, 2009

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Senior Airman Bryce Kester looks out the ramp of a C-17 Globemaster III during a supply airdrop for a forward operating base in Afghanistan, Aug. 27, 2009, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Airman Kester is a loadmaster from the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, and deployed from McChord Air Force Base, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller)

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